Another Consummate biography from Teachout. Duke is a well thought through nuanced warts and all Bio. Ellington is without doubt a musical genius and wounded soul who was unnecessarily cruel to the many women in his life and let no one, not even family ever become too close. He routinely stole ideas from his band members as well as frequent collaborator Billy Strayhorn. Most times he made whatever material he pilfered infinitely better. As a human being I lost a good deal of respect for him. Even so, his genius is irrefutable. Another marvelous job from a magnificent biographer of Arts figures.