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Joey Crows

Tell Me About A Great Biography You've Read.

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I usually like to read a mix of fiction and non-fiction, but I've been on a fantasy kick for quite a while now. So, I need some good non-fiction to jump into. I haven't read a good biography in a long time and think that's the direction to go in for the next couple of things I read. Anybody have suggestions for a well written, interesting story, maybe someone who is not that widely known? (but I'm open to someone well known as long as the perspective is unique)

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I read David Hackett Fischer's biography of Samuel de Champlain, Champlain's Dream, last year and loved it.

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Do autobiographies count?  Mingus's Beneath the Underdog  is my favorite autobiography.  I'd highly recommend it.

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18 minutes ago, Astromech said:

I read David Hackett Fischer's biography of Samuel de Champlain, Champlain's Dream, last year and loved it.

Interesting. I do love a good explorer's tale.

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12 minutes ago, larrytheimp said:

Do autobiographies count?  Mingus's Beneath the Underdog  is my favorite autobiography.  I'd highly recommend it.

I think the last autobiography I read was Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie. It was obviously well written, but I never really trust someone talking about themselves to get it right. Haha.

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Rutger Hauer's autobiography is great - really enjoyed it 

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David Attenborough's "life on air". Focuses on his career with the BBC but that's almost 70 years and you realise how instrumental he was in molding television broadcasting and not just in terms of wildlife documentaries. Parts of it read like Indiana Jones with him galavanting around the world getting into all kinds of random things - at one point he's mistakenly thought to be Prince Phillip by the native people!

The only drawback for those who like biographies to be "warts and all" is that it's clear David is still quite private and only occasionally mentions his personal life. It's much more focused on his working relationships. But there's more than enough to cover in his working life. And he's still working!

If you can handle audiobooks there's the added benefit of the man himself narrating it.

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3 hours ago, red snow said:

David Attenborough's "life on air". Focuses on his career with the BBC but that's almost 70 years and you realise how instrumental he was in molding television broadcasting and not just in terms of wildlife documentaries. Parts of it read like Indiana Jones with him galavanting around the world getting into all kinds of random things - at one point he's mistakenly thought to be Prince Phillip by the native people!

The only drawback for those who like biographies to be "warts and all" is that it's clear David is still quite private and only occasionally mentions his personal life. It's much more focused on his working relationships. But there's more than enough to cover in his working life. And he's still working!

If you can handle audiobooks there's the added benefit of the man himself narrating it.

Sweet! I normally can't handle audiobooks, but if David Attenborough is narrating then I'm totally in ;)

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20 hours ago, Theda Baratheon said:

Rutger Hauer's autobiography is great - really enjoyed it 

I was trying to remember what he's been in when I realized he was in the 1st episode of The Last Kingdom. Then I looked him up and realized he's been in like a million things. Haha.

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4 hours ago, Joey Crows said:

I was trying to remember what he's been in when I realized he was in the 1st episode of The Last Kingdom. Then I looked him up and realized he's been in like a million things. Haha.

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