There are so many to choose from that I can't narrow it down to one, so I'll give a top 10
1. Boswell's "Life of Johnson" - still a terrific read over two centuries later, full of great anecdotes, humor, wise aphorisms, and keen observations about a remarkable man. The book paints Johnson "warts and all".
2. "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali - this is a "page turner" that is revealing of the life of a remarkable woman from a Muslim east African origin.
3. "Truman" by David McCullough - a beautifully researched and engagingly told story about a remarkable president and man of integrity
4. "A Beautiful Mind" by Sylvia Nasar (about mathematician/Nobel prize winner John Nash) - two paragraphs into the book and you are hooked.
5. "The Kennedys" by Peter Collier and David Horowitz - a fair and revealing look at a famous family, with their desires to improve the world yet all too human moral failings; The style of writing is easy to follow and the reporting is quite honest.
6. "The Agony and the Ecstasy" by Irving Stone - a wonderful biography about the gifted yet troubled genius Michelangelo
7. "Pablo Neruda" by Adam Feinstein - a thoughtful, reflective account about the famous Chilean poet/statesmen and his work.
8. "Albert Schweitzer" by James Brabazon - a sympathetic account about a an amazing man, his work in music, and in missionary medicine
9. "Jack: C.S. Lewis and his times" by George Sayer - A fine account by a good friend about a prolific writer
10. "Geronimo" by Angie Debo - a superb biography of the Apache leader's life
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