Franklin's story is one of many in McElheny's book-one of the first Watson biographies-which spans Watson's career from the discovery of DNA's structure to his recent and highly controversial role in the human genome project. McElheny paints Watson as the father of molecular biology, which is true in many ways: He trained many top researchers, and spent much of his career lobbying for funding and supporting for the field. McElheny portrays Watson's well-know difficult personality, though his admiration for his subject shines through. That's no surprise, since the two men have been friends for more than 40 years. But it didn't stop Watson from refusing to be a source for McElheny's book. Perhaps that's why Watson and DNA relies heavily on previously published work-magazine articles, newspapers, books-and often reads like a dry report. Maddox's book starts off dry, but becomes a great read once it transitions from Franklin's uneventful personal life to her fascinating scientific career. Over all, both biographies make for a good read, and finally begin to sort fact from fiction in Rosalind Franklin's role as "the dark lady of DNA."