Biographies

Yesterday I shared five historical nonfiction books that I really enjoyed, and today I thought I would share three biographies that I enjoyed and would recommend if they interest you too!

John Adams by David McCullough

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I have always been interested in John Adams; he was involved in so much surrounding the creation of our country! I love the relationship he had with his wife and always found the relationship he had with Thomas Jefferson so intriguing.

Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough

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Not only is David McCullough one of my favorite historical authors, this book looks at the early life (age ten to about twenty-seven) of my favorite president. I have adored Theodore Roosevelt since we visited Teddy Roosevelt national park in North Dakota when I was in middle school. In North Dakota history we learnt much about the Lewis and Clark expedition, but we also learned a lot about Teddy Roosevelt; he’s a bit of a hero in that part of the world. I have always loved his passion for protecting our natural lands and find the challenges he faced and overcame so interesting. When we went to New York, William and I visited the National Park Service site of his birthplace on Valentine’s Day, which is also a tragic day for the life of this man.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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This book was really impactful for me. To follow Louis Zamperini from his troubled childhood to competing in the Berlin Olympic games to becoming a prisoner of war in the Pacific theater. He went through such incredible highs and lows in his life that this book honors well. Clearly I find the athletes of the 1936 games interesting in their own right since I mentioned my love of Boys in the Boat yesterday, and I also have an intense interest in World War II and the multi-faceted global layers that brought that tragedy to life. This book combines both in a really moving way.

What’s your favorite biography?

Is there a person you can’t learn enough about?

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