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Charles Schulz, the most widely syndicated and beloved cartoonist of all time, is also one of the most misunderstood figures in American culture. Now, acclaimed biographer David Michaelis gives us the first full-length biography of Schulz: at once a creation story, a portrait of a hidden American genius, and a chronicle contrasting the private man with the central role he played in shaping the national imagination.

The son of a barber, Schulz was born in Minnesota to modest, working class roots. In 1943, just three days after his mother's tragic death from cancer, Schulz, a private in the army, shipped out for boot camp and the war in Europe. The sense of shock and separation never left him. And these early experiences would shape his entire life.

With Peanuts, Schulz embedded adult ideas in a world of small children to remind the reader that character flaws and childhood wounds are with us always. It was the central truth of his own life, that as the adults we've become and as the children we always will be, we can free ourselves, if only we can see the humor in the predicaments of funny-looking kids. Schulz's Peanuts profoundly influenced the country in the second half of the 20th century. But the strip was anchored in the collective experience and hardships of Schulz's generation: the generation that survived the Great Depression and liberated Europe and the Pacific and came home to build the postwar world.

Michaelis brilliantly weaves Schulz's story with the cartoons that are so familiar to us, revealing a man we've never fully known and shedding new light on a touchstone of American life. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Edmond | 4/1/2011

    " Peanuts was something that everyone always took for granted. It was always there like a blanket or a dog. For decades Schulz drew his strips and none of us knew how much insight into his life they offered. Interestingly enough, like Lucy, Charles Schulz was kind of a jerk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by E. | 3/22/2011

    " Fascinating biography that I listened to as an audiobook. The person performing the work was fantastic. This resonated with me on so many levels -- as an artist, an introvert, a melancholy man who was nicknamed Charlie Brown in college -- and I can't recommend it enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 1/27/2011

    " Very well put together biography of one of the greatest cartoonists of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bob | 1/20/2011

    " Early years were interesting, but in later years the book became a bit boring, not unlike the man. Best part about it was the use of peanuts strips inserted along the way, commenting on and reflecting the writing throughout. "

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About the Author

David Michaelis is the author of two bestselling biographies, including N. C. Wyeth, which won the Ambassador Book Award for Biography and Autobiography, given by the English-Speaking Union of the United States. He lives in New York City.