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A touching, brilliant, and groundbreaking biography of one of literary historys most famous couples, at once a dual biography, a history, and the portrait of a long and stormy marriage, William L. Shirers new book - written in his ninth decade -MoreA touching, brilliant, and groundbreaking biography of one of literary historys most famous couples, at once a dual biography, a history, and the portrait of a long and stormy marriage, William L. Shirers new book - written in his ninth decade - explores the passionate, highly charged, and extraordinary lives of Leo and Sonya Tolstoy. It is a compelling illumination both of the nature of genius and of the universal problems of love, sex, and marriage - themes that Tolstoy played out in his great fiction and that haunted him in his tangled domestic life. Rich in anecdotes, wise, full of sweeping history, and imbued with Shirers profound knowledge of literature and life, Love and Hatred ranks beside such works as Robert Massies Nicholas and Alexandra and Nigel Nicolsons Portrait of a Marriage as a masterly, intuitive, and sympathetic exploration of the love/hate relationship between two famous, bigger-than-life people. Beginning in 1862, when Tolstoy committed the blunder of asking his young bride to read his diaries of his bachelor life so there should be no secrets between them, and ending with his tragic flight from home (and marriage) in 1910 while the whole world waited for news of him, Love and Hatred tells the story of a great romance between two people who could live neither together nor apart - a romance that exhausted and obsessed them both, and that forms the basis for much of Tolstoys work. The final book of William L. Shirers long and brilliant career, it is - appropriately - a masterly re-creation of a time, of two extraordinary people, and of the very nature of love, marriage, and old age.