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The main thread in a new biography of Tim Cook is he is a man of principle. Nowhere was that more apparent than during Apple's battle with the FBI in 2016, suggests author Leander Kahney in "Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level," an unauthorized biography of the Apple CEO that features interviews with company insiders. In the book, Bruce Sewell, Apple's general counsel at the ...

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores: ___ Fiction 1."Where the Crawdads Sing," by Dellia Owens (G.P. Putnam's Sons: $26) A young woman living on her own in the coastal marshes of North Carolina must engage with the people around her. 2."Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild," by Dav Pilkey (Graphix : $9.99) A heroic hound and his pals work to ...

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"The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela," edited by Sahm Venter; Liveright (640 pages, $35) ___ As a Times correspondent in South Africa during the final violent spasms of the apartheid regime and the jubilant election of the country's first black president in 1994, I noticed something odd about Nelson Mandela's speeches. Mandela would get thunderous cheers when he took the stage. Even from a ...

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Republican lawmakers were unusually silent Monday about whether they supported Gov. Scott Walker's plan to effectively end collective bargaining for nearly all public employees, even as hundreds of students filled the state Capitol with chants of "Kill this bill" in protest of the plan.

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