I am just starting Grant by Chernow. What other biographies of historical figures can you suggest? Thanks
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
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.
American Soldier - Tommy Franks
My War - Andy Rooney
Theodore Roosevelt, A Life - Nathan Miller
No matter where you go, there you are
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.
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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