PanThe Washington PostWhipple... [is] really not here to wrestle with complexities. He’s traveling the well-worn path of a reconstructed narrative based on insider accounts — a methodology that’s been widely discredited in recent years, as political operatives have grown ever more savvy at manipulating it ... As for the actual writing, the book generally reads like a capable AI rendering of the formulaic reconstruction ... Reading The Fight of His Life, I became convinced that Whipple actually had a better book in his voluminous notes.
RaveThe New York Times Book ReviewClever, unblinking and unrelentingly painful, it has to be the best thing he has produced in many years ... While not a terribly inventive lyricist, Collins turns out to be a gifted storyteller ... It’s not all darkness. Not Dead Yet is laced with self-lacerating wit and celebrity cameos (Dustin Hoffman, Tony Bennett, Adele) rendered with unusual candor.