As one half of the Lennon-McCartney songwriting duo, Paul McCartney helped transform popular music, moving from the pop of 'Love Me Do' to the symphonics of 'A Day in the Life' to anthems such as 'Hey, Jude' and 'Let It Be.' Along the way, The Beatles ascended from the basements of working-class Liverpool to heights of fame and wealth. McCartney's own ambitions fueled much of the group's progress. But even as he steered himself from childhood tragedy to his meeting with John Lennon to the gestation of The Beatles and their rise to international acclaim, the same appetites that drove the group to its greatest creative and commercial heights also served to tear the band members apart. Still, McCartney's career didn't end with the Beatles' breakup. Nor, for that matter, did the bonds between the Beatles. And in this biography, Peter Ames Carlin examines McCartney's entire life, casting light not just on The Beatles Era, but also on Paul's years with Wings and his thirty-year relationship with his first wife, Linda McCartney.