Geoffrey Gagnon

Top of Mind: Extended Q & A with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Your new PBS series—how long did it take to put together? We started doing research on it in the spring. The hardest part of doing a series on genealogy is doing the genealogy. I mean, it takes months to track…

On Location: Tavern On The Water

Nothing attests to the transformative power of a balmy breeze, sherbet-colored sunsets, and the gentle gurgling of the surf quite like Tavern on the Water—a nondescript bar if landlocked, but exponentially more inviting oceanside. Just add water, indeed. Perched on…

So, This Is What a Biotech Tycoon Looks Like

The biotech tycoon has become something of a ballet fan. Proof of this fact sits right across Marblehead Harbor. Or rather, it will. From the back porch of his comfortable house, Henri Termeer stands with his face to the wind…

Con Heir

The forgotten story of how Boston became the birthplace of white-collar crime. The Exchange Artist By Jane Kamensky (Viking, 464 pages, $29.95) With her dramatic history of a building’s—and a man’s—meteoric rise and stunning fall, Kamensky unearths a gem in…

The Gambling Man

As the leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag, Glenn Marshall jump-started the frenzied race to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts—a race a lot of powerful people are now working to make sure he doesn’t win. But the hardheaded ex-Marine has a…