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The list author says: "I believe we learn more from history through study of the individuals who shape it, rather than the events themselves."
Churchill : A Life
1.  Churchill : A Life by Martin Gilbert
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  "A tour de force, one volume biography of one of the greatest individuals in human history."
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Truman
2.  Truman by David McCullough
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  "David McCullough is outstanding.  Truman was a worthy subject."
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Alexander Hamilton
3.  Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
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  "Fascinating biography of one of our least known and most influential Founding Fathers.  Only drawback is hero worship by the author."
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John Adams
4.  John Adams by David McCullough
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  "With Washington, Hamilton and Jefferson, our most important Founding Father."
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Steve Jobs
5.  Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
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  "A comprehensive and balanced look at one of the most influential men of the last 100 years."
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Wilson
6.  Wilson by A. Scott Berg
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  "A good look at a previously neglected period of American history."
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Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
7.  Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow
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  "Extremely interesting bio of the greatest entrepreneur in American history."
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Andrew Carnegie
8.  Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw
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  "Good history of the original American capitalist and the times in which he lived."
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Peter the Great: His Life and World
9.  Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie
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  "Fascinating ruler in an equally fascinating period."
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Theodore Roosevelt: A Life
10.  Theodore Roosevelt: A Life by Nathan Miller
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  "Our most "American" President.  Denied immortality by his times, had he been President during a major war, he would likely be viewed as the greatest President ever.  He is, after all, on Mt. Rushmore."
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Lincoln
11.  Lincoln by David Herbert Donald
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  "He was given the opportunity for immortality and did not squander it."
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Caesar: A Biography
12.  Caesar: A Biography by Christian Meier
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  "One of the most interesting and renowned human beings in recorded history."
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His Excellency: George Washington
13.  His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis
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  "Very well written and entertaining biography of our nation's greatest leader.  In turbulent political times, he literally held the fledgling republic together."
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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
14.  Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
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  "Along with Teddy Roosevelt, perhaps the most "American" of our icons."
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Eisenhower: Soldier and President (The Renowned One-Volume Life)
15.  Eisenhower: Soldier and President (The Renowned One-Volume Life) by Stephen E. Ambrose
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  "A comprehensive one volume biography dealing with the life of Dwight D. Eisenhower."
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
16.  Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
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  "Inspirational account of the life of Olympic track athlete and WWII Pacific theater P.O.W. Louis Zamperini."
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Catherine the Great
17.  Catherine the Great by Henri Troyat
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  "Enlightening biography of  a great Russian Czarina."
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Einstein: His Life and Universe
18.  Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
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  "Purchased audiobook version.  Essentially, a two part look at Einstein; one on his personal life and another on his scientific concepts (hard to envision unless your a physicist)."
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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
19.  Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
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  "Very similar in quality to the Troyat work."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (990 customer reviews)

Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times
20.  Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H. W. Brands
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  "Very good biography of "an American Original"."
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Coolidge
21.  Coolidge by Amity Shlaes
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  "As the name implies."
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Mornings On Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life, and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt
22.  Mornings On Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life, and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt by David McCullough
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  "Details the early life experiences of Theodore Roosevelt."
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Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
23.  Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by H. W. Brands
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  "A brief book on the life of Franklin Roosevelt"
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Lindbergh
24.  Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg
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  "A very complicated individual."
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Thomas Jefferson
25.  Thomas Jefferson by R. B. Bernstein
The list author says:
  "Very simple and basic primer on the life and accomplishments of Thomas Jefferson.  At 192 pages it provides little analysis or perspective, but acts as somewhat of an antidote for the character assassination Jefferson receives in "Hamilton" and to a lesser extent "John Adams"."
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Herbert Hoover: The American Presidents Series: The 31st President, 1929-1933
26.  Herbert Hoover: The American Presidents Series: The 31st President, 1929-1933 by William Edward Leuchtenburg
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  "Brief biography of a much maligned American President."
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John Quincy Adams (The American Presidents Series)
27.  John Quincy Adams (The American Presidents Series) by Robert Vincent Remini
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  "A very summary outline of the life and accomplishments of our sixth President."
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The Life of Elizabeth I
28.  The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
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  "Somewhat narrow and shallow treatment of the life of the Virgin Queen."
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Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England
29.  Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England by Alison Weir
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  "Revisionist history with the wife of Edward II as the subject."
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Ivan the Terrible
30.  Ivan the Terrible by Isabel de Madariaga
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  "Interesting topic and period, however written in the style of a textbook."
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