I was looking through the comments, and I don’t believe anyone mentioned Gary Wills’ “Nixon Agonistes.” The only biographies I’ve read have been of Nixon (my favorite President), and this was my first. I noticed it wasn’t on your list, so I thought I’d mention it. It’s rather short at 602 pages, but highly compelling. It came out DURING Nixon’s administration (1970), and Wills was subsequently blacklisted–how many biographers can claim that? I actually thought it was an even-handed approach to Nixon’s early Presidentcy (it came out pre-Watergate), and it touches on events heavy in the political atmosphere of the late sixties. It really is more a work of political philosophy, beautifully written in a style akin to John Updike rather than a regular historian. It is, ultimately, critical of Nixon, casting him–as the title suggests–as a mythologically tragic figure, destined to fail, but it ends up being prescient about politics today, which is what the best histories often are. Thanks for the blog, and I can’t wait for you to get to Nixon.
There is much debate about how much effect steroid use has on the premature deaths of professional wrestlers. As this list will be updated with causes of death, where available, it is beneficial to have some idea of the side effects of steroid use. While the true long term side effects are not fully known, it is believed that just a few of the side effects of steroid use include: heart disease, liver damage, kidney damage, cancer, strokes and blood clots, depression, thoughts of suicide, paranoia, hallucinations, severe mood swings, and ‘roid rage’ – severe, agressive behavior that may result in violence.