For biographies I’ve read, ratings are on a scale of 0 to 5 stars with equal weight given to my subjective assessment of: (1) how entertaining the biography proved to be and (2) the biography’s historical value.

Links to third-party reviews may be provided for biographies I’ve not yet read. If I’m missing a great biography that you’ve read, please let me know! Last updated October 11, 2016.

Adams, Henry Henry Adams and the Making of America by Gary Wills 2005
Antoinette, Marie Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser 2001
Augustine of Hippo Augustine of Hippo: A Biography by Peter Brown 1967
Bell, Alexander Graham Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention by Charlotte Gray 2006
Boone, Daniel Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer by John Faragher 1992
Brandeis, Louis Louis D. Brandeis: A Life by Melvin Urofsky 2009
Brown, John Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz 2011
Carver, George Washington George Washington Carver: A Life by Christina Vella 2015
Columbus, Christopher Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus by Samuel Eliot Morison 1942
Columbus, Christopher The Last Voyage of Christopher Columbus by Martin Dugard 2005
Cook, James Captain James Cook: A Biography by Richard Hough 1994
Cortes, Hernan Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs by Buddy Levy 2008
Crazy Horse The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History by Joseph M. Marshall III 2004
Crazy Horse Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life by Kingsley Bray 2006
Crockett, David David Crockett: The Lion of the West by Michael Wallis 2011
da Gama, Vasco The Last Crusade: The Epic Voyages of Vasco da Gama by Nigel Cliff 2011
De Soto, Hernando Hernando de Soto: A Savage Question in the Americas by David Duncan 1996
Douglass, Frederick Frederick Douglass by William McFeely 1990
Drake, Francis Sir Francis Drake by John Sugden 1991
Dumas, Alex The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss 2012
Earp, Wyatt Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend by Casey Tefertiller 1997
Geronimo Geronimo by Robert Utley 2012
Hopkins, Harry The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler by David Roll 2013
House, Colonel Colonel House: A Biography of Woodrow Wilson’s Silent Partner by Charles Neu 2014
Howe, Louis FDR’s Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force that Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by Julie Fenster 2009
James, Jesse Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape by Mark Gardner 2013
James, Jesse Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War by T. J. Stiles 2002
Keller, Hellen Hellen Keller: A Life by Dorothy Hermann 1998
Kidd, Captain The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd by Richard Zacks 2002
King Jr., Martin Luther Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Stephen Oates 1994
Lewis, Meriwether Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen Ambrose 1996
Lindbergh, Charles Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg 1998
Luther, Martin Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton 1950
Magellan, Ferdinand Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Laurence Bergreen 2003
Malcolm X Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable 2011
Marshall, Thurgood Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary by Juan Williams 1998
Nash, John A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar 1998
Nicolay, John Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image by Joshua Zeitz 2013
Nobel, Alfred Alfred Nobel: A Biography by Kenne Fant 1993
Perkins, Frances The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins by Kirstin Downey 2009
Raleigh, Sir Walter Sir Walter Raleigh: The Controversial Hero of the Elizabethan Age by Raleigh Trevelyan 2004
Roosevelt, Alice Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker by Stacy Cordery 2007
Warren, Earl Chief Justice: A Biography of Earl Warren by Ed Cray 1997
Washington, Booker T Up From History: The Life of Booker T. Washington by Robert Norrell 2009
Webster, Noah The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster’s Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture by Joshua Kendall 2011
Wright, Frank Lloyd Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography by Meryle Seacrest 1992

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