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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?

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.
Author(s): Walter Isaacson

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.
Author(s): Mark Shaw

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 Dep…
Author(s): Denise Kiernan

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.
Author(s): Simon Sebag Montefiore

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.
Author(s): John Clifford

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.
Author(s): Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin

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.
Author(s): Maxwell King

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.
Author(s): Tiffany Jenkins

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.
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 Library 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.

Karl Popper: Professional Philosopher and Public Intellectual

Author(s): Friedel Weinert
ID: 3602505, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2023, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

Ralph Edwards: RARE EVENTS: The Inside Story of a Worldwide Quest for Safer Medicines

Author(s): Ian Hembrow
ID: 3624865, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2023, Size: 20 Mb, Format: pdf

The Life of Henry James: A Critical Biography

Author(s): Peter Collister
ID: 3684575, Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, Year: 2023, Size: 38 Mb, Format: pdf

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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