An Upcoming Robert Oppenheimer Biography, Joe Perry Steps into the Spotlight, and More

The final installment of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, a trilogy on Winston Churchill that has captivated two generations so far, was released last week. Picking up where Visions of Glory and Alone left off in 1989, the 1200-plus-page Defender of the Realm packs a new punch: Manchester died eight years ago, leaving friend and author Paul Reid to complete his weighty Churchill tribute. [via Bloomberg Businessweek]

If you can’t get enough insider info on the pop-rock icons of Aerosmith, specifically guitarist Joe Perry, then this could be the best news you’ll hear this year: Perry will compose his autobiography with the help of author David Ritz, thereby adding his own story to singer Steven Tyler and drummer Joey Kramer’s already existing band tales. [via]

Biographer Ray Monk has spent the past 11 years getting inside quantum physicist Robert Oppenheimer’s head. What he saw there resulted in Robert Oppenheimer, an 800-page mix of scientific brilliance and tragedy of Greek proportions. Along with the advances Oppenheimer spearheaded during that Mid-Century cross between science and war, his bouts of insanity and social missteps - including a badly told lie that nevertheless destroyed the career of one of his closest friends and colleagues - make for a complex and fascinating life. Monk’s page-turning story is boosted by precise facts, and will be released next spring. [via The Guardian]

Master of well-crafted silliness, author Tom Robbins will use his flair for bizarre tales in the narration of his own life. His autobiography, tentatively titled Tibetan Peach Pie, will be published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. Robbins' is planning to take off from his earliest life in Appalachian hills, wind through his many marriages, and delve into the hidden corners he has explored across Africa, Asia, and the United States. [via the New York Times]

To be at its best, a Genghis Kahn biopic likely deserves the undivided attention of both Wu Tang’s RZA and John Milius - of "Conan the Barbarian," "Dirty Harry," "Red Dawn" and "Apocalypse Now" fame. Sure enough, Milius will write and RZA will direct a cinematic tribute to twelfth-century founder of the mighty Mongol Empire, setting their talent for scenes of spectacularly enjoyable violence to a task of historical proportions. Shooting will begin next year in China. [via Tinymixtapes]