10 Best Biography Books of All Time

10 Best Biography Books of all time

The biography genre book is clearly bio or a detailed portrayal of a person’s life and his /her life events.

It involves Basic facts of a person’s life like their education, work, connections, and death. It also portrays a person’s experience of their whole life journey.

Like non-fiction biography, fiction can also be used to portray a person’s life. An authorized biography is written with the consent, alliance and at times, participation of a topic or a subject’s beneficiaries.

It’s really important to write an understandable biography so people can relate properly to the story and the personality. That’s why we have compiled a list of best biography books with which people can understand the personality and may relate to or want to relate with.

Here are the 10 best biography books:

1. Steve Jobs

by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs Book by Walter Isaacson - Best biography books

This is a Steve Jobs biography that is fully authorized by Steve jobs. The book was written at the petition of jobs by Walter Isaacson, he’s also written best-selling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.

The book was written in 2010 but was released on October 24, 2011, by Simon & Schuster in the United States.

 So basically, this book is about interviews, more than forty interviews which is executed by Steve Jobs over two years. In extension to interviews with more than one hundred family members and their friends, enemies, competitors, colleagues, and so on.

Steve Jobs also motivated people to speak honestly in interviews and told them to be real all the time.

2. Into the Wild

by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer - best biography books

This is a nonfiction biography that was published in 1996, written By Jon Krakauer. This book was also adapted to a film of the same name “Into the Wild” in 2008 directed by Sean Primm with Emile Hirsch starring as McCandless.

It was printed in 30 languages and 173 editions and configurations because it is an international bestseller.

This book is based on Christopher McCandless’s life name Emile Hirsch son of affluent parents ( Marcia gay harden, William, hurt).

After graduating from Emory University he gives all his savings money to charity and walks to Alaska to live a peaceful life and live in the forest.

3. The Minds of Billy Milligan

By Daniel Keyes

The minds of Billy Milligan By Daniel Keyes - best biography books

It’s a biography of Billy Milligan, the first person in U.S history exonerated of the main crime by defending multiple personality disorder. It was originally published in October 1981 and written by Hugo Award-winning author Daniel Keyes.

So basically it’s a story of a person’s life who has multiple disorders, a rapist and robber who was judged to be their action and their multiple disorder, People claiming and calling him insane.

Toward the end, Keyes mentioned that he wonders if the institution is doing sufficient to make him assist with Milligan’s suicidal ideation. Milligan’s constant with many psychiatrists with more understanding with DID.

This book sequel authorized the milligrams wars, was later published in Japan in 1994.

4. Man’s Search for Meaning

by Viktor Frankl

Man's Search for Meaning by viktor frankl - best biography books

It’s a very perfectly written book by very famous author Viktor Frankl, was originally published in 1946 it’s a 200 pages book which is well explained in every manner.

 Man’s search for meaning is on the list of the ten most influential books in the United States. In 1997 the book’s author died at that time the book had sold over 10 million copies and had been published in 24 languages.

 Basically, Viktor shares his experiences as a hostage in nazi concentration camps.

He described his psychotherapeutic technique during World war 2. He explained positive thoughts about life and many more ideas.

5. When Breath becomes Air

by Paul kalanithi

When breath becomes air by paul kalanithi - best biograpy books

Dr. Paul Kalanithi is an American neurosurgeon. It’s a biography about his life and disease. This book was nonfiction and biography and it was originally published on 12 January 2016.

It is also praised by many awards like the Goodreads choice award, best memoir, & autobiography.

This book is about the author battling the struggle of metastatic lung cancer stage 4 and his experience. In his mid-thirties, he had this big disease but he never took it in a negative manner. They fought it and lived their lives on their own terms. In this book, he shares his ideas on how to address death with elegance and what it means to be fully alive.

6. The Glass Castle book

by Jeannette walls

The Glass Castle book by jeannette walls - best biography books

New York Times bestseller book the glass Castle is a biography of Jeannette Walls was published in March 2005. This book remained on the list of nonfiction bestseller lists until October 10, 2018, and has prevailed for 440 weeks.

This book is so famous that by late 2007, glass Castle had sold over 2.7 million copies and had been translated into 22 languages.

So the story is about Jeannette, who lives in a family with her sibling where her parents were dysfunctional. The book title relates to her father’s long-held goal of creating his dream house, a glass castle.

The Glass Castle was modified as a feature film that is broadcasted in the summer. The book won many awards including the Christopher Award, the American Library Association Alex award in 2006, and the book for a better living award.

7. I know why the Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou

I know why the caged bird sings by maya angelou - best biography books

This is an autobiography of American writer and poet Maya Angelou. It’s a very amazing book for all women and men and a lesson for all the people who don’t let women live on their own terms.

This book was published in 1969, it is also nominated for a national book award in 1970 and stayed on the New York Times paperback bestseller list for two years.

The book is based on her life when Maya was three years old and her older brother and Maya are sent to her grandmother’s house to live and end when Maya becomes a mother at the age of sixteen.

She became a victim of racism. It’s a whole fight for her to avoid this but Maya decided to break this rule and change society’s thoughts.

Maya taught us the meaning of personal dignity, self-esteem, and independence for every girl who suffers in this dirty society.

8. Becoming

by Michelle Obama

becoming by michelle obama - best biography books

Becoming book is the life story of Michelle Obama and their experience in different aspects of life. It was published by the crown on 13 November 2018 and was released in 24 different languages.

 This book was first provided to children by a nonprofit organization, with almost one million copies of the first book.

It bought many more copies than any other book published in the United States in 2018, cracking the record in just 15 days.

This is the memoir of former the United States First Lady Michelle Obama who tells the very personal experience, she talks about her life roots, her White House experience, and she became so fearless and wonderfully woman through her actions. She also mentioned her campaign for public health and her role as a mother.

 It’s a very motivating book for everyone.

9. Educated

by Tara Westover

educated by tara westover - best biography books

Educated is a Biography of Tara Westover, a young girl who describes her struggle when she underscores the importance of education in enhancing her world.

It was published on 20 February 2018, it’s very popular, it spent 119 weeks on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list.

It also won the Alex award in 2019 and was shortlisted for the LA Times book prize, and two awards from the National book critics circle award. Educated also Parise by PEN American’s jean stein book award.

It’s a struggling story of a young girl Tara who escapes herself from violence and she emotionally tortured. This is a story of her conflicting fierce family and her voice. She taught us the importance of education in our life and how important it is for our society.

I personally recommend this book to all of you.

10. Wings of Fire

by A.P.J Abdul kalam

Wings of fire by apj abdul kalam - best biography books

We all know about the great personality of Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam who is the former president of India. It’s a memoir of his life experiences and his achievements which he gained with only hard work and passion.

It was published in 1999 and written by Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam and Arun Tiwari.

Wings of Fire tells us how Abdul Kalam worked on his dreams and achieves them in his early life with his effort, hardship, determination, and fascination.

We also know him as a Missile Man of India, and how he helped ISRO, and lead the DRDO to make nuclear weapons.

Wrapping up

Biographies are best for those who learn from experiences and these are the 10 best biographies for you.

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