Everyone wants to fulfil a wish before they die and we suggest reading some famous biographies. When you read about the lives and times of men and women; great or ordinary alike, their struggles, their wins and their defeats; you realise they are as human as they are and at some level perhaps even get inspired. Read below to find out about some of the great biographies you could read and get enthused.
Truman is a great biographical work on Harry S. Truman by David McCullough. In the year 1993, he even won the Pulitzer Prize for the same. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States. McCullough wonderfully takes you through the life of Truman from his simple beginnings to becoming the President of America. It is one of the famous biographies with great prose and written in an eloquent style which is surely worth a read.
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9. Benjamin Franklin:
It is the 1939 Pulitzer Prize winning biography of Benjamin Franklin by Carl Van Doren. It is about the most noted and famous American ever. This book explores the Founding Father of America in an amazing and thorough manner. Carl Van Doren brings out every shade of Franklin’s character and persona in a remarkable and exhaustive fashion which is a pleasure to read.
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8. American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House:
This Pulitzer Prize (2009) winning biography of Andrew Jackson by Jon Meacham is one of the must read biographies. It chronicles how Andrew Jackson transformed the economy of United States of America. Though there have been many famous biographies of Andrew Jackson, the one by Jon Meacham is fresh and provides a brand new point of view of America’s seventh President.
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7. Eleanor and Franklin:
The story of America’s Former First Lady, Eleanor, based on her personal papers was written by Joseph P. Lash. The winner of 1972 Pulitzer Prize it captures her life since her birth in the year 1884 till the death of her husband in the year 1945. The book provides an insight into Eleanor’s life as a strong and steadfast lady who played a great role in her husband’s political career. A saga of metamorphosis of a girl to a woman and then again to one who has the power to influence lives, Eleanor and Franklin is surely a great read.
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6. Lincoln’s Last Days: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever:
This is written by Bill O-Reilly, an American television personality and author. The book is said to very engaging and offers a vivid understanding of American History to its readers. It also portrays how a gunshot influenced American history. The book was targeted to fascinate the young readers and has successfully managed to do so.
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5. The Power Broker:
It is the 1975 Pulitzer Prize winner by Robert A. Caro. This is the biography Robert A. Moses, the man who built New York. This is a sneering yet enthralling story of the “master builder” who without being within the democratic system was an extremely powerful personality in New York. He has his share of critics and also those that attributed the New York of 21st century possible due to his vision. All in all, a very interesting read.
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This brilliant biography of Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg was the Pulitzer Prize winner in the year 1999. Lindbergh was a hero who flew solo from New York to Paris in a single seat, single engine plane. Controversy and hysteria surrounded him throughout with him winning the Medal of Honor for his gallant feat, his infant son’s kidnapping and murder or his isolationist political views. Definitely one of the most famous biographies to read before you die.
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3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks:
It is one of the most thought provoking biographies ever to be written. Rebecca Skloot orchestrates how the cells of a woman lead to great advances in medicine. Henrietta was a poor black tobacco farmer whose body cell taken without her knowledge turned out to be vital for development of polio vaccine, cloning and more. But irony was that she and her family still lived in poverty and fought for survival. The story brings to light medical ethics, the experimentation on African Americans and more. One of the rarest thought provoking famous biographies written.
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2. Steve Jobs:
Walter Isaacson wrote the biography of Steve Jobs, perhaps the greatest innovator of the late 20th century. Isaacson was provided exclusive access and details with over forty interviews with Jobs in addition to conversations with family, friends and all those who came across the man during his lifetime. While it was Jobs who has contacted Isaacson to pen his biography, he never demanded any control over the content except the cover. Initially slated for release on 6th March 2012, it was published on 24th October, 2011, by Simon & Schuster in the United States after Steve Job’s death on 5th October 2011.
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1. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption:
It is the biography of an Air Force Lieutenant Louis Zamperini who survived after he crashed into the Pacific Ocean. It is written by none other than Laura Hillenbrand, the acclaimed author of the best seller Seabiscuit. One of the most famous biographies written, Unbroken relates the adventures of Louis Zamperini who drifted for days in the Pacific Ocean and ended up being a prisoner of the Japanese military. After its release in the year 2010, the book has become immensely popular and has been on the Amazon Best seller list ever since.
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