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The best books on literary figures (like the best books on Shakespeare’s life, recommended by James Shapiro of Columbia University) 321,550 ratings — The past may be a foreign country, but the world portrayed in the art of the Dutch Masters is not so very far from our own, says Adam Eaker of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Nonfiction: Memoir/Biography #NonficNov. published 2012, avg rating 4.13 — published 1845, avg rating 4.20 — He tells us about the art of political biography and the writers who’ve best captured leaders such as Churchill and Thatcher. 98,833 ratings — 76,487 ratings — 33,148 ratings — published 1995, avg rating 4.14 — : Or, The Artist as Craftsman, Memoirs of the Life of John Constable: Composed Chiefly of His Letters, Nollekens and his Times: Comprehending A Life Of That Celebrated Sculptor, And Memoirs Of Several Contemporary Artists, With Eagles to Glory: Napoleon and His German Allies in the 1809 Campaign, With Napoleon in Russia: Memoirs of General de Caulaincourt, Duke of Vicenza, The Wagner Compendium: A Guide to Wagner's Life and Music, Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One: Not For Turning, Not for Turning: The Life of Margaret Thatcher, Charles de Gaulle and the French Resistance, Bad Faith: A History of Family and Fatherland, Charles Jennens: The Man Behind Handel's Messiah, A General History of Music: From the Earliest Ages to the Present Period, The Autobiography and Correspondence of Mary Granville, Mrs Delany, Dr Johnson and Mr Savage - a biographical mystery, The Memoirs of Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation, Leonardo da Vinci: i documenti e le testimonianze contemporanee, Leadership (from Ancient Greece and Rome), The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives, Beethoven: Impressions by his Contemporaries, Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet, The Moment of Self-Portraiture in German Renaissance Art, The Self-Aware Image: An Insight Into Early Modern Meta-Painting, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy, The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age, Rembrandt's Enterprise: The Studio and the Market, Art of the Everyday: Dutch Painting and the Realist Novel, The Best Thomas Cromwell Books: Editors’ Picks, The Tudor Constitution: Documents and Commentary, High School Teachers Recommend Books by Subject, five that she feels push the boundaries of the genre. 22,230 ratings — 2007. What might Leonardo be doing were he alive today, in our own digital age? Can we separate the musical genius from the man? Here, Five Books contributing editor Benedict King chooses five of the best books to help you get to grips with the real Thomas Cromwell and the political and religious environment in which he operated. To get you to the right place, we've divided up our book recommendations and interviews into a number of sections, including: The best historical biographies The author, critic and chair of the National Book Critics’ Circle biography committee talks us through the books that made their 2020 shortlist. published 2001, avg rating 4.12 — published 1969, avg rating 3.91 — published 2000, avg rating 4.14 — 256,644 ratings — 45,761 ratings — 70,606 ratings — 871,615 ratings — Find a huge variety of new & used Children's Nonfiction Biography Autobiography books online including bestsellers & rare titles at the best prices. 87,264 ratings — published 2013, avg rating 4.20 — Martin Kemp, Emeritus Professor in Art History at Oxford and the author of the recently published Mona Lisa: The People and the Painting, helps us identify the non-mythical Leonardo. I’m eager to participate in Nonfiction November this year hosted by Doing Dewey, Julz Reads, What’s Nonfiction, and Shelf-Aware. Nonfiction or non-fiction is any document or content that purports in good faith to represent truth and accuracy regarding information, events, or people. Title and Author/Editor: Lydia Pinkham Is Her Name by Jean Burton (Farrar, ... Ohio History and Governing Books, Mid 19th Century - Mid 20th Century. History, Biography and Nonfiction Bibliography Aronson, Marc. 85,831 ratings — published 2016, avg rating 4.04 — Renaissance means may have been very different, but celebrity artists in Medici Florence dealt with many of the issues relating to identity and authorship that we grapple with today. How did Napoleon Bonaparte, an upstart Corsican, go on to conquer half of Europe in the 16 years of his rule? For the past two years, we've turned to Elizabeth Taylor, chair of the judging panel for the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) prize for biography, to talk us through the books written over the past year that the judges viewed as outstanding, chosen for their shortlist for the best of the year. Biography Fantasy & Adventure Fiction History Mystery Romance Sci-Fi & Fantasy Life & Relationships See All > Featured B&N Exclusives B&N YA Book Club The Best Books of 2020 Binge a New YA Series Boxed Sets Explore SparkNotes.com Get Ready for School: Books & Supplies Trend Shop New York: Antheum Books for Young Readers. But I’ve given it a try. Richard Wagner’s works are as immense as they are influential: the four-part, 15-hour saga Der Ring des Nibelungen is the most analysed opera of all time. 988,815 ratings — 995,507 ratings — If you're looking for a book about a specific person or group of people, you'll find our website an incredible resource. published 2005, avg rating 3.92 — It’s 2018, and we’ve all heard the phrase "New Year, New You"…but here’s the thing: being you is actually the best, because you’re the only you there could ever be! Nonfiction Books Including Lydia Pinkham Biography and World History. Gandhi's peaceful resistance to British rule changed India and inspired freedom movements around the globe. Great deals on Biography History Nonfiction Books. 789,336 ratings — 627,094 ratings — Professor of political theory, Terrell Carver, takes us through the most influential books, in English, about Marx, Marxism and his friend, publicist and financial backer, Friedrich Engels. $30. Winston Churchill’s role as a global statesman remains immensely controversial. Shop Children's Nonfiction Biography Autobiography books at … She picks five books that push the boundaries of the genre. History is fascinating, but some history books are boring. Few people have had their ideas reinvented as many times as the German intellectual and political activist, Karl Marx. For the most outstanding biographies ever written, we have the legendary Lyndall Gordon recommending five that she feels push the boundaries of the genre. published 2017, avg rating 3.95 — Biography is booming, says the longtime book critic and biographer Elizabeth Taylor. 550,927 ratings — Error rating book. Browse Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography eBooks to read online or download in EPUB or PDF format on your mobile device and PC. Bestsellers Book lists Best Of 2020. The Mirror and the Light—the final instalment of Hilary Mantel’s epic trilogy covering the life of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief minister and architect of the English Reformation—was published to great acclaim this month. Here she highlights the five fantastic books shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle 2019 biography award, and how historical lives provide insight into contemporary culture. He talks us through the Kennedy generations. Autobiography 3. 69,819 ratings — Books, Maps, Manuscripts & Ephemera Nonfiction. Memoir 2. Condition varies but all are readable. The former British foreign secretary, Douglas Hurd, recommends five highly readable political biographies, looking at the lives of some of Britain’s best-known prime ministers of the last 150 years. Opera critic Michael Tanner recommends the best books on Wagner. He isn’t one of these people who try to make their books into vehicles for titillation, and the fact is that most lives don’t deserve that, even if serialisation demands it. Though ferociously private, Lucian Freud spoke about painting, the art world and his life and loves to his confidante and frequent collaborator, William Feaver, on the phone most weeks for many years. published 2015, avg rating 4.13 — Item Details. published 1996, avg rating 4.21 — 67,788 ratings — Night book. published 2016, avg rating 3.99 — published 1998, avg rating 4.05 — Hugo Vickers talks about what makes a good royal biography, and how he helped Helena Bonham Carter prepare for her film role as the Queen Mother. She does her own thing”. Science Fiction & Fantasy Nonfiction Biography & Memoir History. Alexander the Great never lost a battle and established an empire that stretched from the Mediterranean to the Indian subcontinent. Current Events & Social Issues Graphic Novels & Comics Teens & Young Adult Children's. Justine Picardie, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar UK and author of Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life, chooses her favourite fashion biographies, and considers whether fashion and art are inextricably linked. For some he was the heroic champion of liberty, saviour of the free world; for others a callous imperialist with a doleful legacy. Hitler has a reputation as the incarnation of evil. published 2010, avg rating 4.20 — Whatever modern leadership books may say about what’s required to be a good leader, for the ancients there was only one vital requirement: studying philosophy. published 2006, avg rating 3.92 — published 2015, avg rating 4.24 — For a society that struggles with materialism and consumption, there are a lot of lessons to be learnt from the 17th century Golden Age. published 1997, avg rating 3.78 — The Best of Biography: the 2020 NBCC Shortlist, Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century, The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth, L.E.L. “You get a sense of her independence of mind. 636,244 ratings — Here, Gopnik discusses five key books that offer crucial insight into Warhol the man. 803,211 ratings — 199,836 ratings — 422,611 ratings — When you want to find out more about a historical or political figure, a biography is a great place to start. published 2010, avg rating 4.08 — 73,686 ratings — Discover new childrens books on topics ranging from childrens autobiography books, childrens nonfiction books, and childrens biography books at QuartoKnows.com. Good nonfiction books about history: Big History A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves by Walter Alvarez – The unlikely story of life on Earth The Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection by Tamim Ansary— Understanding human history as an extraterrestrial might view it Writing a traditional biography of Shakespeare is impossible, says Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro. 94,683 ratings — And was he really that short? Five Books participates in the Amazon Associate program and earns money from qualifying purchases. published 2001, avg rating 4.05 — published 1956, avg rating 4.12 — published 2016, avg rating 4.38 — Music critic and novelist Jessica Duchen talks us through the best books about the German composer and pianist, Ludwig van Beethoven. Here, the eminent scholar M M McCabe recommends the best books to read to understand Socrates and engage with the eternal question: How best to live? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Nonfiction books appeal to everyone. George Frideric Handel was born near Leipzig, became established in Italy, and ended life as England’s national treasure. Andy Warhol’s ubiquitous soup cans – and his willingness to play the naïf – eclipse the leading Pop Art figure’s depth, as Blake Gopnik reveals in his magisterial new biography. How do you find the perfect subject for a biography? published 1994, avg rating 3.86 — 101,420 ratings — 183,082 ratings — 16,993 ratings — You'll learn something new with nonfiction books from HMH. published 1979, avg rating 4.01 — 2,839,377 ratings — It’s their frailty that makes politicians such interesting characters, says Tony Blair’s biographer Anthony Seldon. 604,445 ratings — Robert McCrum. Children's Fiction Mystery & Thriller Teen Science Fiction & Fantasy Nonfiction Romance Biography & Memoir. 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Every generation has its own Leonardo, and for many he remains a man of mystery. 229,658 ratings — : The Lost Life and Scandalous Death of Letitia Elizabeth Landon, the Celebrated "Female Byron", Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century, A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II, The Best Biographies: the 2019 NBCC Shortlist, Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret, Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History, The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century, The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, Alexander the Great: The Anabasis and the Indica, The First European: A History of Alexander in the Age of Empire, The Persian Empire: A Corpus of Sources from the Achaemenid Period, Fire from Heaven: A Novel of Alexander the Great, Hostage to Fortune: The Letters of Joseph P. Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Power in Action, Churchill and the Islamic World: Orientalism, Empire and Diplomacy in the Middle East, In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War, Private View: The Lively World of British Art, A Free House! Cultural Criticism/Responses 5. And so it’s unsurprising that this book is now considered a classic. Biography is booming, says the longtime book critic and biographer Elizabeth Taylor. published 2016, avg rating 3.83 — 422,843 ratings — Here, the best nonfiction books of 2020. Best Nonfiction Books for Kids Some kids prefer true stories -- history, biography, memoir, science -- to made-up ones. 4.4 out of 5 stars 126. The lives of the philosophers Current Bid. But here he selects the best five books that tackle the life of the Bard. The classical Greek philosopher is credited with laying the foundation of Western philosophy – without ever having written a word. 78,028 ratings — published 2016, avg rating 4.24 — The historian and author chooses five books on de Gaulle and the Resistance. 173,213 ratings — Race: A History Beyond Black and White. In this feminist memoir, Maxine Hong Kingston mixes mythology and personal stories to examine her life and her identity as a Chinese American woman. Biography British Literature European Literature Historical History Media Tie In Nonfiction Politics Tv The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 2: Political Scandal, Personal Struggle, and the Years That Defined Elizabeth II (1956-1977) Feaver’s transcript forms the core of his definitive two-volume biography. 438,146 ratings — Read 29 583 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. 213,679 ratings — published 2011, avg rating 4.36 — “what he gives you is a complete picture. If you're looking for the best new biographies, or even outstanding works written decades or centuries ago, we have some recommendations for you. No matter your interests, you’ll be able to find a subject that fits your taste. Welcome back. Shipped with USPS Media Mail. published 1791, avg rating 3.83 — published 2004, avg rating 4.34 — ISBN 978-0-689-86554-1 Summary Aronson connects historical people, their philosophies and writings and events as an evolution of racial prejudice in Western culture. Popular Content. published 2012, avg rating 4.32 — But here’s the thing: I secretly kind of agree with them. published 2013, avg rating 4.25 — 149,156 ratings — We live in an age obsessed with self-image. Simon Heffer, journalist, historian and friend of Margaret Thatcher, recommends the best books to read to gain an understanding of the United Kingdom’s first female prime minister—and explains why she was the most influential British leader of the modern era. Humor 8. 99. Here she highlights the five fantastic books shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle 2019 biography award, and how historical lives provide insight into contemporary culture. Self-help/Moti… published 2018, avg rating 4.16 — This site has an archive of more than one thousand interviews, or five thousand book recommendations. published 1999, avg rating 3.69 — The inner life is a mystery but the best biographies expose the hidden kernel of a person, says literary biographer and academic, Lyndall Gordon. Lives of the classical composers So instead of trying to reinvent yourself, why not read some nonfiction books to help yourself be the smartest, most interesting, well- published 1996, avg rating 4.14 — Bestseller lists teem with 800-page biographies of the founders, but these tomes are not for everyone. Paperback $13.99 $ 13. Ramachandra Guha, author of a new two-part biography of Gandhi, introduces us to books that give a fuller picture of the man who came to be known as 'Mahatma' Gandhi. This article is more than 4 years old. “Pick a real bitch, or real bastard, and make sure they’re dead,” a famous biographer once told Elizabeth Taylor. 138,061 ratings — published 2014, avg rating 4.05 — He speaks with us about the best books for understanding the life and work of this renowned painter, and the very particular collaboration that led to this magisterial account of one of the finest painters of the last century. We ask experts to recommend the five best books in their subject and explain their selection in an interview. Includes all books pictured plus more. Nonfiction Biography Picture Books Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov Fascinating and important history meet gifted storytelling in this new picture book biography about Louis Braille. 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