Must-Read Biographies Everyone Should Include into their Personal Collection
Biographies provide a glimpse into the past or capture the life and experiences of an icon, allowing readers to walk in someone else’s shoes. A meaningful biography can serve as a great teacher, offering valuable life lessons and teaching readers to be like the subject or sometimes, not to be like the subject. Fictional stories make for fun reads as well, but nothing is as compelling and inspirational as real-life recollections of one’s life. Noteworthy biography recommendations that everyone should own, or at least read about, are mentioned below.
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
The late Nelson Mandela was a former President of South Africa, serving from 1994 to 1999. He was known to be a strong supporter of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Nelson Mandela’s autobiography contains intricate details about this leader who was revered and respected by many people, including world leaders, around the world. The book documents significant moments in his life – his childhood, growing up to be a freedom fighter, being imprisoned for 27 years, and his role in building a democratic South Africa. This book also analyses Mandela’s perception of the anti-apartheid struggles of South Africa, a movement that he was well-known for throughout his life.
The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi
Easily one of the most well-known leaders of our time, this autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi is an honest and humble account of his life. This book highlights the forty years he spent in India and details every aspect of Gandhi’s life, from historical events to political incidents, as well as his personal philosophy on life.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
Possibly one of the most controversial icons in American history, Malcolm X was once called the most dangerous man in America. This classic autobiography chronicles the story of this Muslim leader’s life and introduces readers to the growth of the Black Muslim movement. The book mentions the details of his life, from the poverty he faced during his childhood, to his criminal teenage years, to his emergence as a national leader and world leader. This book also features controversial topics revolving the African American struggle for equality, lies, and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism that exists in the American society.
Agatha Christie: An Autobiography by Agatha Christie
This book unravels the life of the “Queen of Mystery”, world-renowned crime novelist Agatha Christie. This autobiography enlightens readers on the experiences that shaped her into the beloved writer she was. The book highlights her happy childhood and close relationship with her mother, tragic episodes such as her mother’s death and her first husband’s adultery, and much more. Agatha Christie also talks about her extraordinary career and her past works that made her one of the most influential novelists.
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
Mein Kampf (meaning My Struggle in German) is an autobiography of arguably one of the most infamous real-life “villains”, Adolf Hitler. This book gives readers an in-depth and no-holds-barred insight on the controversial leader’s life, touching on elements such as his childhood, early aspirations, his conflict with his father, his rise in politics, and his well-known hatred of the Jews. To truly understand Hitler’s story, you need to read this autobiography.