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Best Biography Books You Should Enjoy

Here is a list of the best Biography books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Jerusalem: The Biography (2012)

 Best Biography Books You Should Enjoy“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…
Author(s): Simon Sebag Montefiore

2. Leonardo da Vinci (2018)

 Best Biography Books You Should EnjoyBased 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 pursued innovative…
Author(s): Walter Isaacson

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

 Best Biography Books You Should Enjoy“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…
Author(s): Julia Baird

4. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography (2000)

 Best Biography Books You Should EnjoyThe authorized biography of the creator of Middle-earth. In the decades since his death in September 1973, millions have read THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and THE SILMARILLION and become fascinated about the very private man behind the books. Born in South Africa in January 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was orphaned in childhood and brought up in near-poverty. He served in the first World War, surviving the Battle of the Somme, where he lost many of the closest friends he’d ever had. After the war he returned to the academic life, achieving high repute as a scholar and university teacher, eventually becoming Merton…
Author(s): Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien

5. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different: A Biography (2012)

 Best Biography Books You Should Enjoy“Your time is limited. . . . have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” ―Steve JobsFrom the start, his path was never predictable. Steve Jobs was given up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college after one semester, and at the age of twenty, created Apple in his parents’ garage with his friend Steve Wozniack. Then came the core and hallmark of his genius―his exacting moderation for perfection, his counterculture life approach, and his level of taste and style that pushed all boundaries. A devoted husband, father, and Buddhist, he…
Author(s): Karen Blumenthal

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

 Best Biography Books You Should EnjoyThe #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,…
Author(s): Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin

7. Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination (2007)

 Best Biography Books You Should EnjoyThe definitive portrait of one of the most important cultural figures in American history: Walt Disney. Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed animation from a novelty to an art form, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films–most notably Snow White, Fantasia, and Bambi. In his superb biography, Neal Gabler shows us how, over the course of two decades, Disney revolutionized the entertainment industry. In a way that was unprecedented and later…
Author(s): Neal Gabler

8. Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea (2000)

 Best Biography Books You Should EnjoyPopular math at its most entertaining and enlightening. “Zero is really something”-Washington PostA New York Times Notable Book.The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshiped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics. Now it threatens the foundations of modern physics. For centuries the power of zero savored of the demonic; once harnessed, it became the most important tool in mathematics. For zero, infinity’s twin, is not like other numbers. It is both nothing and everything.In , Science Journalist Charles Seife follows…
Author(s): Charles Seife

9. Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World (1998)

 Best Biography Books You Should EnjoyMark Kurlansky’s third work of nonfiction and winner of the 1999 James Beard Award is the biography of a single species of fish, but it may as well be a world history with this humble fish as its recurring main character. Cod, it turns out, is the reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic, and it is the only reason they could. What did the Vikings eat in icy Greenland and on the five expeditions to America recorded in the Icelandic sagas? Cod, frozen and dried in the frosty air, then broken into pieces and eaten like hardtack. What was the staple of the medieval diet? Cod again, sold salted by the Basques,…
Author(s): Mark Kurlansky

10. Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt (1982)

 Best Biography Books You Should EnjoyThe National Book Award–winning biography that tells the story of how young Teddy Roosevelt transformed himself from a sickly boy into the vigorous man who would become a war hero and ultimately president of the United States, told by master historian David McCullough.Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as “a masterpiece” (John A. Gable, Newsday), it is the winner of the Los Angeles Times 1981 Book Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Biography. Written by David McCullough, the author of Truman, this is the story of a…
Author(s): David McCullough

11. Wolves at the Door: The True Story Of America’s Greatest Female Spy (2008)

 Best Biography Books You Should EnjoyVirginia Hall left her Baltimore home in 1931 to enter the Foreign Service and went to work for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) when Hitler was building toward the peak of his power in Europe. She was assigned to France, where she helped the Resistance movement, escaped prisoners of war, and American Allied paratroopers. By 1942 she was considered so dangerous to the Gestapo that she had to escape over the Pyrenees mountains―on an artificial leg, no less. When she got to England, she was reassigned to France by the OSS, disguised as an old peasant woman. She helped capture 500 German…
Author(s): Judith Pearson

12. Einstein: His Life and Universe (2008)

 Best Biography Books You Should EnjoyBy the author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein. How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson’s biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. Based on newly released personal letters of Einstein, this book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk—a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn’t get a…
Author(s): Walter Isaacson

13. Children Who Changed the World: The Childhood Biographies of Gates, Jobs, Disney, Einstein, Ford, Tesla, and Edison (2019)

 Best Biography Books You Should EnjoyWhat were these 7 amazing people like as children?What kind of childhoods, education, and families did they have? What led them to their outstanding accomplishments? Was it Intelligence? Fortitude? Confidence? Passion? Luck? All of the above? Or was it something else?Enjoy these seven fascinating, but little-known stories. Follow each of these children through that brief period of life where life-long personalities are formed. Discover what turned them into world-changing icons of modern history; what turned little Albert into “EINSTEIN” or young Thomas into “EDISON.”These…
Author(s): David Butler

14. Searching for Candy: John Candy: A Biography (2018)

 Best Biography Books You Should EnjoyLegendary comedic actor, John Candy, is often described as one of the sweetest men in Hollywood. Police Academy legend, Tim Kazurinksy, once said that “John wasn’t just a one in a million guy – he was a one in a hundred million guy”. Incredibly talented, full of heart and extraordinarily hard working, with over forty movies under his belt, Candy was a screen icon during the 80s and early 90s. His starring roles in Uncle Buck, Cool Runnings, Spaceballs and Planes, Trains and Automobiles are testament to a rare and much loved talent. Candy could make you laugh and cry on the turn of a dime.Searching for Candy is an extensive overview of…
Author(s): Tracey J Morgan , Joe Shooman, et al.

Best Biography Books You Should Enjoy

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 biography 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.

Pope Benedict XVI : a biography of Joseph Ratzinger

Author(s): John L Allen
ID: 877699, Publisher: Continuum , Year: [2005?], Size: 10 Kb, Format: rtf

Hitler: A Biography

Author(s): Peter Longerich
ID: 2421410, Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 5 Sept 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography

Author(s): Ian Carr
ID: 2388390, Publisher: Da Capo Press, Year: 30 Apr 2009, Size: 947 Kb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to Washington Post, others are drafted 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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