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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 18875 comments 75 Biographies to Read Before You Die

Because if we can’t learn from experience, we can at least learn from the experiences of other people! Bookstores and libraries practically bend with biographies as a result of this total truism, although some quite obviously have just a little more to offer the world than a few of their shelfmates! Whether because of some deep digging into history and culture, staggering insight into the human condition, or laughter and great storytelling — or, obviously, some combination thereof — the following stand as a primer on the biographies and autobiographies with plenty of content to keep minds engaged. Use them as a launching point to read about even more men and women you might find fascinating!

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madrano | 11674 comments Good list to revisit if/when i want to read about some of these. For instance, i didn't know some titles for people about whom i'd like to know more, such as MLK, Jr. and the last, Tyson.

I've read about 1/4 of them. Of course two of my tops are in there, The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Hailey (probably my favorite autobio) and David McCullough's bio of John Adams. The latter was presented pretty much the way i prefer my bios to be.


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 18875 comments madrano wrote: I've read about 1/4 of them. Of course two of my tops are in there, The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Hailey (probably my favorite autobio) and David McCullough's bio of John Adams. The latter was presented pretty much the way i prefer my bios to be. "

I agree 100%. The Autobiography of Malcolm X is at the very top of my all time favorite books.

John Adams I've only see the movie. But I thought it was excellent. I own the book and it's on my To Read list.

I've been too much online and not reading enough. I have to remedy that.


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madrano | 11674 comments I hear ya! It helps that this week (& the next, to a lesser degree) is full of March Madness basketball. Dan watches the games (he is in a pool at our daughter's business--no money, just the glory) but he watches even when he isn't in a pool. Heck, he even fills in the qualifying grid. ANYway, this has given me plenty of reading time away from the computer and tv. Same thing happened during the Olympics. Without sports would i ever read undisturbed???


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