Posted by Staff, summarized from Booklist magazine
published a list of their favorite biographies from the
past year. These titles combine the arts of investigation, analysis and storytelling to portray remarkable individuals. All descriptions are from Booklist.
Barack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss. Maraniss' story begins before Obama was born and ends before he enters politics, covering family histories in both Kansas and Kenya
George F. Kennen: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis. In this definitive portrait, the inner life of the enigmatic and sensitive diplomat and historian is revealed.
John Huston: Courage and Art by Jeffrey Meyers. An informative picture of the legendary movie director reveals how a flawed man produced so many nearly flawless films.
Malcolm X.: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable.
Electric with recovered facts and jolting revelations, esteemed history
professor Marable's biography is the most incisive portrait yet of the
complicated, controversial political leader.
The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro. The riveting 4th volume in the series.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Tracks Job's life and turns it into the tale of a flawed hero, noble quest, holy grail and death of a of a king.
Tolstoy: A Russian Life by Rosamund Bartlett. Focuses on Tolstoy's actions, rationales, and the reactions he elicited in admirably direct prose.