Bestselling author Erik Larsen is one of my favorite contemporary non-fiction writers. Some of you know how difficult it is for me to put down any of his books once I begin reading them. I've recently decided that when I grow up, I want to be just like Erik Larsen and pen thick non-fiction best sellers...
Anyway, Larsen is known for his penchant for going off on lots of fascinating tangents (which he acknowledges and weakly apologizes for in the preface to his books). The question on my mind (and on everyone else's it turns out) is how does it he do it? How does he amass such a a gargantuan amount of material and put them all in their proper places in such a skillful and artful manner?
By the way, while he hasn't tackled any exclusively-Jewish material just yet (here's to hoping that he will in the near future), his recent book IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS was a fascinating look at the lives of an American family of diplomats in Hitler's Berlin.