The Man Behind The Da Vinci Code
The Man Behind The Da Vinci Code
by Lisa Rogak
about Dan Brown
The Man Behind the Da Vinci Code is the first book to chronicle Dan Brown's upbringing, his rise to best-sellerdom, the sometimes mysterious and quirky nuances of his character, and his recent struggles to protect a false sense of anonymity by drawing into a sheltered and isolated society of his own making.
From the front cover jacket...
Dan Brown's New York Times best-seller The Da Vinci Code has sold many millions of copies in over forty languages, becoming a worldwide phenomenon that has inspired secret societies, international museum tours, and even a forthcoming major motion picture. But despite the phenomenal success of The Da Vinci Code and several of his other novels, Dan Brown himself has been able to remain something of a mystery to his fans. While there are more than two dozen books that address various aspects of The Da Vinci Code, little has been written about the enigmatic author.
The Man Behind the Da Vinci Code is the first book to chronicle Dan Brown's upbringing, his rise to best-sellerdom, the sometimes mysterious and quirky nuances of his character, and his recent struggles to protect a false sense of anonymity by drawing into a sheltered and isolated society of his own making. Through exclusive personal interviews with his friends and former colleagues as well as newspaper articles and interview transcripts collected over the course of Brown's career, biographer Lisa Rogak paints an intriguing and insightful picture of the man Time magazine named one of the one hundred most influential people of 2005.
From the back cover jacket...
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME THE BEST-SELLING FICTION WRITER OF OUR TIME?
Among the many insights included in this fascinating portrait of Dan Brown:
The impact and influence of the elite prep school Phillips Exeter Academy on Brown's life. How Brown became infatuated by secret societies.Brown's unusual work habits, including his use of gravity boots, an antique hourglass, and voice-recognition software. How he ventured from his first calling as a middle-of-the-road pop singer to become a publishing phenomena and Random House's best-selling author to date. The connectedness of Brown's writing and his life. For example, early pop-singer days produced a 1994 CD and title track Angels and Demons. The CD's cover was designed by John Langdon, who would create the cover for the subsequent Angels and Demons book while also inspiring a portion of protagonist Robert Langdon's name.
Praise for Lisa Rogak:
"In this carefully crafted, behind-the-scenes biography, Rogak succeeds in uncovering the 'truthiness' about the real Colbert." Booklist on And Nothing But the Truthiness
"A thoroughly respectful overview of King's life, and a great starter biography for new fans." The Boston Globe on Haunted Heart
"An authoritative and accessible biography, absorbing from cover to cover." Library Journal on A Boy Named Shel
About the Author
LISA ROGAK is the author of more than forty books. Her most recent biographies are And Nothing But the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert, the Edgar- and Anthony-nominated Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King, and A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein. She is also the editor of the New York Times-bestseller Barack Obama in His Own Words.
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; First edition (October 1, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.8 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces