Favorite books about famous and/or infamous people?

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Favorite books about famous and/or infamous people?

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1Molly3028
Redigerat: mar 9, 2019, 9:49am

Which books in this category have garnered your favor over the years?

Last Flight by Amelia Earhart (info arranged by her husband, George Palmer Putnam)

Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Doris Day: Her Own Story by A. E. Hotchner

Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde
by Jeff Guinn

are some of my all-time favorites.

3Limelite
jun 24, 2019, 10:53pm

The bio of Thomas Lanier Williams II, aka Tennessee Williams, Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams by Lyle Leverich.

Vita:The Life of Vita Sackville-West by Victoria Glendinning and her biography of Virginia Woolf's husband titled, Leonard Woolf: A Biography.

Robert K. Massie's vividly human interpretation of Russian Empress, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

4LynnB
jun 25, 2019, 8:48am

yes, I second the motion for Robert K. Massie's Catherine the Great

52wonderY
jun 25, 2019, 9:36am

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Always Looking Up, Michael J. Fox

Hot Dogs and Cocktails gives a short intimate look at the Roosevelts and King George VI; more than you'd expect.

The Boys in the Boat. I suppose the 1936 US rowing team were famous in their day. Excellent writing!

6JulieLill
jun 25, 2019, 3:10pm

>5 2wonderY: The Boys in the Boat -one of my favorites also.

7JulieLill
jun 25, 2019, 3:12pm

So many Non-fiction books to chose from!

8lidacb
jul 2, 2019, 11:24pm

Plain Speaking by Merle Miller (about Harry Truman). Samuel Johnson by John Wain. Gerald Clarke on Truman Capote. Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellman

9Limelite
jul 4, 2019, 5:33pm

Gotta throw this one out there. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Hard to think of two more infamous American men than those two murderers.

10Diane-bpcb
aug 4, 2019, 8:38pm

>9 Limelite: Agreed. I actually was surprised to discover how well written In Cold Blood was.

11lilithcat
aug 4, 2019, 8:42pm

>10 Diane-bpcb:

I'm curious, why did that surprise you? Capote was already a very accomplished author, and I'd have found it surprising if In Cold Blood hadn't been well written.

12lilithcat
aug 4, 2019, 8:43pm

>9 Limelite:

Leopold and Loeb?

13Limelite
aug 5, 2019, 4:28pm

>12 lilithcat:

Who? ;^)

FYI: Perry Edward Smith and his fellow ex-con partner, Richard Eugene "Dick" Hickock butchered a family of 4 in their Kansas farm house in the 50s. Capote was obsessed by them, more especially Smith. He attended Smith's execution in an act of "friendship" to him. In Cold Blood (pub. 1966) is probably the most famous American real crime nonfiction book.

14lilithcat
aug 5, 2019, 4:41pm

>13 Limelite:

I know perfectly well what In Cold Blood is about. (See >11 lilithcat:)

My reference was to your comment "Hard to think of two more infamous American men than those two murderers."

15Limelite
aug 5, 2019, 5:11pm

I meant in friendly fashion because I thought your answer a joke (too). Please don't be upset if I didn't get that across! Sorry!!