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15 Best Autobiographies Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lives

15 Best Autobiographies Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lives

An autobiography is a first hand experiences of the authors written by the authors, thus, making them interesting to the readers and enabling them to understand the “other,” unseen side of the authors.

Autobiographies are mainly written by famous persons. They teach us different stories, the authors’ struggles in life, the emotions they went through, making the autobiographers more human. Here are 15 of the best autobiographies in no qualitative order.

1. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

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    Written from 1771 to 1790, this book contains the life history of one of America’s founding fathers. Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography will tell you how a lower-middle classed youth raised up into one of the most admired men in the world.

    It will also tell you how Mr. Franklin believed in the American Dream, and indicated the possibilities of life in the New World. He proved to the world that hard works paid off, and that undistinguished persons could become of great importance in America.

    Another reason why this is a classic is due to the historical factors. It reveals how life was in the 18th Century, the idealism, the intellectualism and optimistic beliefs are very well expressed. This autobiography contains four parts and is totally worth a read!

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    2. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

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      Nelson Mandela’s autobiography contains every elements of knowledge you want to know about this legendary leader. Starting from his childhood, growing up in to a freedom fighter, to his twenty seven years in prison, and his significant role in molding up a new, democratic South Africa, this book has it all.

      It also contains in depth analysis of Mandela’s perception of the anti-apartheid struggle of the South Africans. In simple words, this book is Mandela’s long walk to freedom!

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      3. The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi

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        Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography is a frank and humble account that highlights the moral and spiritual side of an extraordinary leader. This book is firmly rooted in the historical background of the forty years he spent in India. It has every 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!

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        4. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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          This diary is very unlike your usual autobiography. Anne Frank was a Jewish girl, who, along with her family and few friends, went into hiding during World War II. This beautiful piece describes everything that a thirteen year old girl would experience: typical girlhood consciousness, friendships with other girls, her crushes on boys, and her academic performances.

          It also states how her life was while in hiding, her emotional roller coasters, her opinions on other people’s behavior, and her loneliness. Her diary ends shortly after her fifteenth birthday.

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          5. Chronicles, Vol 1 by Bob Dylan

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            Bob Dylan needs no introduction. This is the first volume of his autobiography and it contains three chapters. Here he talks about his life in New York in 1961, his experiences while recording his first album and his devotion towards two of his lesser albums.

            This is something all the music lovers will enjoy, especially those who adore him. He is planning to write two more chronicles, thanks to the immense success of his volume one.

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            6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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              This autobiography is the first of Maya’s seven autobiographies, but this has claimed fame for her. This book tells a wonderful, emotional journey of a struggling Black American, who went through bitter experiences in the course of her first seventeen years.

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              It starts from how her life changed after her parents’ divorce, how she was raped by her mother’s live-in boyfriend, how she overcame her trauma, and all the events that interlocked in between. This beautiful piece of literature teaches us the hardships of life and the extreme racism the Black Americans used to face at one time.

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              7. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

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                This particular book is a solid example of the underside of 20th Century American life. Malcolm X poured out the details of his life, from the poverty of his childhood, to his criminal teen, and then his emergence as a national figure and world leader.

                The readers are never allowed to forget that converting to Islam was the major turning point in Malcolm X’s life. This is considered a spiritual classic.

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                8. Agatha Christie: An Autobiography by Agatha Christie

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                  This autobiography can be considered as the unraveling of one of the best mysteries, Agatha Christie herself. She bespeaks of the delight of her happy childhood, her affectionate acquaintance with her mother, the tragic episodes that touched her, her mother’s death and her first husband’s adultery, marrying her second husband, and most importantly, about her works.

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                  9. Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi

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                    During the early 1990s and mid 2000s, this dashing man had dominated the tennis court by not only his charm and fashion, but also with his talent in the game. This former world number one wrote about his life account, confessing to controversies, his love life, and his “hate” for the game. This memoir is darkly funny and is regarded to be one of the National Best sellers of that time!

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                    10. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

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                      This memoir is crafted exceptionally well and does not contain the slightest hint of horror in it (unlike King’s other books!). After reading this, you will have learned about King’s personal life, experiences, his struggles during pre-fame and post-fame, and what makes him such a popular horror novelist. The style contains good humor and good dexterity. Each part (there are three parts) is equally informative and enthralling.

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                      11. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

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                        A Moveable Feast is a story of innocence lost. It tells the life events of the great American author and journalist, how he was shaped into becoming an author, his love interests, and his perspectives on things. Though the events are scattered, the book is still interesting in its own way.

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                        12. Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain

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                          In this first volume of Mark Twain’s memoirs, we see a colorful presentation of this great author’s long life. The book is a classic itself, and every element, like style, scope, imagination, laughter and tragedy, prove it all. It also manifests the different roles he had in life – a family man, an author, a son, a brother, and a friend.

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                          13. I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne

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                            The vocal of Black Sabbath may be not have a good reputation, but, at the end of the day, he is a human being too. And this is exactly what he tells us here. There are many things to learn from this man’s experiences. This is a book written in details and humor.

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                            14. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler

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                              To understand Hitler, you must read this autobiography. If you start reading this book, you will be able to comprehend the “other side” of this tyrant and mass murderer. Mein Kampf is a German phrase meaning My Struggle. This book depicts his childhood, early aspirations, his conflict with his father, his rise to the politics, and his hatred of the Jews. The chronicles are poised frankly.

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                              15. Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama

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                                This is a 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. Obama’s writing style shows class and exclusiveness as he reflects on his personal experiences on the racial relationships in the USA.

                                The knowledge one acquires from reading one autobiography is more than that acquire from reading a few novels. The readers can blend into the characters and witness the history from first-hand experience. Besides, why wouldn’t you learn from successful people who have experienced all the ups and downs before they succeeded?

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                                I believe that people who love reading MUST have one at least one of these books in their collection. And if you’re looking for more books to help you improve and get closer to success, these are must-reads:

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                                30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                                30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                                In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

                                1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

                                Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

                                2. Focus on your breath

                                Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

                                3. Get organized and purge old items

                                A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

                                4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

                                Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

                                5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

                                Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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                                6. Smile more

                                Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

                                7. Don’t worry about the future

                                As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

                                8. Eat real food

                                The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

                                9. Choose being happy over being right

                                Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

                                10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

                                Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

                                11. Make use of filtering features on social media

                                You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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                                12. Get comfortable with silence

                                When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

                                13. Listen to understand, not to respond

                                So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

                                14. Put your troubles in a bubble

                                Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

                                15. Speak more slowly

                                Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

                                16. Don’t procrastinate

                                Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

                                17. Buy a coloring book

                                Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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                                18. Prioritize yourself

                                You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

                                19. Forgive others

                                Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

                                20. Check your expectations

                                Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

                                21. Engage in active play

                                Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

                                22. Stop criticizing yourself

                                The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

                                23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

                                Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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                                24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

                                Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

                                25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

                                Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

                                26. Manage your money

                                Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

                                27. Stop trying to control everything

                                Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

                                28. Practice affirmations

                                Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

                                29. Get up before sunrise

                                Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

                                30. Be yourself

                                Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

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