Content tagged with "biography"

An Accidental Life: Volume 1, 1944-1964: How I Failed at Almost Everything
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June 19, 2021
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“I read this book because Kevin Kelly recommended it in his Recommendo newsletter. I had no idea why I wanted to read it – I didn’t even know who Charles Platt was. I think I was just smitten with the…”

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
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June 13, 2021
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“Meticulously-researched biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who became an outspoken resistor of the Nazis, and an eventual plotter in Hitler’s assassination, for which he was…”

Dancing With Myself
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December 26, 2016
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“I did not write a review for this book.”

Educated
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February 14, 2019
608

“Absolutely, one of the best books I’ve read in years. Enraging in places, it’s one of those books where you watch the protagonist suffer, and make choices you don’t really understand because you’re…”

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
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June 13, 2021
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“Fascinating story of Huguette Clark, the youngest daughter of mining baron WA Clark. She was fabulously wealthy, but reclusive and eccentric. She maintained ‘empty mansions’ that she never lived in,…”

Even in Our Darkness: A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life
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November 24, 2019
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“A memoir of a broken life. Jack Deere is a world-renowned theologian, but he hasn’t talked much about how his own life often spiraled out of control behind the scenes. His son took his own life, his…”

The Glass Castle
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June 10, 2020
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“A stunning memoir of a dysfunctional childhood. Jeannette’s parents weren’t actively abusive, but they were passively abusive in the sense that they had no personal responsibility, and they never gave…”

Greenlights
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October 16, 2021
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“I very much regret not getting the audiobook. It would have been spectacular to listen to the author read this. This is a memoir. It was made out to be more than that because (1) the cover is funky,…”

The King of Content: Sumner Redstone's Battle for Viacom, CBS, and Everlasting Control of His Media Empire
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January 4, 2022
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“This is the messy story of the tail end of Sumner Redstone’s life and the struggle for control of his companies: National Amusements, and, by acquisition, Viacom and Paramount. And it really is the…”

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
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June 1, 2014
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“Certainly a thrilling book and an amazing story. Not particularly well-written, and full of lots of ‘MURICA!, ‘screw the liberals,’ and George Bush worship. The author is an unapologetic solider from…”

A Man Named Dave
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February 15, 2016
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“My daughter gave me this book for Christmas. She had seen it at church, apparently. I did not like it. Here’s the thing: this is Dave Pelzer’s third book about his childhood trauma. I did not read…”

Me: Elton John Official Autobiography
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June 1, 2020
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“For the last few years, my brother has gotten in the habit of buying me a biography of an 80s music star for Christmas. First it was Motley Crue, then Billy Idol, then Phil Collins, and now Elton…”

A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age
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October 9, 2017
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“Lovely biography of Claude Shannon, who gave us information/communication theory. Covers his life from birth to death, in short chapters, each devoted to some aspect or time period. The longest…”

Not Dead Yet: The Memoir
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December 31, 2017
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“My brother gave this to me as a gift. I had forgotten how much exposure I had to Phil Collins as a teenager. Looking back, he was seemingly everywhere. Turns out, I missed most of his career in the…”

Open
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March 31, 2022
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“This is a compelling auto-biography. It reads fast and stays interesting. Agassi claims to hate tennis. His father groomed him to be a tennis player, and the stories he tells of his childhood border…”

A Promised Land
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January 15, 2021
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“You read memoirs for two things: (1) a play-by-play re-telling of history, and (2) some higher truth to it all; some ‘gestalt’ that makes you look at things differently. This book has #1, for sure….”

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
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October 22, 2018
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“Entertaining history of Nike from its beginning in 1962 through to when it went public in 1980. Those 18 years were run on a shoestring budget, and the company was constantly, hilariously broke. In…”

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music
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March 13, 2022
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“I liked this book because it’s obvious Dave Grohl wrote it. It clearly wasn’t ghost-written, because the writing can be a little cliched and breathless sometimes, and there’s an authenticity to that….”

This Will All Be Over Soon: A Memoir
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September 12, 2021
290

“I’m not going to rate this one because it was…different. I think you have to be a certain place emotionally and mentally to appreciate it, and I just wasn’t there. Cecily Strong is one of my all-time…”

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
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December 31, 2017
169

“Wonderfully written biography. Makes me want to read more Chernow. JDR was a flawed man, certainly. While an upstanding citizen in his personal life, he was a ruthless business, who destroyed his…”