***The Best Biographies of All Time***

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. Blue titles indicate Pulitzer Prize WINNERS.  Blue italicized titles indicate Pulitzer Prize finalists.

This list is being updated as of January 31, 2017.  If I’m missing a great biography that you’ve read, please let me know!

Adams, Henry Henry Adams and the Making of America by Gary Wills 2005
Adams, John John Adams: A Life by John Ferling 1992 REVIEW (4¾ stars)
Adams, John John Adams by David McCullough 2001 REVIEW (4½ stars)
Adams, John John Adams (1735-1826) (2 volumes) by Page Smith 1962 REVIEW (4½ stars)
Adams, John First Family: Abigail and John Adams by Joseph Ellis 2010 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Adams, John Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 by John Ferling 2004 REVIEW (4 stars)
Adams, John Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams by Joseph Ellis 1993 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Adams, John John Adams: Party of One by James Grant 2005 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Adams, John Quincy John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life by Paul Nagel 1997 REVIEW (4 stars)
Adams, John Quincy Mr. Adams’s Last Crusade by Joseph Wheelan 2008 REVIEW (4 stars)
Adams, John Quincy John Quincy Adams: A Personal History of an Independent Man by Marie Hecht 1972 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Adams, John Quincy John Quincy Adams by Harlow Unger 2012 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Adams, John Quincy Life and Public Services of John Quincy Adams by William H Seward 1849
Adams, John Quincy John Quincy Adams by Samuel Flagg Bemis 1949/56
Adams, John Quincy The Life and Times of Congressman John Quincy Adams by Leonard L. Richards 1986
Adams, John Quincy John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan 2014
Adams, John Quincy Militant Spirit: John Quincy Adams by James Traub 2016
Adams, Sam Samuel Adams: A Life by Ira Stoll 2008
Adams, Sam Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution by Mark Puls 2006
Antoinette, Marie Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser 2001 Third-party reviews
Armstrong, Louis Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout 2009
Arthur, Chester Chester Alan Arthur by Zachary Karabell 2004 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Arthur, Chester Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur by Thomas Reeves 1975 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Augustine Augustine of Hippo: A Biography by Peter Brown 1967
Augustus Augustus: First Emperor of Rome by Adrian Goldsworthy 2014
Bach, Johann Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by John Gardiner 2013 Third-party reviews
Bach, Johann Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician by Christoph Wolff 2001
Beethoven Beethoven: The Music and the Life by Lewis Lockwood 2002
Beethoven Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph by Jan Swafford 2014
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
Brunelleschi Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King 2000
Bryan, Wm Jennings A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan by Michael Kazin 2006
Buchanan, James President James Buchanan: A Biography by Philip Klein 2004 REVIEW (4 stars)
Buchanan, James James Buchanan by Jean Baker 2004 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Buffett, Warren The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder 2008
Buffett, Warren Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist by Roger Lowenstein 1995
Bush, George HW Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush by Jon Meacham 2015
Bush, George HW George Bush: Life of a Lone Star Yankee by Herbert Parmet 1993
Bush, George W Bush by Jean Edward Smith 2016
Caesar, Julius Caeser: Life of a Collosus by Adrian Goldsworthy 2006
Calhoun, John C. John C. Calhoun: A Biography by Irving Bartlett 1994
Carnegie, Andrew Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw 2006
Carter, James The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Quest for Global Peace by Douglas Brinkley 1998
Carter, James Jimmy Carter: A Comprehensive Biography from Plains to Post-Presidency by Peter Bourne 1997
Carver, George Washington George Washington Carver: A Life by Christina Vella 2015
Catherine the Great Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert Massie 2011
Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin: His Life and Art by David Robinson 1985
Churchill, Winston Churchill by Roy Jenkins 2001
Churchill, Winston Churchill: A Life by Martin Gilbert 1991
Churchill, Winston The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 (Vol 1) by William Manchester 1983
Churchill, Winston The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone 1932-1940 (Vol 2) by William Manchester 1988
Churchill, Winston The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm 1940-1965 (Vol 3) by William Manchester 1991
Clay, Henry Henry Clay: The Essential American by David Heidler 2010
Clay, Henry Henry Clay: A Statesman for the Union by Robert Remini 1991
Clay, Henry Henry Clay: America’s Greatest Statesman by Harlow Unger 2015
Cleveland, Grover Grover Cleveland: A Study in Character by Alyn Brodsky 2000 REVIEW (4 stars)
Cleveland, Grover An Honest President: The Life & Presidencies of Grover Cleveland by H. Paul Jeffers 2000 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Cleveland, Grover The Presidencies of Grover Cleveland by Richard E. Welch, Jr. 1988 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Cleveland, Grover Grover Cleveland: A Study in Courage by Allan Nevins 1932 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Cleveland, Grover Bourbon Leader: Grover Cleveland and the Democratic Party by Horace Samuel Merrill 1957 REVIEW (2¾ stars)
Clinton, Bill First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton by David Maraniss 1995
Clinton, Bill Bill Clinton: New Gilded Age President by Patrick J. Maney 2016
Cobb, Ty Cobb: A Biography by Al Stump 1994
Cobb, Ty Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen 2015 Third-party reviews
Columbus, Christopher The Last Voyage of Columbus by Martin Dugard 2005
Columbus, Christopher Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus by Samuel Eliot Morison 1942
Cook, James Captain James Cook: A Biography by Richard Hough 1994
Coolidge, Calvin Coolidge: An American Enigma by Robert Sobel 1998
Coolidge, Calvin Coolidge by Amity Shlaes 2013 Third-party reviews
Coolidge, Calvin The Life of Calvin Coolidge by Horace Green 1924
Coolidge, Calvin The Preparation of Calvin Coolidge by Robert A. Woods 1924
Coolidge, Calvin A Puritan in Babylon: The Story of Calvin Coolidge by William White 1938
Coolidge, Calvin Calvin Coolidge: The Quiet President by Donald McCoy 1967
Coolidge, Calvin Calvin Coolidge: The Man from Vermont by Claude Fuess 1939
Copernicus The Book Nobody Read: Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus by Owen Gingerich 2004
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 Kinglsey Bray 2006
Crockett, David David Crockett: The Lion of the West by Michael Wallis 2011
Curie, Madame Madame Curie: A Biography by Eve Curie 1936
Custer, George Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors by Stephen Ambrose 1975
da Gama, Vasco The Last Crusade: The Epic Voyages of Vasco da Gama by Nigel Cliff 2011
da Vinci, Leonardo Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King 2012
da Vinci, Leonardo Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind by Charles Nicholl 2004
Darwin, Charles Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist by Adrian Desmond 1991
Davis, Jefferson Jefferson Davis, American by William Cooper 2000
De Gaulle, Charles The General: Charles De Gaulle and the France He Saved by Jonathan Fenby 2010
de Soto, Hernando Hernando de Soto: A Savage Question in the Americas by David Duncan 1996
Dickens, Charles Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin 2011
Dickens, Charles Charles Dickens: His Tragedy and Triumph by Edgar Johnson 1952
Disney, Walt The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney by Michael Barrier 2007
Disney, Walt Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler 2006
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
Einstein, Albert Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson 2007 Third-party reviews
Eisenhower, Dwight Eisenhower: Soldier, General of the Army, President-Elect 1890-1952 (Vol 1) by Stephen Ambrose 1983
Eisenhower, Dwight Eisenhower: The President (Vol 2) by Stephen Ambrose 1984
Eisenhower, Dwight Eisenhower: Soldier and President (A One-Volume Life) by Stephen Ambrose 1991
Eisenhower, Dwight Eisenhower In War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith 2012 Third-party reviews
Eisenhower, Dwight Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World by Evan Thomas 2012
Eisenhower, Dwight Ike & Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage by Jeffrey Frank 2013
Eisenhower, Dwight Eisenhower: Portrait of the Hero by Peter Lyon 1974
Eisenhower, Dwight Eisenhower: The White House Years by Jim Newton 2011
Feynman, Richard Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick 1992
Fillmore, Millard Millard Fillmore: Biography of a President by Robert Rayback 1959 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Fillmore, Millard Millard Fillmore by Paul Finkelman 2011 REVIEW (3 stars)
Fillmore, Millard Millard Fillmore by Robert J. Scarry 2001
Ford, Gerald Time and Chance: Gerald Ford’s Appointment with History by James Cannon 1998
Ford, Gerald Gerald R. Ford by Douglas Brinkley 2007
Ford, Gerald Write it When I’m Gone by Thomas DeFrank 2007
Ford, Gerald The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford by John Robert Greene 1994
Ford, Henry The People’s Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century by Steven Watts 2005
Franklin, Benjamin Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson 2003 Third-party reviews
Franklin, Benjamin Benjamin Franklin by Carl Van Doren 1938
Franklin, Benjamin The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by HW Brands 2000
Franklin, Benjamin The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon Wood 2004
Gandhi Gandhi Before India (Vol 1) by Ramachandra Guha 2013
Garfield, James Garfield: A Biography by Allan Peskin 1978 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Garfield, James Dark Horse: the Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield by Kenneth Ackerman 2003 REVIEW (4 stars)
Garfield, James Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard 2011 REVIEW (4 stars)
Garfield, James The Garfield Orbit by Margaret Leech 1978
Gates, Robert Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M. Gates 2014
Genet, Jean Genet: A Biography by Edmund White 1993
Gehrig, Lou Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig by Jonathan Eig 2005
Grant, Ulysses Grant by Jean Edward Smith 2001 REVIEW (4½ stars)
Grant, Ulysses The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses S. Grant In War and Peace by H.W. Brands 2012 REVIEW (4 stars)
Grant, Ulysses Ulysses S. Grant: Soldier & President by Geoffrey Perret 1997 REVIEW (4 stars)
Grant, Ulysses Ulysses S. Grant by Josiah Bunting 2004 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Grant, Ulysses Grant: A Biography by William McFeely 1981 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Grant, Ulysses Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity 1822-1865 by Brooks Simpson 2000 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Grant, Ulysses Captain Sam Grant (Vol 1) by Lloyd Lewis 1950
Grant, Ulysses Grant Moves South (Vol 2) by Bruce Catton 1960
Grant, Ulysses Grant Takes Command (Vol 3) by Bruce Catton 1969
Grant, Ulysses US Grant: American Hero, American Myth by Joan Waugh 2009
Halsey, William Bull Halsey by E.B. Potter 1985
Hamilton, Alexander Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow 2004
Harding, Warren The Shadow of Blooming Grove: Warren G Harding in His Times by Francis Russell 1968
Harding, Warren The Ohio Gang: The World of Warren G. Harding by Charles Mee 1981
Harding, Warren The Harding Era: Warren G. Harding and His Administration by Robert Murray 1969
Harrison, Benjamin The Presidency of Benjamin Harrison by Homer Socolofsky 1987 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Harrison, Benjamin Benjamin Harrison by Charles Calhoun 2005 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Harrison, Benjamin Benjamin Harrison: Hoosier Warrior (Vol 1) by Harry J. Sievers 1952 REVIEW (4 stars)
Harrison, Benjamin Benjamin Harrison: Hoosier Statesman (Vol 2) by Harry J. Sievers 1959 REVIEW (4 stars)
Harrison, Benjamin Benjamin Harrison: Hoosier President (Vol 3) by Harry J. Sievers 1968 REVIEW (3¼ stars)
Harrison, Wm Mr. Jefferson’s Hammer: William Henry Harrison by Robert Owens 2007 REVIEW (4 stars)
Harrison, Wm Old Tippecanoe: William Henry Harrison and His Time by Freeman Cleaves 1939 REVIEW (3 stars)
Hay, John All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay by John Taliaferro 2013
Hayes, Rutherford Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President by Ari Hoogenboom 1995 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Hayes, Rutherford Rutherford B. Hayes by Hans Trefousse 2002 REVIEW (3¼ stars)
Hayes, Rutherford Rutherford B. Hayes: And His America by Harry Barnard 1954
Hearst, William Randolph The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst by David Nasaw 2000
Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway by Kenneth S. Lynn 1987
Henry VIII The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir 1992
Henry, Patrick Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation by Harlow Unger 2010
Hershey, Milton Hershey: Milton S. Hershey’s Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams by Michael D’Antonio 2006
Hitler, Adolf Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography by John Toland 1976
Hoover, Herbert The Presidency of Herbert Hoover by Martin Fausold 1985
Hoover, Herbert Herbert Hoover: A Biography by Eugene Lyons 1947
Hoover, Herbert Herbert Hoover: A Public Life by David Burner 1979
Hoover, Herbert Herbert Hoover: The American President Series by William Leuchtenburg 2008
Hoover, J Edgar J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets by Curt Gentry 1991
House, Colonel Colonel House: A Biography of Woodrow Wilson’s Silent Partner by Charles Neu 2014
Houston, Sam The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston by Marquis James 1929
Houston, Sam Sam Houston by James Haley 2002
Hughes, Howard Howard Hughes: The Untold Story by Peter Harry Brown 1996
Isabella, Queen Isabella: The Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey 2014
Jackson, Andrew The Life of Andrew Jackson by Robert Remini 1988 REVIEW (4 stars)
Jackson, Andrew The Life of Andrew Jackson by Marquis James 1938 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Jackson, Andrew American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham 2008 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Jackson, Andrew Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands 2005 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Jackson, Andrew The Age of Jackson by Arthur Schlesinger 1945 REVIEW (3¼ stars)
Jackson, Andrew Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Empire (Vol I) by Robert Remini 1977 REVIEW (4½ stars)
Jackson, Andrew Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Freedom (Vol II) by Robert Remini 1981 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Jackson, Andrew Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Democracy (Vol III) by Robert Remini 1984 REVIEW (4 stars)
Jackson, Stonewall Stonewall Jackson by James Robertson 1997
Jackson, Stonewall Rebel Yell : The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S.C. Gwynne 2014
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 Third-party reviews
Jay, John John Jay: Founding Father by Walter Stahr 2005
Jefferson, Thomas Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham 2012 REVIEW (4½ stars)
Jefferson, Thomas American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph Ellis 1996 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Jefferson, Thomas Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson by Alan Pell Crawford 2008 REVIEW (4 stars)
Jefferson, Thomas Thomas Jefferson & The New Nation by Merrill Peterson 1970 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson the Virginian (Vol 1) by Dumas Malone 1948 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson and the Rights of Man (Vol 2) by Dumas Malone 1951 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty (Vol 3) by Dumas Malone 1962 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson the President: 1st Term (Vol 4) by Dumas Malone 1970 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson the President: 2nd Term (Vol 5) by Dumas Malone 1974 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson and His Time; The Sage of Monticello (Vol 6) by Dumas Malone 1977 REVIEW (4 stars)
Jobs, Steve Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson 2011 Third-party reviews
Johnson, Andrew Impeached: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy by David Stewart 2009 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Johnson, Andrew Andrew Johnson: A Biography by Hans Trefousse 1989 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Johnson, Andrew The Avenger Take His Place: Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days that Changed the Nation by Howard Means 2006 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Johnson, Andrew Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction by Eric McKitrick 1960 REVIEW (3¼ stars)
Johnson, Lyndon Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream by Doris Kearns Goodwin 1976
Johnson, Lyndon The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson by Joseph A. Califano, Jr. 1991
Johnson, Lyndon Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President by Robert Dallek 2004
Johnson, Lyndon Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times 1908-1960 (Vol 1) by Robert Dallek 1991
Johnson, Lyndon Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times 1961-1973 (Vol 2) by Robert Dallek 1998
Johnson, Lyndon The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume I) by Robert Caro 1982
Johnson, Lyndon Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume II) by Robert Caro 1990
Johnson, Lyndon Master of the Senate (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume III) by Robert Caro 1999
Johnson, Lyndon The Passage of Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume IV) by Robert Caro 2012
Jordan, Michael Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby 2014
Keller, Helen Helen Keller: A Life by Dorothy Hermann 1998
Kennedy, John F An Unfinished Life: JFK 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek 2003
Kennedy, John F The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys by Doris Kearns Goodwin 1987
Kennedy, John F Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History by Ted Sorensen 2008
Kennedy, John F John F. Kennedy: A Biography by Michael O’Brien 2005
Kennedy, John F A Thousand Days: JFK in the White House by Arthur Schlesinger Jr. 1965
Kennedy, John F President Kennedy: Profile of Power by Richard Reeves 1993
Kennedy, John F JFK: Reckless Youth by Nigel Hamilton 1992
Kennedy, John F Jack: A Life Like No Other by Geoffrey Perret 2001
Kennedy, John F JFK’s Last Hundred Days by Thurston Clarke 2013
Kennedy, John F A Question of Character: A Life of John F. Kennedy by Thomas C. Reeves 1991
Kennedy, John F Kennedy: The Classic Biography by Theodore Sorensen 1965
Kennedy, John F Jack: The Struggles of John F. Kennedy by Herbert Parmet 1980
Kennedy, John F JFK: The Presidency of John F. Kennedy by Herbert Parmet 1983
Kennedy, Joseph P The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw 2012
Kennedy, Robert Robert Kennedy: His Life by Evan Thomas 2000
Kidd, Captain The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd by Richard Zacks 2002
Kissinger, Henry Kissinger: A Biography by Walter Isaacson 1992
Lafayette The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered by Laura Auricchio 2014
Lafayette Lafayette by Harlow Unger 2002
Lee, Robert E The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War by Jonathan Horn 2015
Lee, Robert E Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E Lee by Michael Korda 2014
Lee, Robert E Lee by Richard Harwell 1997
Lewis, Meriwether Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen Ambrose 1997
Lincoln, Abraham Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin 2005 REVIEW (4½ stars)
Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln by David Herbert Donald 1995 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Lincoln, Abraham With Malice Toward None by Stephen B. Oates 1977 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Lincoln, Abraham Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years by Carl Sandburg 1926 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Lincoln, Abraham Abraham Lincoln: The War Years by Carl Sandburg 1939 REVIEW (3 stars)
Lincoln, Abraham Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President by Allen Guelzo 1999 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Lincoln, Abraham A. Lincoln: A Biography by Ronald C. White Jr. 2009 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Lincoln, Abraham Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief by James McPherson 2008 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Lincoln, Abraham Abraham Lincoln: A Biography by Benjamin Thomas 1952 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Lincoln, Abraham The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner 2010 REVIEW (not rated)
Lincoln, Abraham Abraham Lincoln: A Life (2 vols) by Michael Burlingame 2008 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Lincoln, Abraham Abraham Lincoln by Lord Charnwood 1916 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Lincoln, Abraham Abraham Lincoln: A History (10 vols) by John Hay and John Nicolay 1890
Lincoln, Abraham Herndon’s Life of Lincoln by William Herndon 1888
Lindbergh, Charles The Spirit of St Louis by Charles Lindbergh 1953
Lindbergh, Charles Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg 1998
Longstreet, James General James Longstreet: The Confederacy’s Most Controversial Soldier by Jeffry Wert 1993
MacArthur, Douglas American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964 by William Manchester 1978
Madison, James James Madison by Richard Brookhiser 2011 REVIEW (4 stars)
Madison, James Madison and Jefferson by Andrew Burstein 2010 REVIEW (4 stars)
Madison, James James Madison: A Biography by Ralph Ketcham 1971 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Madison, James James Madison and the Making of America by Kevin Gutzman 2012 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Madison, James James Madison: A Life Reconsidered by Lynne Cheney 2014
Madison, James The 4th President: A Life of James Madison by Irving Brant 1970
Magellan, Ferdinand Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Laurence Bergreen 2004
Malcolm X Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable 2011
Mantle, Mickey The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy 2010
Marshall, John John Marshall: Definer of a Nation by Jean Edward Smith 1996
McKinley, William William McKinley and His America by H. Wayne Morgan 1963 REVIEW (4 stars)
McKinley, William The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror and Empire by Scott Miller 2011 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
McKinley, William In the Days of McKinley by Margaret Leech 1959 REVIEW (3¼ stars)
McKinley, William The Presidency of William McKinley by Lewis Gould 1980 REVIEW (3¼ stars)
Mellon, Andrew Mellon: An American Life by David Cannadine 2006
Michelangelo Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King 2003
Michelangelo Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces by Miles J. Unger 2014
Michelangelo The Agony and the Ecstacy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo by Irving Stone 1961
Mondavi, Robert The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty by Julia Siler 2007
Monroe, James James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity by Harry Ammon 1971 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Monroe, James The Last Founding Father: James Monroe by Harlow Unger 2009 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Morgan, JP Morgan: American Financier by Jean Strouse 1999
Moses, Robert The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro 1974 Third-party reviews
Mozart Mozart: A Life by Maynard Solomon 1995
Napoleon Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts 2014
Nash, John F. A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar 1998
Newton, Isaac Isaac Newton by James Gleick 2003
Nicolay, John Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image by Joshua Zeitz 2013
Nimitz, Chester The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King – The Five Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea by Walter Borneman 2012
Nimitz, Chester Nimitz by E.B. Potter 1976
Nixon, Richard Richard Nixon: A Life in Full by Conrad Black 2007
Nixon, Richard President Nixon: Alone in the White House by Richard Reeves 2001
Nixon, Richard Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of An American Politician by Roger Morris 1990
Nixon, Richard Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein 2008
Nixon, Richard Nixon: The Education of a Politician 1913-1962 (Vol 1) by Stephen Ambrose 1987
Nixon, Richard Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician 1962-1972 (Vol 2) by Stephen Ambrose 1989
Nixon, Richard Nixon: Ruin & Recovery 1973-1990 (Vol 3) by Stephen Ambrose 1991
Nixon, Richard One of Us: Richard Nixon and the American Dream by Tom Wicker 1991
Nixon, Richard Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas 2015 Third-party reviews
O’Neill, Tip Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century: A Biography by John Farrell 2001
Patton Patton: A Genius for War by Carlo D’Este 1995
Peter the Great Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert Massie 1981
Pierce, Franklin Franklin Pierce: Martyr for the Union by Peter Wallner 2007 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Pierce, Franklin Franklin Pierce: New Hampshire’s Favorite Son by Peter Wallner 2004 REVIEW (4 stars)
Pierce, Franklin Franklin Pierce: Young Hickory of the Granite Hills by Roy Nichols 1931 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Pierce, Franklin Franklin Pierce by Michael Holt 2010 REVIEW (4 stars)
Polk, James A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk by Robert Merry 2009 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Polk, James Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter Borneman 2008 REVIEW (4 stars)
Polk, James James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse by Sam Haynes 1997 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Polk, James James K. Polk: Jacksonian and Continentalist by Charles Sellers 1957/66
Pope John Paul II Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel 1999
Raleigh, Sir Walter Sir Walter Raleigh: The Controversial Hero of the Elizabethian Age by Raleigh Trevelyan 2004
Reagan, Ronald Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader by Dinesh D’Souza 1997
Reagan, Ronald When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan by Peggy Noonan 2001
Reagan, Ronald Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan by Edmund Morris 1999
Reagan, Ronald The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism by Paul Kengor 2006
Reagan, Ronald Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power by Lou Cannon 2003
Reagan, Ronald President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime by Lou Cannon 1991
Reagan, Ronald The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order: 1964-1980 by Steven Hayward 2001
Reagan, Ronald The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989 by Steven Hayward 2009
Reagan, Ronald Sleepwalking Through History: America in the Reagan Years by Haynes Johnson 1991
Reagan, Ronald Reagan: The Life by H.W. Brands 2015 Third-party reviews
Robinson, Jackie Jackie Robinson: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad 1997
Rockefeller (Sr.), John D. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow 1998
Rockefeller, Nelson On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller by Richard Norton Smith 2014
Rogers, Will Will Rogers: A Biography by Ben Yagoda 1993
Roosevelt, Franklin FDR by Jean Edward Smith 2007
Roosevelt, Franklin Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of FDR by H. W. Brands 2008
Roosevelt, Franklin No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by Doris Kearns Goodwin 1994
Roosevelt, Franklin FDR: Champion of Freedom by Conrad Black 2003
Roosevelt, Franklin Franklin D. Roosevelt: Rendezvous with Destiny by Frank Freidel 1990
Roosevelt, Franklin Nothing to Fear: FDR’s Inner Circle and the 100 Days that Created Modern America by Adam Cohen 2008
Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History by Robert Sherwood 1948
Roosevelt, Franklin The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope by Jonathan Alter 2006
Roosevelt, Franklin Eleanor & Franklin by Joseph Lash 1971
Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox 1882-1940 by James MacGregor Burns 1956
Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom 1940-1945 by James MacGregor Burns 1970
Roosevelt, Franklin The Roosevelts: An American Saga by Peter Collier 1976
Roosevelt, Franklin FDR: A Biography by Ted Morgan 1985
Roosevelt, Franklin Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. The Supreme Court by Jeff Shesol 2010
Roosevelt, Franklin A First Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt 1905-1928 by Geoffrey Ward 1989
Roosevelt, Theodore The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard 2005 REVIEW (4½ stars)
Roosevelt, Theodore Power and Responsibility: The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt by William Harbaugh 1961 REVIEW (4 stars)
Roosevelt, Theodore The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin 2013 REVIEW (4 stars)
Roosevelt, Theodore Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition by Jean Yarbrough 2012 REVIEW (4 stars)
Roosevelt, Theodore Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough 1981 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Roosevelt, Theodore TR: The Last Romantic by H.W. Brands 1997 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Roosevelt, Theodore When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt after the White House by Patricia O’Toole 2005 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Roosevelt, Theodore Theodore Roosevelt: A Life by Nathan Miller 1992 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Roosevelt, Theodore Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life by Kathleen Dalton 2002 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Roosevelt, Theodore Theodore Roosevelt: A Biography by Henry Pringle 1931 REVIEW (3 stars)
Roosevelt, Theodore The Republican Roosevelt by John Blum 1954 REVIEW (not rated)
Roosevelt, Theodore The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Vol I) by Edmund Morris 1980 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Roosevelt, Theodore Theodore Rex (Vol II) by Edmund Morris 2001 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Roosevelt, Theodore Colonel Roosevelt (Vol III) by Edmund Morris 2010 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Rose, Pete Pete Rose: An American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy 2014
Ruth, Babe The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville 2006
Seward, William Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man by Walter Stahr 2012
Sherman, William Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert O’Connell 2014
Stalin, Josef Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Montefiore 2004
Stanton, Edwin Lincoln’s Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton by William Marvel 2015
Taft, William The William Howard Taft Presidency by Lewis Gould 2009 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Taft, William The Life and Times of William Howard Taft (2 vols) by Henry Pringle 1939 REVIEW (3¼ stars)
Taylor, Zachary Zachary Taylor: Soldier, Planter, Statesman of the Old Southwest by Jack Bauer 1985 REVIEW (3 stars)
Taylor, Zachary Zachary Taylor by John S. D. Eisenhower 2008 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Taylor, Zachary Zachary Taylor: Soldier of the Republic (Vol 1) by Holman Hamilton 1951
Taylor, Zachary Zachary Taylor: Soldier in the White House (Vol 2) by Holman Hamilton 1951
Thatcher, Margaret The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher, from Grocer’s Daughter to Prime Minister by John Campbell 2009
Tolstoy Tolstoy by Henri Troyat 1965
Truman, Harry Truman by David McCullough 1992
Truman, Harry Harry S. Truman by Robert Dallek 2008
Truman, Harry Man of the People: A Life of Harry S. Truman by Alonzo Hamby 1995
Truman, Harry Harry S. Truman: A Life by Robert Ferrell 1994
Twain, Mark Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain by Justin Kaplan 1966
Twain, Mark Mark Twain: A Life by Ron Powers 2005
Tyler, John John Tyler by Gary May 2008 REVIEW (4 stars)
Tyler, John John Tyler: Champion of the Old South by Oliver Chitwood 1939 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Tyler, John John Tyler: The Accidental President by Edward Crapol 2006 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Van Buren, Martin Martin Van Buren and the American Political System by Donald Cole 2004 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Van Buren, Martin Martin Van Buren: The Romantic Age of American Politics by John Niven 1983 REVIEW (2¾ stars)
Vanderbilt, Cornelius The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T. J. Stiles 2009
Warburg (family) The Warburgs: The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family by Ron Chernow 1993
Washington, George Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow 2010 REVIEW (5 stars)
Washington, George Washington: The Indispensable Man by James Flexner 1974 REVIEW (4 stars)
Washington, George His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph Ellis 2005 REVIEW (4 stars)
Washington, George The Ascent of George Washington by John Ferling 2009 REVIEW (3 stars)
Washington, George Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation by Richard Norton Smith 1993 REVIEW (3 stars)
Washington, George George Washington: The Forge of Experience 1732-1775 (Vol 1) by James Flexner 1965 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Washington, George George Washington in the American Revolution 1775-1783 (Vol 2) by James Flexner 1967 REVIEW (4½ stars)
Washington, George George Washington and the New Nation 1783-1793 (Vol 3) by James Flexner 1970 REVIEW (4½ stars)
Washington, George George Washington: Anguish and Farewell 1793-1799 (Vol 4) by James Flexner 1972 REVIEW (4½ stars)
Washington, George George Washington: A Biography [Neider’s abridgment] by Washington Irving 1856/9
Washington, George Washington [Harwell’s abridgment] by Douglas Southall Freeman 1957
Wayne, John John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman 2014
Wayne, John John Wayne: American by Randy Roberts 1995
Webster, Daniel The Great Triumvirate: Webster, Clay, and Calhoun by Merrill Peterson 1987
Webster, Daniel Daniel Webster: The Man and His Time by Robert Remini 1997
Wilde, Oscar Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellmann 1987
Williams, Ted Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero by Leigh Montville 2004
Williams, Ted The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams by Ben Bradlee Jr. 2013
Wilson, Woodrow Woodrow Wilson: American Prophet and World Prophet by Arthur Walworth 1958
Wilson, Woodrow Woodrow Wilson: A Biography by John Milton Cooper 2009
Wilson, Woodrow Wilson by A. Scott Berg 2013 Third-party reviews
Wilson, Woodrow Woodrow Wilson: World Statesman by Kendrick Clements 1987
Wilson, Woodrow Woodrow Wilson: A Biography by August Heckscher 1991
Wilson, Woodrow Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt by John Milton Cooper 1983
Woolf, Virginia Virginia Woolf: A Biography by Quentin Bell 1971
Wright (brothers) The Wright Brothers by David McCullough 2015 Third-party reviews
Xioping, Deng Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra Vogel 2011
Xioping, Deng Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life by Alexander Pantsov 2015 Third-party reviews

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2 thoughts on “***The Best Biographies of All Time***”

  1. Steve – Another great site! Thank you.

    • Thanks; I have to give credit to my kids who were looking for a way to learn how to start/manage a website. I (try to) come up with the content and they put it into motion. Now, if only I could get them to each read a biography per week…..!

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