The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary is by Simon Winchester. The fascinating tale of James Murray, who led the committee to create the Oxford English Dictionary and the American doctor who assists him. The catch, Dr. W.C. Minor is an inmate in an English insane asylum and is criminally insane and a murderer. This book proves that often truth is stranger than fiction. The story behind the English language's most amazing dictionary is delightful as well.
Ratings: 9th grade - 8 out of 10 - V (violence) - AC (some mature thematic content).