Hello Goodbye Hello

Author Craig Brown traces a loop of chance encounters among celebrities, politicians, artists, and authors. Whether marveling at Mark Twain’s gracious reception of a 23-year-old Rudyard Kipling or casting an incredulous eye on the praise H. G. Wells heaps on Stalin, you’ll be astonished by the extent to which everyone is connected. One of our picks for Best Nonfiction of 2012.