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I am just starting Grant by Chernow. What other biographies of historical figures can you suggest? Thanks
 
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Off the top of my head:

David McCullough books - Mornings on Horseback (Theodore Roosevelt), Truman, John Adams, The Wright Brothers

Ron Chernow - Alexander Hamilton, Washington: A Life

Dava Sobel - Galileo's Daughter, A More Perfect Heaven (Copernicus)

Martin Gilbert - Churchill: A Life

The Multivolume set Biography of Churchill

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick



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Manchester's Churchill biography is excellent, but unfortunately he didn't write the third of three volumes before he died.




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Daniel Boone by John Mack Faragher
Napolean by Andrew Roberts
 
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Burt Munro Indian Legend of Speed by George Begg
One Good Run, The Legend of Burt Munro by Tim Hanna
 
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Two from Bob Coram. “Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War,” and “Double Ace,” Coram’s biography of Col. Robert L Scott, author of the famous “God is My Co-Pilot.”


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The Frontersman, tells the true story of Simon Kenton who lived in NW and W Central Ohio Territory in the early 17 hundreds. He actually saved Daniel Boones life once. You can get a copy at Amazon.
 
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American Soldier - Tommy Franks
My War - Andy Rooney
Theodore Roosevelt, A Life - Nathan Miller


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Destiny of the Republic:A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. Interesting novel about the brief presidency of James Garfield.
 
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Manchester's Churchill biography is excellent, but unfortunately he didn't write the third of three volumes before he died.

In addition, I really enjoyed Manchester's biography of MacArthur.

Bruce Catton's biography of Grant is outstanding.

I haven't read them yet, but Robert Caro's multi-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson is supposed to be good.


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