Posted on October 18, 2023 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Two biographies of significant — and divisive — figures recently came out.

That's not unusual, of course; what is notable, though, is that these figures saw significant changes in how they were viewed during the long writing process.

NPR spoke with the authors of these two books recently, about what it's like to watch the hero of your book become a villain.

Michael Lewis wrote Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon, about cryptocurrency advocate Sam Bankman-Fried, who's being prosecuted on fraud charges now.

And Walter Isaacson wrote Elon Musk, spending significant time with the Tesla and SpaceX CEO before and during the time when Musk bought and heavily altered (including renaming) Twitter.

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