Top Ten Best-Selling Biographies

Recently published popular biographies are listed on this page. These titles were found on the top biographies list at Amazon. Their list is mixed with autobiographies and a few histories. I have separated those out and list only the best biographies.

Biographies tell the intimate, personal life story of someone – most often a famous person, but not always. Biographies are usually written by a non-involved third person. Sometimes they are written by a friend, colleague, or family member.

Top 10 Best Selling Biographies

Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath
By Mimi Alford

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In the summer of 1962, nineteen-year-old Mimi Beardsley arrived in Washington, D.

  • “The book was well written, easy to read and interesting.” – Laura
  • “I highly recommend this lovely book telling about Mimi Alford’s affair with President John Kennedy while she was a 19 year old White House intern in the press office.” – Robert P. Morrow
  • “Doesn’t it bother anyone that there’s not a single shred of tangible proof to support her claims?” – WildViolet

The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity
By Nancy Gibbs

The inside story of the world’s most exclusivefraternity; how presidents from Hoover through Obama worked with–andsometimes, against–each other when they were in and out of power.

  • “I highly recommend this book for anyone that is even remotely interested in Presidential politics or the history of the Presidency itself.” – Marty Shimmel
  • “Very well written book with a lot of entertaining and surprising information.” – Patrick L Cawley
  • “My book club loved this pick and learned so much about how things get done in government.” – Grandma Sue

A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald
By Errol Morris

Academy Award-winning filmmaker and former private detective Errol Morris examines the nature of evidence and proof in the infamous Jeffrey MacDonald murder case Early on the morning of February 17, 1970, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Jeffrey MacDonald, a Green Beret doctor, called the police for help.

  • “In essence, Mr. Morris presents a sterling brief for the defense, but in fact largely ignores the biggest hole in his case – Jeffrey MacDonald himself.” – W. Weaver
  • “The remainder of Morris’s book is filled with far more serious errors.” – Steamchef
  • “Not because it’s not well written – - because it is and Mr. Morris does a fine job of supporting his statements.” – Lori Hedgpeth

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time
By Greg Mortenson

In 1993, following a failed attempt to ascend K2, Greg Mortenson was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers in Pakistan and promised to build them a school.

  • “Amazing story of how one person can truly make a difference.” – Natalie D. Barnes
  • “I hope that people around the world will read this book and realize what one person can do to help create more educated and hopefully more peaceful citizens.” – M. L. Bleecker
  • “Good writing makes the people seem like old friends by the end of the book.” – Leslie Stewart

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
By Eric Metaxas

From the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace, a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, the man who stood up to Hitler.

  • “Bonhoeffer lived a life in constant pursuit of God’s will.” – J. P. Stevens
  • “This book is well researched, and gives the reader a very well-orbed picture of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life.” – Derek
  • “Bonhoeffer Paster, Martyr, Prohpet, Spy by Eric Metaxas This is a very inspirational biography about Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” – jandries

By Dave Eggers

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business.

  • “Thank you Dave Eggers for writing this book and thank you to the Zeitoun family for sharing your story.” – CL Hardman
  • “This book is very well written – presenting a very compelling story in a factual manner.” – JB
  • “As I read this book I just kept saying out loud over and over again, “This cannot be America.”" – B. K. Davis

George Washington's Sacred Fire
By Peter A. Lillback

What sets George Washington’s Sacred Fire apart from all previous works on this man for the ages, is the exhaustive fifteen years of Dr.

  • “This is a book I have wanted to read, it is about a great man of American history.” – Carol A. Brunais
  • “Now, Lillback’s book is 1200 pages long.” – Jacob
  • “Read this book and make up your own mind!” – B. Smith

Into the Wild
By Jon Krakauer

In a compelling book that evokes the writings of Thoreau, Muir, and Jack London, Krakauer recounts the haunting and tragic mystery of 22-year-old Chris McCandless who disappeared in April 1992 into the Alaskan wilderness in search of a raw, transcendent experience.

  • “Jon Krakauer wrote the book “Into the Wild” and in my opinion did a great job explaining the life of Chris McCandless.” – Joe
  • “The author, Jon Krakauer, does an excellent job of reporting the story and this allows him to make the reader feel like they are in the story.” – Zina Badri
  • “I saw the movie before I read the book.” – Matthew B. Walker

Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball
By Bill Madden

No owner has changed the landscape of sports more than New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

  • “Bill Madden writes a rollicking and very funny book on the life and times of Yankees owner George M. Steinbrenner.” – Robert F. Hamilton
  • “Madden is sympathetic to Steinbrenner and his personal like and respect for the man clearly comes through.” – frankbif
  • “I like the way Bill Madden wrote this book — from the eyes of everyone else, but at the same time with glimpses from Steinbrenner as well.” – P.J.

Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century
By Sam Kashner

From veteran entertainment reporter Sam Kashner and biographer Nancy Schoenberger comes the definitive account of the greatest Hollywood love story ever told—the romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

  • “Furious Love is a biography about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.” – K. Michele
  • “Their story is wonderful and epic and tragic.” – D. Summerfield
  • “Once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down.” – Jenn

Suggestions of the Best Biographies

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