Laurence Bergreen was born in New York City and educated at Harvard University. He is the author of As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin (winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award); James Agee: A Life; and Capone: The Man and the Era. A frequent contributor to Esquire, Newsweek, the New York Times, and other publications, he lives in New York City with his family.
"Bergreen writes with genuine love and respect for Armstrong's
art....This is likely to be the standard biography of Armstrong for
"A full-bodied portrait of the artist and the man that is far
more interesting than his already colorful legend."
--USA Today "No one has done a better job than Bergreen of making emotional sense of Armstrong's four marriages and uncounted affairs. . . . The fullest and frankest account of Armstrong to date."
--Boston Sunday Globe "A meticulously researched, vibrant biography, which has the potential to become the definitive word on Armstrong's life and remarkable career."