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2012-05-16 10:10 AM

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Mine... There are two..

A Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela and Iacocca: An Autobiography


2012-05-16 10:13 AM
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I really like stand-up comedy.  Two of my favorite bios are Steve Martin: Born Standing Up and George Carlin: Last Words.
2012-05-16 10:19 AM
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I was very pleasantly surprised by Katharine Graham's autobiography, Personal History.

I honestly didn't know much of anything about her before reading the book, and can't even remember what prompted me to read it in the first place, but I found it to be an extremely interesting read... If you are interested in The Washington Post, Watergate, mental illness, affairs, and/or politics, I highly recommend it.

2012-05-16 10:48 AM
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Ted Williams by Leigh Montville, Luckiest Man by Jonathan Eig and John Adams (really anything by) David McCullough

2012-05-16 11:21 AM
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"Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know" - Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Great autobiography, cannot recommend highly enough, this guy is a legend. (amputated his own frost-bitten fingers at home, kicked out of the SAS, ran 7 marathons, in seven days, on all seven continents (only a few months after a heart attack)....oh and you know, solo'd across Antarctica and the Arctic and stuff!!

"View from the Summit" - Sir Edmund Hillary

"South - The endurance Expedition" - Ernest Shackleton. I know it's not a full biography - but comes close.

"In the water they can't see you cry" - Amanda Ray Beard - read start to finish in one sitting, enthralling and inspiring.

"Paddy Mayne" - By Hamish Ross. - Major in the 1st regiment SAS.

2012-05-16 11:34 AM
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otter68 - 2012-05-16 8:13 AM I really like stand-up comedy.  Two of my favorite bios are Steve Martin: Born Standing Up and George Carlin: Last Words.

Have you read "I Only Roast the Ones I Love" by Jeffrey Ross?  Both a "how-to" book and a biography of him as a roastmaster.  I loved it



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dewybuck - 2012-05-16 11:21 AM

"Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know" - Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Great autobiography, cannot recommend highly enough, this guy is a legend. (amputated his own frost-bitten fingers at home, kicked out of the SAS, ran 7 marathons, in seven days, on all seven continents (only a few months after a heart attack)....oh and you know, solo'd across Antarctica and the Arctic and stuff!!

"View from the Summit" - Sir Edmund Hillary

"South - The endurance Expedition" - Ernest Shackleton. I know it's not a full biography - but comes close.

"In the water they can't see you cry" - Amanda Ray Beard - read start to finish in one sitting, enthralling and inspiring.

"Paddy Mayne" - By Hamish Ross. - Major in the 1st regiment SAS.

This is my favorite and go to book for inspiration!  

Boy Racer by Mark Cavendish is high on my list right now.  Just because I love him and he says things that others would love too, but don't.  His ego makes me smile! 

2012-05-16 1:17 PM
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I haven't read many...  But the ones on Lance Armstrong are enjoyable.

And I heard good things about Mark Cavendish's book.

2012-05-16 1:37 PM
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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, about olympic runner and WWII POW Louis Zamperini, was excellent.
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otter68 - 2012-05-16 8:13 AM I really like stand-up comedy.  Two of my favorite bios are Steve Martin: Born Standing Up and George Carlin: Last Words.

Have you read "I Only Roast the Ones I Love" by Jeffrey Ross?  Both a "how-to" book and a biography of him as a roastmaster.  I loved it

Thanks - I'll check it out!

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Tireman 4 - 2012-05-16 10:10 AM Mine... There are two.. A Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela and Iacocca: An Autobiography

OMG thanks for the reminder. I was told this was absolutely amazing. 



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Tireman 4 - 2012-05-16 10:10 AM Mine... There are two.. A Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela and Iacocca: An Autobiography

OMG thanks for the reminder. I was told this was absolutely amazing. 



For me, they both are. I have read both of them 10 times. I am not kidding. A Long Walk To Freedom is a book ( he wrote much of it while in prison) I just could not put down. The Iacocca one too. Even if you do not like business, I swear you will not be able to stop reading the Iacocca book.
2012-05-17 9:18 AM
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The ones that stand out in my memory are Sir Edmund Hillary's and Chuck Yeager's.  There was also one on Ben Franklin that I liked as well.
2012-05-17 9:47 AM
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Most of Hunter S. Thompson's books where autobiographies in a way, just small portions of his life.

Richard Feynman's books were also somewhat autobiographical.

Other than these two, I really never had enough interest in anyone to read about their life.

ETA: Many of Bill Bryson's books also fall into this sort of category.... I enjoyed them...



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I just finished Chrissie Wellington's autobiography, and while she is far more talented at triathlon than at writing, I enjoyed the book and found it provided the expected amount of inspiration and entertainment. 

I also enjoyed Lance Armstrong's biography that came out about 10 years ago, even though I think he's a db. 

I honestly cannot remember any other biographies that I've read that weren't about athletes. Guess I need to get a literary life. 

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Sammeg - 2012-05-16 2:37 PM Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, about olympic runner and WWII POW Louis Zamperini, was excellent.

x2 what a great book



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