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Best Biographies of 2018

  • NONFICTION

    THE LIFE OF MARK TWAIN

    MARCH 30, 2018

  • NONFICTION

    PATRIOT NUMBER ONE

    MARCH 20, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

PATRIOT NUMBER ONE

by Lauren Hilgers

This excellent book makes a powerful argument for why the U.S. should always remain a place of sanctuary, benefiting... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS

    MAY 1, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS

by Clemantine Wamariya & Elizabeth Weil

Not quite as attention-getting as memoirs by Ismail Beah or Scholastique Mukasonga, but a powerful record of the refugee... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    A WORLD TO WIN

    MAY 1, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

A WORLD TO WIN

by Sven-Eric Liedman

Outstanding. Not the book for a budding Marxist to start with, but certainly one to turn to for reference and deeper insight. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    MR. LEAR

    APRIL 17, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

MR. LEAR

by Jenny Uglow

A well-wrought life of an eminent Victorian who merits our broader acquaintance. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    DE GAULLE

    AUG. 1, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

DE GAULLE

by Julian Jackson

A long but excellent, highly useful addition to the library of modern European history as well as the political history of... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FREDERICK DOUGLASS

    OCT. 2, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

FREDERICK DOUGLASS

by David W. Blight

A masterful, comprehensive biography, particularly of Douglass’ Civil War, Reconstruction, and Gilded Age years and... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    RUTH BADER GINSBURG

    OCT. 16, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

RUTH BADER GINSBURG

by Jane Sherron De Hart

A monumental biography of one of the most influential and revered Supreme Court justices of the last century. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE LIFE OF SAUL BELLOW

    NOV. 6, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE LIFE OF SAUL BELLOW

by Zachary Leader

Though sometimes overly detailed, this is a top-notch exploration of one of the most important midcentury writers. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    LEADERSHIP

    SEPT. 18, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

LEADERSHIP

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

In intimate, knowing ways, Goodwin crafts history as aspiration—or at least inspiration—for readers; let’s hope a hefty... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    PATRIOT OR TRAITOR

    NOV. 13, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

PATRIOT OR TRAITOR

by Anna Beer

A penetrating, spirited recounting of a courtier’s roiling life and times. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    GANDHI

    OCT. 2, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

GANDHI

by Ramachandra Guha

Superb. On nearly every page, Guha offers evidence why Gandhi remains relevant in the world 70 years after his death. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HESSE

    NOV. 5, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

HESSE

by Gunnar Decker ; translated by Peter Lewis

A richly detailed and supremely sensitive portrayal of an artist obsessed with the “terrible and magnificent” act of... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CHURCHILL

    NOV. 6, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

CHURCHILL

by Andrew Roberts

The most comprehensive single-volume biography of Churchill that we have in print and a boon for any student of the... Full review >

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