It looks like you are in search of best autobiographies and you are finding it difficult to decide which is the best one. Don’t worry; this blog will give you the complete details of the best selling books under autobiography genre. Read this blog and get to know what actually these all time autobiography holds and then decide which one to add in the reading list.
1. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
A classic literature and an autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin hold the details of a prominent historical figure. Benjamin Franklin is a virtually self-taught, excelled as an athlete, a man of letters, a printer, a scientist, a wit, an inventor, an editor, and a writer, and one of the most successful diplomat in American history. It contains a striking documentary of his life. The detailed account of the good deeds he did will sway away the readers.
It has been divided into four parts and each part covers a certain event of world leader’s life. The first part includes letters to Franklin’s son William about his lineage and his stay in England. The second part was written when he was in France and his relationship with William. The third part narrates his return to America, where he details the progress in his country. And the last part depicts certain events that had taken place during the last year of Franklin’s life.
Written initially to guide his son, Franklin’s autobiography is a spellbinding account of his unique and eventful life. This is his best work, it has become a classic in world literature, one to inspire and delight readers everywhere.
2. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
It is Nelson Mandela’s touching account which is the most inspiring and powerful. It also has been adapted ad as a film and contains every elements of knowledge you need to know about this legendary leader. This book unearths his account and has everything for you. Starting from his childhood to growing up as a freedom fighter and then to his twenty seven years of prison, struggle for freedom and how his family inevitably paid the terrible price. With all this tribulations how he finally molded up a new and democratic South Africa.
In this book, Nelson for the very first time narrates his extraordinary tale, an epic account of struggle, misfortune, a sense of hope and ultimate triumph.
A must read book that showcases the power of beliefs.
3. The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi
“The Story of My Experiments with Truth” is an autobiography that highlights the moral and spiritual side of an extraordinary leader. It is a window to the workings of Mahatma Gandhi’s mind, a window to the emotions of his heart, a window to understanding what drove this seemingly ordinary man to the heights of being the father of a nation.
It will tell you about his starting days as a boy and how he takes through his turmoils and situations that molded his philosophy of life. The autobiography will excavate about his child marriage, studying in England, practicing Law in South Africa, and then his Satyagraha for the Independence movement in India.
It’s not an autobiography but rather it’s the experience shared of his various experiments with truth on the ideal of his struggle against racism, violence and colonialism.
This book is firmly rooted of the forty years he spent in India. It has all detail of Gandhi’s life, historical and political incidents, and his personal philosophy on life. It is a beautiful book, not to be missed at all!
4. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic and has since been published in more than 60 languages.. It is a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.
The book talks about the year 1942, in which Nazis were occupying Holland during World War II. In this tribulation, a thirteen year old Jewish girl and her family fled their home. They had to then face hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.
This diary is very unlike your usual autobiography. This is the beautiful piece that just not tells about the darker side but also describes the vivid impressions, typical girlhood consciousness, friendships with other girls, her crushes on boys, and her academic performances.
This offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman which makes it a must read.
5. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
To understand Hitler, you must read this autobiography named as “Mein Kampf”. “Mein Kampf” is a German phrase meaning My Struggle”. This is the book by the world’s most prominent and controversial dictator in political history of the last two hundred years. It depicts the autobiographical account of Adolf Hitler’s political strategy, his manifesto for Germany, his childhood, early aspirations, frustrations, ideals, dreams, his conflict with his father, his rise to the politics, and his hatred of the Jews.
Once you start reading this book, you will be able to comprehend the “other side” of this tyrant and mass murderer. The book presents a vision of the Second World War that is unknown to the common world. This is a book with a controversial record of the political history of the World War.
6. Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama
Dreams From My Father is an international bestseller which has sold over a million copies. The knowledge you will acquires from reading this autobiography is more than that acquire from reading a few novels.
Dreams From My Father is a revealing portrait of a young man asking big questions about identity and belonging. It’s a memoir by Barack Obama which explores the events of Obama’s early years in Honolulu and Chicago up until his entry into law school in 1988. You will get to know about the rendition of the struggles, of the relationships between families, of the racisms faced, and of the love affair of the current most powerful man in the world.
You will blend into the characters and witness the history from the first-hand experience. Besides, you will also learn from the successful man who has experienced all the ups and downs before he succeeded.
7. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
As the title depicts, I Am Malala is the story of a girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban. This book is an autobiography of Malala Yousafzai. It’s the remarkable tale of the early life of Yousafzai, her father’s ownership of schools and activism, the rise and fall of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that praises sons. It also highlights the assassination attempt that was made against Yousafzai, when she was aged 15, following her activism for female education. Later, after the recovery at sixteen years of age she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
This book has even received a positive critical reception and won awards, though it has been banned in many schools in Pakistan.
8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
This autobiography tells a wonderful, emotional journey of a struggling Black American, who went through bitter experiences in the course of her first seventeen years. This is the book that is as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings depict the story of the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right.
It’s poetic and powerful. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.
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