Here’s a list of 10 best autobiography books of all time. These Famous autobiographies draw on the experiences of political thinkers, actors, novelists, philosophers, presidents and public figures.
Famous Autobiographies: 10 Best Autobiography Books of All Time –
- A Promised Land by Barack Obama
- Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
- Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Unfinished by Priyanka Chopra
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- Wings of Fire by APJ Abdul Kalam
A Promised Land by Barack Obama
This is the first volume of coveted US president Obama’s memoirs. It delves into the intimate dealings of the most important and powerful man in the world. The memoir talks about his personal thoughts in moments of crisis such as the global financial crisis. Blending the political with the personal, this is a must read not just because of its content but also because of its language.
Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah
This is the memoir of an adopted Chinese daughter who suffers abuse at the hands of her stepmother. Neglect at the hands of her father adds to this.. This story reflects the turmoil of the political climate in the emotional turmoil our protagonist faces. Her escape into the US to become a writer and physician feels like heave of relief. This book is heartbreaking, yes, but it’s also triumphant and essential.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
The global peace icon Malala endured a brutal Taliban attack for wanting education and her miraculous recovery set a precedent for girls all over the world. In this deeply personal account, she recounts her childhood in Pakistan, her relationship with her father and their drive to educate her. She feels like a regular girl next door but when faced with brutal conflict, she demonstrates extraordinary courage and grit. This is the story of a girl who wants education, and it’s a must read.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
This memoir chronicles the life of the first lady of America, Michelle Obama. Letting us into the insides of her life, mind and heart, she explores the professional as well as intimate arenas that have been shielded from the public. This book, as the cover rightly says, tells of a life filled with meaning and accomplishment.
What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
In this book, one of the biggest entertainers and talk show hosts of our times, Oprah Winfrey has documented her life lessons. This novel is a compilation of everything she has learnt and everything she ‘knows for sure.’ She covers everything from creativity, closeness to nature to the force of love and more. A profoundly insightful and feel-good read, reading this might just change your life.
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela needs no introduction – he is the former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner. This book simultaneously tackles the political as well as familial aspects of his life, from the devastating end of his marriage to the increasing political warfare between the ANC and government in the 1950s. This book is an insight into a great life, and deserves to be on everyone’s bookshelf.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou’s modern classic chronicles the black experience in America. It follows her childhood away from her parents, her relationship with her brother and her abuse at the hands of an older white man. Though the book tackles serious and difficult themes, it’s hopeful and joyous in equal measure as well. It’s a must read memoir, for the sheer depth of heart Maya has poured out in it.
Unfinished by Priyanka Chopra
Acclaimed Bollywood actress and pageant winner Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ memoir chronicles her life in India as well as USA. Her childhood in India, her entry in the glamorous world of beauty pageants and Indian films, the expansion of her oeuvre to including some of the biggest TV shows of the West – it’s all here. She emphasizes on the fact that though her accomplishments may seem mammoth considering her young age, she is nowhere near done. Her dreams soar high, and so does she.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
This book tells the story of a neurosurgeon diagnosed with cancer. But this is no bleak exploration of the meaninglessness of life – it is, instead, a book charged with purpose and vigour. It explores the fundamental existential question – what does life mean, in the face of death?
Wings of Fire by APJ Abdul Kalam
APJ Abdul Kalam is one of the greatest minds to have taken birth in India, precisely, in bat owning family in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. He went on, however, to become a defence scientist (winning him the civilian honour Bharat Ratna) and the president of India. His extraordinary journey from his humble beginnings to a towering personality in the Indian pantheon is what makes up this wonderful memoir.