Need inspiration, or something good to read? Autobiographies are the books to start with. autobiographies are not just books, but stories of inspiration and courage of people who despite of the numerous hardships and challenges in their lives, never gave up to circumstances. they gave birth to new soul and fought their problems to live their dreams. to truly understand what and how great people are born, one must read and take motivation from their lives and autobiographies do that job efficiently. there are numerous of great books that deserve a read, so, here is a compilation of best autobiographies that one must read at least once in their lifetime.
#1 Long Walk To Freedom
The number 1 on our list of must read autobiographies is Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela. This evergreen autobiography talks about the initial days of Mandela, and slowly marches ahead to shed life on the political and social issues for which Mandela stood up and fought bravely. Nelson Mandela is a very prominent figure in South Africa for all the fights he fought for justice and equality at the hands of apartheid. He has also talked about the time he spent in the prison in his autobiography.
The long walk to freedom is a must, not because it throws light on Mandela’s life but also makes us realize what we should be as a human being and that even a single person’s voice matters and can change the phase of history.
#2 Julian Assange: The Unauthorized Autobiography
Who can forget the controversial episodes of WikiLeaks. Julain Assange, a computer programmer and the founder of WikiLeaks took the world by storm in 2010. The claims made by him made him and WikiLeaks the most talked about subjects. In 2010 Julian entered a contract to author his autobiography, only later cancelling it. But the work half done was enough to be made into a series of chapters. Julian Assange: the Unauthorized autobiography is a must read as it takes a deeper look into the life of a very popular, yet controversial celebrity.
This book has made it to our list of inspiring autobiographies because who has the courage and thought of going against the government and risking their lives? A very few, and Julian is one of them who exposed his life to that risk. This memoir deserves to be read in today’s time.
#3 I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. The name of the memoir is interesting enough to intrigue you to pick it up. The title of the book is inspired from Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem. Caged bird is a symbol of a chained slave in Maya’s book.
Maya Angelou is an American writer and poetess, who proved to the world that literature is a weapon to fight everything unjust in the world. In her autobiography, apart from talking about her childhood struggles, she has also highlighted how her love for literature helped her overcome racism and trauma.
Why should you read this inspiring autobiography? Because Maya has tried to tell the world that joy and pain comes together through her story. That it is the self love and inner strength that makes you powerful and strong. That whatever happens in life, we should never stop hoping and believe in the magic of right words. It is one of the best autobiographies of all time and for sure deserves to be read.
#4 Mein Kampf
“anyone can deal with victory.
only the mighty can bear defeat”
Mein Kampf, meaning my struggles in German, is an autobiography by Adolf Hitler. Mein Kampf introduces to the world a Hitler anyone hardly knew. For everyone who wishes to know more about him should pick this autobiography right away.
This book talks about Hitler’s political philosophy, his future plans for Germany, his ideologies, and also the reason for why he is the way he is. In short, nothing can be stated boldly without reading about Hitler in the words of Hitler himself. A must read to understand what went around during the world wars.
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#5 Dreams From My Father: A Story Of Race And Inheritance
The number 5 is one of the best selling autobiographies of all time. Barack Obama, the first African American president of the USA has shared his challenging and inspiring story in Dreams from my father. First published in 1995, his autobiography guides the world to the events from his early childhood. From talking about his father’s absence from his life to meeting his family members for the first time in Kenya, Obama has beautifully expressed all his emotions. This autobiography of his will make you fall in love with him all the more and for sure raise the respect to a higher level.
#6 Diary Of A Young Girl
Diary of a young girl by Anne Frank is one of the most popular and classic choice of autobiographies. It is also one of the best autobiographies of all time.
Diary of a young girl is a series of letters that Anne wrote when 13 in the 2 years she hid from the Nazi. It talks about the strength and power of inner being, in the letters she wrote to Kitty, Emmy, Conny, Marianne and Pop. She talks about what it is like to hide not just your but also your family’s existence and origin just to survive the cruelties in the hands of nazis. The letters also speak of Anne’s curious nature. All in all, this is one good read and everyone, whether young or old should read it.
#7 Open: An Autobiography
Open: An autobiography by tennis legend Andre Agassi is one must read autobiography of today’s time. We only get to know a celebrity by what the media portraits to us. The world knew Agassi as a great tennis player but his memoir discloses he was never fond of the sport. His father was the motivation behind him playing tennis gets mentioned only a few times after him getting pro. The controversy as to why he kept playing tennis when he had no motivation to, to the famous Roland Garros final, drug abuse to the famous long hair, there is spice and some unexpected revelations, which makes this autobiography one of the best autobiographies of all time. A sure recommendation to every Agassi fans and critiques.
#8 The Story Of My Experiments With Truth
” What barrier is there that love cannot break?”
An autobiography by Gandhiji, The Story of My Experiments With Truth sheds light on the young Mohandas through to 1921. Gandhiji wrote his memoir when in jail, on the request of fellow prisoner Jeramdas. In his book, he shares his spiritual and moral experiments and not just his political. The book is divided in 5 parts and revolves around the prisoned India. Different phases of his life has been touched very well. It uncovers the India and Gandhiji’s most of us hardly know about. Since Gandhiji is one of the most debated freedom fighters in and around the world this is a must must read autobiographies of all time, so as to decide for yourself what real Gandhi was.
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#9 An Unsuitable Boy
The newest addition to the list of best autobiographies to read is An Unsuitable Boy by Bollywood’s much loved director Karan Johar. Opinionated, creative, talented, massively successful and a new daddy, Karan Johar has bared his heart out in his memoir. Taking a stand on his gender preferences (indirectly almost stating the three words) to ups and downs in his relationship with dear friends, Karan has given answer to everyone who feels its their right to make fun of people who are famous. Fame doesn’t give you superpowers, at the end of the day you still are a human being and you have to deal with human emotions. An Unsuitable Boy deserves a read to know the real picture behind the reel life.
We hope you found this list of some help and that you have made up your mind about the next autobiography to pick up and indulge in. Happy reading!