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Werner Herzog grew up in a remote mountain village in Bavaria. He never saw any films, television, or telephones as a child. During high school he worked the nightshift as a welder in a steel factory to produce his first film, in 1961, at the age of nineteen. Since then he has produced, written, and directed more than fifty films, including Aguirre, the Wrath of God; The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser; Rescue Dawn; and Grizzly Man. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
"Hypnotic...Any book by Mr. Herzog...turns his devotees into cryptographers. It is ever tempting to try to fathom his restless spirit and his determination to challenge fate." -- Janet Maslin, New York Times "Reveals Herzog to be witty, compassionate, microscopically observant and-your call-either maniacally determined or admirably persevering." -- Los Angeles Times "Stands alone as a compellingly gonzo piece of reportage. . . . As a read, Conquest flies along-but not because it's especially plotty. Rather, it gathers its kick from the spectacle of a celebrity director escaping the late-'70s famescape into his own obsessions." -- Time Out New York "Those who haven't encountered Herzog on screen will undoubtedly be drawn in by the director's lyricism, while cinephiles will relish the opportunity to retrace the steps of one on the medium's masters." -- Publishers Weekly "Urgent and compelling. . . . A valuable historical record and a strangely stylish, hypnotic literary work." -- Kirkus Reviews