Somewhat gossipy, anecdotal, the author writes with 'brio' -- and so is never dull. Though there is a section on "Sources" in the back, there are no footnotes, so it's generally impossible to check the source of the diverse material he presents. Also, he's not averse to making snide and very judgmental comments -- Spotts is quite clearly anti-fascist. My principal complaint is that the topic, which covers only artists and writers, is a bit narrow. At any rate, very worth the read.