The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
The first ~100 pages are classic. Then the rest goes down as the Second
World War entered the book. Vienna around the turn of the century was
historical. Mark Twain's activity during the period carried a perspective never
seen before. Everybody else seemed a bit psycho or neurotic in certain ways.
I thought more lay-in of philosophy, therefore allowing the book to
transcend the gold milieu of the chapters a bit, should make the book more
lasting and intellectually adorable.