I personally enjoy reading about the life of people and when it comes to reading biography, then we have so many books to read about the life of famous people. Reading Biography books of famous people always enriches us with knowledge; knowledge of living a better and productive life. In this article, I am going to enlist the best biography books of all time about the famous and influential people.
List of Best Biography Books of All Time
Here is the complete list of Best Biography Books that everyone should read to get inspired from the life of famous people and their doings.
1. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
This is the first book from the list of best biography books of all time. It is about a girl named Anne Frank whose sufferings during the tumultuous times of the Holocaust was captured beautifully. The way she came out as a survivor from the worst and her positive zeal towards life are commendable. If you are looking for Some Inspirational biography, then ‘The Diary of A Young Girl‘ would be the perfect match.
2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (1969)
‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings‘ was written in 1969. The book explains the early years of Famous American Writer and poet Maya Angelou. In this one of the best biography books of all time, you will get to know about the power of good literature that helps to overcome the problem of racism and trauma. Maya Angelou explores the different social problems of the society such as rape, racism and literacy of women in her biography book.
3. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (1964)
‘A Movable Feast‘ is one of the famous biographies of Ernest Hemingway. The book is about the struggle of his early age as a journalist who lives outside native country and writer in Paris in the 1920s. The Story also focusses on the personal observation and accounts of the Ernest Hemingway. He mentioned special worlds about the bars, cafes and hotels. If you are a fan of Ernest Hemingway then you cannot miss reading this best biography book.
4. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein (1933)
It is a biography book of Alice B. Toklas written by Gertrude Stein. While reading through ‘The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas‘ you can learn more about Alice and all the famous people she was closely associated with, mostly in Paris.
5. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell (1938)
‘Homage to California‘ is written by George Orwell. The book is about George Orwell’s personal experiences and observations during the Spanish Civil war. For those who are interested to read about Spanish War, then this is the best biography book with quality information.
6. Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell (1791)
This is the Sixth book in the list of best biography books of all time. ‘The Life of Samuel Johnson‘ is written by James Boswell which describes the extraordinary life of Samuel in an all new way. The biography takes many critical liberties with Johnson’s life, as Boswell makes various changes to Johnson’s quotations and even censors many comments.
7. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama (1995)
It is a famous memoir written by former president of the United States of America. In this book, Barack Obama rewinds his life up to the enrollment in Harvard Law School. Barack Obama formed his father image from the stories told by her mother. ‘Dreams from My Father‘ explains the life journey of First African-American President. It is a must read biography book for those who are looking for real-time life inspiration.
8. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow (1998)
This is the best book to read while you are on the roads of becoming a great entrepreneur. ‘Titan’ is written by Ron Chernow. The book is about John D. Rockefeller and how he became the richest man in America and creator of the country’s first and most powerful monopoly: the Standard Oil Company.
9. Churchill: A Life by Martin Gilbert (1991)
Written by Martin Gilbert, ‘Churchill: A life‘ is the famous life biography of multi-talented personality Churchill. The book highlights the journey of his 55 years of his public life as a schoolboy and soldier to his years as a war leader and elder statesman.
10. Born Standing Up by Steve Martin (2007)
‘Born Standing Up‘ is a book based on the life of an American author, actor, comedian, producer, playwright and screenwriter. The book explains about his early working days for Disney land, working at a bar and ‘in a club as a comedian in a very low graded salary. Counted amongst the best biography books of all time, this one is the gateway through his childhood day’s sufferings and hard work which made him a famous comedian. If you love to read about the journey from nothing to everything then you should buy this book from the list of best biographies to read.
11. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin (1791)
It is an unfinished traditional record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin. ‘The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin‘ is about his youth, apprenticeships, the formation of his philosophy and ideals, and his path from poor roots to business and social success. The book also explains about his idea of the ‘American Dream’ and the idea that a poor can have the fortune of becoming the known to the world. This biography book is one of the most recommended books of all time.
12. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (1995)
‘Long Walk To Freedom‘ is the twelfth book from the list of best biography books of all time. It is an autobiographical work written by first South African President Nelson Mandela. The book depicts his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison. In the initial pages of the book, Nelson Mandela describes his upbringing as a child in South Africa and connected to the royal Thembu dynasty. If you want to read the fascinated life of famous personality then this would be the best pick in the category of best biographies to read.
13. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris (1979)
‘The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt‘ is a biography of United States President ‘Theodore Roosevelt’ written by Edmund Morris. The book covers the time from Roosevelt’s childhood to the Presidency. The book will also give you detail knowledge about his family, his passion for learning despite severe illness. Altogether this is the best book you can read based on someone’s true life.
14. The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mohandas K. Gandhi
‘The Story of My Experiments with truth‘ is top most biography to read from the list of best biography books. it is written by the world famous personality, Mohandas K. Gandhi. The book depicts the life journey of Mahatma Gandhi from his childhood days to the most social active member during the British rule in India. In this book, you get to learn about the ideology of Non-Violence and Truth wins overall. This is a must-read book for the people who believe in change of the society for the good cause.
15. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (1903)
It is an autobiography of Hellen Killer firstly published in 1903. ‘The Story of My life’ book depicts her early life and her experiences with American teacher Anne Sullivan.
16. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (2011)
It is a biography of ‘The God of Innovation’, Steve Jobs. ‘Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson‘ is based on more than forty Interviews with Steve Jobs Conducted over two years in addition to interviews with more than one hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Isaacson was given “unprecedented” access to Steve Jobs’s life. This is a bestselling biography of a famous entrepreneur of all time.
No wonder, there have been so many inspiring personalities from all walks of life whose biography books are more than just motivating. There are numerous best biography books of all time, having that in mind we are not closing the list of best biography books that you must read. What we will do is to add your suggested biography books to this list. You can write your valuable suggestions in the comment section below.