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Best Biographies Books: The Ultimate Collection

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Biographies books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies (2016)

Best Biographies Books: The Ultimate Collection J. B. West, chief usher of the White House, directed the operations and maintenance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—and coordinated its daily life—at the request of the president and his family. He directed state functions; planned parties, weddings and funerals, gardens and playgrounds, and extensive renovations; and, with a large staff, supervised every activity in the presidential home. For twenty-eight years, first as assistant to the chief usher, then as chief usher, he witnessed national crises and triumphs, and interacted daily with six…
Author(s): J. B. West, Mary Lynn Kotz

2. Leonardo da Vinci (2018)

Best Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionBased on thousands of pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson “deftly reveals an intimate Leonardo” (San Francisco Chronicle) in a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he…
Author(s): Walter Isaacson

3. The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen (2017)

Best Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionThese questions and more are answered in former CNN, ESPN, and USA Today legal analyst Mark Shaw’s 25th book, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much. Through discovery of never-before-seen videotaped eyewitness interviews with those closest to Kilgallen and secret government documents, Shaw unfolds a “whodunit” murder mystery featuring suspects including Frank Sinatra, J. Edgar Hoover, Mafia Don Carlos Marcello and a "Mystery Man" who may have silenced Kilgallen. All while by presenting through Kilgallen's…
Author(s): Mark Shaw

4. The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home (2018)

Best Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionA New York Times bestseller with an “engaging narrative and array of detail” (The Wall Street Journal), the “intimate and sweeping” (Raleigh News & Observer) untold, true story behind the Biltmore Estate—the largest, grandest private residence in North America, which has seen more than 120 years of history pass by its front door.The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer…
Author(s): Denise Kiernan

5. Jerusalem: The Biography (2012)

Best Biographies Books: The Ultimate Collection“This is an essential book for those who wish to understand a city that remains a nexus of world affairs.” —Booklist (starred)Jerusalem is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, fanaticism, bloodshed, and coexistence, from King David to the 21st century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict.   How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the “center of the world” and now the key to peace in the Middle East? In a gripping narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many…
Author(s): Simon Sebag Montefiore

6. Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design (2013)

Best Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionWho are history's most influential graphic designers? In this fun, fast-paced introduction to the most iconic designers ofour time, author John Clifford takes you on a visual history tour that's packed with the posters, ads, logos, typefaces, covers, and multimediawork that have made these designers great. You'll find examples oflandmark work by such industry luminaries as El Lissitzky, AlexanderRodchenko, A.M. Cassandre, Alvin Lustig, Cipe Pineles, Paul Rand, SaulBass, Milton Glaser, Wim Crouwel, Stefan Sagmeister, John Maeda, PaulaScher, and more.  Who coined the term graphic design? Who turned…
Author(s): John Clifford

7. Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford (2017)

Best Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November reflects on his seventeen years on the Secret Service for presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.The assassination of one president, the resignation of another, and the swearing-in of the two who followed those traumatic events. Clint Hill was there, on duty, through Five Presidents. After an extraordinary career as a Special Agent on the White House Detail, Clint Hill retired in 1975. His career spanned the administrations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford….
Author(s): Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin

8. The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers (2019)

Best Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionFred Rogers (1928–2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness, fiercely devoted to children and taking their questions about the world seriously. The Good Neighbor is the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers. Based on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, The Good Neighbor traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work. It includes his surprising decision to walk away from the show in 1976 to make television for…
Author(s): Maxwell King

9. High Achiever: The Incredible True Story of One Addict’s Double Life (2019)

Best Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionWhen word got out that Tiffany Jenkins was withdrawing from opiates on the floor of a jail cell, people in her town were shocked. Not because of the twenty felonies she’d committed, or the nature of her crimes, or even that she’d been captain of the high school cheerleading squad just a few years earlier, but because her boyfriend was a Deputy Sherriff, and his friends—their friends—were the ones who’d arrested her. A raw and twisty page-turning memoir that reads like fiction, High Achiever spans…
Author(s): Tiffany Jenkins

10. Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire (2017)

Best Biographies Books: The Ultimate Collection“Victoria the Queen, Julia Baird’s exquisitely wrought and meticulously researched biography, brushes the dusty myth off this extraordinary monarch.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice) When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would threaten many of Europe’s monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public’s expense, and republican sentiment was growing. The Industrial Revolution was transforming the landscape, and the British Empire was commanding ever larger…
Author(s): Julia Baird

Best Biographies Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some biographies books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Einstein and Heisenberg: The Controversy Over Quantum Physics

Author(s): Konrad Kleinknecht
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2019, Size: 9 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2329707

Judicial Independence: Memoirs of a European Judge

Author(s): Carl Baudenbacher
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354160

Ludwig Prandtl: A Life for Fluid Mechanics and Aeronautical Research

Author(s): Michael Eckert
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354611

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen: The Birth of Radiology

Author(s): Gerd Rosenbusch, Annemarie de Knecht-van Eekelen
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2355273

Pietro Blaserna and the Birth of the Institute of Physics in Rome: A Gentleman Scientist at Via Panisperna

Author(s): Miriam Focaccia
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2406983

Imperial Biologists: The Imperial Family of Japan and Their Contributions to Biological Research

Author(s): Hideo Mohri
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2411305

David Bohm: A Life Dedicated to Understanding the Quantum World

Author(s): Olival Freire Junior
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2019, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2412966

The Life of José María Sobral : Scientist, Diarist, and Pioneer in Antarctica

Author(s): Mary R. Tahan
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2153704

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly hot items according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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