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The New York Times Book ReviewMasters's book is in no way a conventional biography, thanks largely to the presence of Norton himself in all his feisty, mackerelly complexity. Masters hands drafts to his subject as he goes, then records the usually aggrieved reactions. Norton is especially hard on what he considers Masters's oversimplified or meaningless attempts to explain the mathematician's worldview. Norton is correct in all cases, and you have to admire Masters for allowing him the last word. In this way Simon reminded me of Ian Hamilton's In Search of J. D. Salinger, which similarly sets out to be a biography but ends up, under relentless pressure from its subject, an altogether different kind of book, about the challenge of capturing an unwilling living figure in a dead paper medium.