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WHAT T IS THE BEST BIOGRAPY YOU EVER READ?


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Posted on Jul 25, 2012 3:54:20 PM PDT
DallasMartha says:
Angela's Ashes

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 4:58:37 PM PDT
E. Anderson says:
Reading the Man by Elizabeth Brown Prior. A compelling biography of Robert E. Lee written from his collection of letters from his time as a young man to a promising career as an engineer in the Mexican War to his final days in the most desparate of struggles in the Cival War. It is a different way of learning about the real man behind the mythological leader canonized in our military histories.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 6:51:42 AM PDT
Kate Remembered about Katherine Hepburn. I'm not a huge biography fan, but truly enjoyed this book about Katherine Hepburn.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 10:39:34 AM PDT
NEP jr says:
to AMAZON BOOKS re: WHAT IS THE BEST BIOGRAPHY YOU EVER READ?

¶Although an AutoBio (rather than a Bio) "THE EDUCATION OF HENRY ADAMS" still gets my vote.
Speaking of Boston, don't forget Richard Whalen's "THE FOUNDING FATHER" (i.e. Joseph P. KENNEDY).
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Posted on Jul 31, 2012 2:14:33 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 4, 2012 6:53:09 AM PDT
Dee Vine says:
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet A. Jacobs (Herself). Written by a former female slave in antebellum America and published in 1861 under the pen name of Linda Brent, the book is a powerful indictment on black women's exploitation in America during slavery years. When I read the first hand accounts of this intelligent and articulate woman who suffered cruel and shameful treatment at the hands of her owner, I cried. This book should be required reading for all high school students.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 10:34:01 AM PDT
DSJ says:
An autobiography would have to be mine "My life, a life story of a man infected" but then Im biased to my own work...I love reading about people who overcome adversity and bore easily of stories of people who have spoon fed lives and are bored so they write their own stories...

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 11:05:50 AM PDT
Tgatwwek says:
A Team if Rivals. Easily the best biography of Lincoln I've read. Lots of interesting stories within a story. Who else has read this and enjoyed it? Goodwin is a first-rate biographer. Up there with David McCullough. If you like history and historical figures, you'll love this one!

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 11:07:26 AM PDT
Tgatwwek says:
A Team if Rivals. Easily the best biography of Lincoln I've read. Lots of interesting stories within a story...and yes, it IS a page-turner. Who else has read this and enjoyed it? Goodwin is a first-rate biographer. Up there with David McCullough. If you like history and historical figures, you'll love this one!

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 6:22:59 PM PDT
Try biographies by Walter Isaacson. He is an amazing biographer with biographies about Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger, and others. Great writer.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 10:51:36 PM PDT
The Trapp family by Maria Von Trapp

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 4:46:07 AM PDT
Babsy13 says:
The books I like to read are biographies, memoirs, and auto-biographies...here are just a few....well, maybe more then just a few!!! They were all page turners and left a lasting impression on me. I hope you enjoy.

[ASIN:0312374631 And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition]]
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
I Never Saw Another Butterfly
Nicholas and Alexandra
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Diary of Anne Frank (Longman Imprint Books)
The Executioner's Song
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By McBride, James The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother (10th Anniverary Edition) 10th anniversary Edition Paperback
A Civil Action
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: The Illustrated Edition: An Indian History of the American West (The Illustrated Editions)
Wait Till Next Year - A Memoir
Sunflower

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 9:29:56 AM PDT
greenpete says:
Mind if I plug my own book? "Bluejackets in the Blubber Room" is a biography, but a little different. It profiles a 19th century American sailing ship. It may not belong in the "Best" category, but I think it has appeal to both academics and a general audience. If you like ships, the sea, history, American Civil War...you might enjoy it! Thanks, and sorry for the shameless sales pitch!

Bluejackets in the Blubber Room: A Biography of the William Badger, 1828-1865

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 9:33:40 AM PDT
vespasian says:
peter, I do like those things. Ill lookit up..vesp ps was this published by the US Naval Institute press. They publish some fine stuff...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 6:39:18 PM PDT
greenpete says:
Thank you, vespasian! My publisher is actually University of Alabama Press. However, I visited the US Naval Institute during my research, and they're in my bibliography. Take care, and thanks again!

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 9:23:42 PM PDT
Although not a biography, per say, PANDORA HER BOX AND HER DADDY'S CURSE is book everyone should read Pandora, her Box and her Daddy's Curse

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 6:28:20 AM PDT
vespasian says:
Peter, While in the Navy, I joined thee naval institue press. They have some fine, hard to get books.In 1964 I ordered and read "Aboard the USS Monitor: 1862., and a book , which ive misplaced called "Japanese Destroyer Captain". I forget the guy names They are both gret books. The Monitor is by William Keeler ( not Wee Willie). I was aboard ship from 64 t0 67 and the millage allowance for officers in the 1960s was 10cents per mile. In the 1860s it was also 10 cents per mile!!! vessp

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 3:04:47 PM PDT
Will Lutwick says:
Unbroken by Lauren Hillebrand.

Second is Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji

Check out these recent reviews from the pros:
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"An eye-opening story about love, loss, and discrimination...Not only is this an exciting memoir, but it's a great modern day Romeo and Juliet tale. You can tell that this book was a passionate labor of love. Each page is as addicting as the last, with great emotional elements driving the story. This is a great book for those looking for a well-rounded love story with a few laughs and a lot of heart." Five Stars.
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Dodging Machetes: How I Survived Forbidden Love, Bad Behavior, and the Peace Corps in Fiji

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2012 9:14:05 AM PDT
greenpete says:
I use quotes from William Keeler in my book. He was also on another blockade gunboat, the USS Florida.

I love reading about ships and the sea. You might enjoy Carl Cutler's "Queens of the Western Ocean," as well as his "Greyhounds of the Sea." Both are definitive overviews of old packet ships and clippers, respectively. My book has a lot about the Civil War federal navy, especially logistics of the North Atlantic Blockade.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2012 12:06:04 PM PDT
vespasian says:
Peter, What a small world. Ive always been interested in the Monitor since HS and. when if Fla , always went to Hems house in KW. I became a big Hem fan and have read most og his books and also developed and interest in the designer, Erickson. thanx for the info--ill lookit up..vesp

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2012 12:09:41 PM PDT
Probably the biography of Lindsey Lohan "You Can Put Me In Jail, But You Can't Keep My Face From Breaking Out."

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 10:22:19 PM PDT
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Easy question. I absolutely loved the biography "Tahirih". The true story of a woman in the mid-1800s in Persia who was martyred for her faith and her belief in equality of the sexes as was taught by her faith. The last words she spoke, in 1852, right before jealous authorities had her strangled were, "You can kill me but you can not stop the emancipation of women." Then they strangled her and threw her body down a well in Persia where it is still today. Her sacrifice, unknown to many today, provided the impetus for women's rights in today's world.
There are various books about her life. She was a poetess and her poetry has been translated and published. Here are a few books about her extraordinary life and how she gave her life so the world could know about her new Faith which started in 1844 in Persia.
Tahirih: A Poetic Vision
Tahirih
Tahirih Unveiled

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 12:06:57 PM PST
Anne Salazar says:
SINCLAIR LEWIS: REBEL FROM MAIN STREET by Lingeman

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 10:09:46 AM PST
Javier says:
Also try a new memoir: Tulipano - A Story of Wartime Italy - 1944-45.
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