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1. The Flight of the Century: Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of American Aviation (Pivotal Moments in American History) by Thomas Kessner
The first man to fly the non-stop transatlantic flight. Charles Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris non-stop and it was a feat for commercial American aviation.
Without this guy, we wouldn’t be where we are today which is what is so amazing about this book. Charles Lindenbergh actually took the aviation business to where it is now which allows people to travel all over the world at will.
This one is definitely at the top of my reading list.
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2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is the Cheif Operating Officer of Facebook, and in this autobiography she recounts on her own decisions, mistakes and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her family and her career.
Sandberg goes on to explain that in this autobiography, it’s about what women can do and not about what they can’t do. It is destined to change the way people think about equality in the work place, and it is told how it is from this powerful woman.
This is a recent autobiography from an incredible woman, who has been ranked on Fortune’s list of 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.
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3. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
Imagine waking up in a Hospital room, strapped to a bed, not being able to move or to speak and to see guards standing around you. You’d be scared wouldn’t you?
Susannah Cahalan had been deemed a “flight risk” and her Hospital records showed that she had been having hallucinations, was violent, and unstable. Prior to this she was a normal girl who had her whole life ahead of her and she was healthy.
What had taken over her body? This autobiography explains about Susannah Cahalan’s decent into madness and her extraordinary recovery thanks to a team of medical staff who worked around the clock and spent $1million trying to find out what was was wrong with her.
This is more than a riveting read, it’s a powerful account of a woman which will likely become a true classic in the future.
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4. Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford
A humorous autobiography about a girl, who explains how she saw her life in childhood, through adolescence into parenthood. Kelly Oxford specializes in her youth primarily, though absurd and foolish, it is a funny read.
There are many funny moments in this autobiography which will make you keep reading on. Kelly explains about what she learned from the things she did and invites the reader to learn with her.
A funny quote from the book: “An Open Letter to the Nurse Who Gave Me an Enema Bottle and Told Me to Do It Myself While I Was High on Morphine.”
If that doesn’t make you wonder what this autobiography is all about then you’ll understand why everything is perfect when you’re a liar.
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5. Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
This memoir was published in December of 1998, but it is still one of the best reads of this day in age.
It is about a boy who endured a very hard life indeed, growing up in depression-era, Frank would gather coal from the street to light a fire, and was on the verge of starvation, begging a pig’s head for a Christmas dinner, because his father, Malachy, rarely worked, and when he did, he would drink his wages.
Frank tells his tale with surprising forgiveness and compassion, whilst throwing in a little humor for good measure. This is a story of survival of an era passed, in 1930′s Ireland.
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6. Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eban Alexander
Apparently, near death experiences aren’t real, according to scientists. However one Neurosurgeon, Eban Alexander thinks otherwise. He had studied people’s brains and said that a nearth death experience was just an illusion and were fantasies from when the brain was exposed to extreme stress.
This all changed when Dr Eban’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness which shut down the part of the brain which controls thought and emotion, leaving him in a coma for several days.
In this time, Eban claims he ventured from this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There, he claims he spoke with the divine source of the universe itself.
Now is this an illusionists tale or something else? I will let you be the judge of that. I can say however, reading this autobiographical account will change your life.
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7. Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
This is a historical narrative surrounding the events which led to the assaination of the President of the United States John F. Kennedy.
John F. Kennedy gained some formidable enemies along the road to being President, which left him in a vulnerable position. In addition to that, powerful organized crime had begun talking about taking down John F. Kennedy and his brother the Attorney General, Robert Kennedy. It was not looking good for them both.
In the midst of a campaign trip to Texas in 1963, he was gunned down by a drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald who escaped the scene, and was then later captured and shot dead in police custody.
This was the most notorious crime of the twentieth century, and is one of the most talked about books of the year.
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8. Not Without My Sister: The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed by Those They Trusted by Kristina Jones
A devastating account of 3 young sisters torn apart, abused and exploited at the hands of their guardians. This an autobiography written by 3 people, which had lived separate lives which were entwined together, and which in the end brought them back together.
They were treated as sexual beings in the cult known as the “Children of God” and were made to watch and mimic orgies. They were denied formal school and were beaten for committing crimes such as reading an encyclopedia. Can you imagine the horror?
These sisters were lucky enough to escape the clutches of these horrible people and are now safe, but have been left feeling (as you would) depressed, worn out and suicidal.
They are beginning the journey of freeing themselves from their unforgivable past.
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9. Bossypants by Tina Fey
An autobiography of the comedian Tina Fey, in which she explains the story of her accent into comedy. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night live she reveals all and proves what we all suspected.
You’re no one until someone calls you Bossy.
This book contains many laughs and will keep you hooked. It will make you think about your own problems in life and how, realistically, everyone has them, and that they can be made into funny things which makes them seem trivial.
There are many life lessons to be learned from Tina Fey with a dollop of comedy on top which makes it both entertaining and serious at the same time.
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10. American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
Extremely powerful autobiography of a Sniper of the US military named Chris Kyle who currently holds the record for most confirmed kills, standing at a total of 150.
Chris Kyle’s career, spanning over a decade, is one of the most remarkable career’s in US history. He has seen multiple combat tours in Iraq including Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Chris Kyle talks about how he went from Texas rodeo cowboy to becoming one of the most feared assassins in the world. This gives an illuminating glimpse into the secret world of Special Ops.
If you like autobiographies about people who have been to war and seen things from a different perspective, then this is certainly a must read!