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Initial post: Nov 24, 2011 5:09:37 PM PST
Julie Owens says:
I love biographies....please recommend any great ones that you've read....

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 8:10:10 PM PST
Connie says:
Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted, by Justin Martin. Frederick Law Olmsted was one of the first Landscape Architects. He designed Central Park, Boston's Emerald Necklace, Gardens of the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina, Harvard's Arnold Arboretum and many other famous parks and gardens. His life was so interesting and Justin Martin is such a wonderful writer, that his biography reads almost like a novel. You can't wait to see what he will do next. I recommend it very highly.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 1:20:43 AM PST
Nathan B says:
Hands down, Ron Chernow's "Alexander Hamilton."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2011 10:11:39 PM PST
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Sue says:
I have read "A Praire's Tale"--Melissa Gilbert. A biography about Patrice Swazye. I think it is called "a Time of my Life"

I have heard from a friend of mime that the Book "John Adams" is real good. I have not read the book but have seen the mini-series.

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I have read the book Jack Kennedy. It is a very good book about some of his childhood and a good source of information about his presidentcy.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 11:36:16 PM PST
"ZELDA" by her husband F.Scott Fitzgerald. Great mixed up couple. Intriuging. Read it a few times a long time ago. Absolutely love Biographies, and Auto-Biographies!

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 3:14:42 AM PST
Rudyard Kipling by Lord Birkenhead

Million Dollar Mermaid by Esther Williams

Wide-Eyed in Babylon by Ray Milland

Joan Of Arc A Self Portrait compiled by Willard Trask

Joan Of Arc by Edward Lucie Smith

My Family And Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 3:24:25 AM PST
None says:
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and Truman by David McCullough

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 5:33:51 AM PST
gatorPA says:
_Murrow: His Life and Times_ by Sperber.

_American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer_ by Bird and Sherwin

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 5:59:21 AM PST
Truthseeker says:
Diplomacy: The Art of Persuasion

Short, but well-written, and a completely different perspective as compared to the typical biographies of Western statesmen.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 6:41:24 AM PST
S. Jones says:
"Even Silence has an End" by Ingrid Betancourt

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 6:58:02 PM PST
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard - a biography of James A. Garfield (Yes, he's the one who got shot). This is an amazing story of a man who, had he lived, would have changed the course of our nation for the better. It is a real page turner about his nomination (he didn't want to be President), after 17 years in Congress, and the assassination attempt on his life. He died ultimately from shockingly horrid medical "care," not the wound itself. Ms. Millard also wrote a bio of T. Roosevelt, equally good. Also good is autobiography of Katherine Graham.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 9:03:22 PM PST
Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne. This is a great read about the Commanche Indians, reads like a novel. Includes events such as Calvery exploits, Texas Ranger stories, Qwannah Parker, the last Commanche chief, white captives, Texas history and more. Absolutely a great book if you love American history.

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M. Kelly says:
Candace Millard's riveting detail of what real jungle exploration can do to a man's resolve is by far the best read of what a real American is made of and what drives him. River of Doubt:Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Hour is the most exciting book about this legendary patriot and why so many still quote him to this day and will for years to come.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 9:02:31 PM PST
Astrocat says:
Sylvia Cranston's "HPB", which I've read at least twice and will not loan out because I will read it again. Helena Blavatsky is/was one of the most fascinating women to have ever lived. Next to her the other biography most interesting to me was that of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the one by Allison Weir.

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 9:50:53 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 17, 2011 10:47:27 AM PST
HardyBoy64 says:
I completely agree with the Candace Millard comments. Her 2 books are both amazing, compelling and riveting. Love them both!

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 11:47:05 AM PST
John F. Merz says:
I greatly enjoyed "Ike" by Michael Korda. Outstanding and highly-readable biography

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 12:32:04 PM PST
Bmack says:
Many years ago I read " Act One " by Moss Hart. I was completely taken by this book. It gave insight into the time the city and the business. Absolutely riveting. Can anybody recommend a book or novel that treats the same subject matter with similar skill? Bmack

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 1:10:56 PM PST
john adams an excellent book

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 5:07:26 AM PST
Penny Lane says:
The autobiography of the late Katherine Graham, publisher of the Washington Post, was very good. I am interested in the newspaper business but even if you have no such interest, it is a great read. I can also recommend Robert Wagner's autobiography, maybe even more so in light of the recent, renewed interest in the death of his wife, Natalie Wood. And anything about Truman Capote is usually worth a look. Lastly, there's the book about Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor--can't remember the name but it came out in 2010 I believe.

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 6:18:21 AM PST
Another vote for John Adams.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 7:42:09 PM PST
Anything by Alison Weir, if you like English history
Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
Anything by Barbara W. Tuchman, though I did not care for The First Salute
John Lloyd Stephens two Incidents of Travel books
Anything by Paul Johnson, though I would avoid Modern Times unless you just want to be depressed
Thomas B. Costain's books on the English middle ages

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2012 8:17:39 PM PST
Astrocat says:
Girl, yes to Alison Weir and Thomas Costain (I've read his four volume history of the Plantagenets at least half a dozen times and keep it on hand for verification when I read other historical non-fiction.

Woman On Horseback, by William E. Barrett. About Eliza Lynch, the mistress of Paraguayan president (dictator) Francisco Lopez in the 19th century. Fabulous stuff. I lived there for two years in the 80's and it was marvelous, going around to see the places where all this took place.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 7:53:54 AM PST
Delila says:
Wounded by Frank Peretti
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