Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Here’s a selection of biographies from around the world for you to enjoy indoors and under the sun.
Here begins the list-
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
An inspiring read about how his ventures failed repeatedly before being successful enough. A true depiction of perseverance, hard work and a mentality not everybody imbibes. The biography delves into the mind of the man who started numerous successful ventures and had the grit and determination to take it forward. The book traces his life from his childhood up to the time he spent at ZIP2 and PayPal, and then moving on to SpaceX, Tesla and SolarCity.
Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Movie made out of this starring Benedict Cumberbatch- A mathematician who made history by breaking the German U Boat Enigma cipher in WW2 and ensured Allied- American control of the Atlantic. Also, Turin was homosexual who was forced to participate in a humiliating treatment program. The book revolves around his story and how he made history by breaking the German U Boat Enigma Cipher in WW2. In 2013, Queen Elizabeth II posthumously granted Turing a rare royal pardon almost 60 years after he committed suicide.
Frida: A biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera
This engrossing biography of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo reveals a woman of extreme magnetism and originality, an artist whose sensual vibrancy came straight from her own experiences: her childhood near Mexico City during the Mexican Revolution; a devastating accident at age eighteen that left her crippled and unable to bear children; her tempestuous marriage to muralist Diego Rivera and intermittent love affairs with men as diverse as Isamu Noguchi and Leon Trotsky; her association with the Communist Party; her absorption in Mexican folklore and culture; and her dramatic love of spectacle. Quite happening, right?
Napolean: A Life by Andrew Roberts
Andrew Roberts’s Napoleon takes advantage of his recently published thirty-three thousand letters. Finally, we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Like Churchill, he understood the strategic importance of telling his own story, and his memoirs, dictated from exile on St. Helena, became the single bestselling book of the nineteenth century.
Beyond the Last Blue Mountain by R. M. Lala
The book is divided into four parts, taking the readers through the details of Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata’s childhood and milestones. J.R.D Tata’s interest in aviation that led to the beginning of the aviation industry in India and his contributions as an industrialist, are discussed comprehensively. The last part of the book talks about his friendships, personal life and how he kept it away from the public eye.
Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman
Rich tale of wealth and loss, complete with copper barons, Gilded Age opulence, and backdoor politics. The book uncovers an elusive portrait of the mysterious Huguette, her complicated family, a nurse who received more than $30 million in gifts and relatives fighting to inherit her fortune.
Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson
Instead of focusing on her years of depression and tempestuous marriage to poet Ted Hughes, it chronicles her life before she ever came to Cambridge. Wilson closely examines her early family and relationships, feelings and experiences, with information taken from her diary journals.
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
Caroline Fraser draws upon never-before-published historical resources to create a lush study of the author’s life — not in the gently narrated manner of the Little House series, but in raw and startling truths about her upbringing, marriage, and volatile relationship with her daughter.
The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of The Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel
Robert Kanigel delves into Ramanujan’s struggle to be taken seriously and eventually being recognized for his contributions in mathematics. The book is the true story of how a friendship between Ramanujan and GH Hardy giving birth to the exchange of ideas, opinions on several ideas they had about numbers. A brilliant page turner and a classic tribute to the genius of Ramanujan.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Alexander Supertramp, hitchhiked to Alaska and disappeared into the Denali wilderness in April 1992. Five months later, McCandless was found emaciated and deceased in his shelter — but of what cause? Krakauer’s biography of McCandless retraces his steps back to the beginning of the trek, attempting to grasp what the young man was looking for on his journey, and whether he fully understood what dangers lay before him.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Nina Sankovitch
In a beautifully written book, itself a perfect gift, Nina Sankovitch reminds us that the letters we write are as important as the ones we wait for. Nina Sankovitch goes on a quest through the history of letters and her own personal correspondence to discover and celebrate what is special about the handwritten letter.
Queen Bee of Tuscany by Ben Downing
Spirited, erudite, and supremely well-connected, Ross was one of the most dynamic women of her day. Her life offers a fascinating window on fascinating times, from the Risorgimento to the rise of fascism. Encompassing all this rich history, Queen Bee of Tuscany is a panoramic portrait of an age, a family, and our evolving love affair with Tuscany.