175 Essential Biographies

Fascinating life stories, inspirational lessons, and pitfalls to avoid, there's plenty to be gained from biographies.
Here is a selection from the across the globe and throughout the ages.
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If This Is a Man - Primo Levi
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The Drowned and the Saved
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Long Walk to Freedom
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Anne Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
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Prozac Nation (Elizabeth Wurtzel)
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Long Way Gone
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir (Jenny Lawson)
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Message From an Unknown Chinese Mother (Xinran)
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Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris)
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The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth (Col. Chris Hadfield)
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Your Voice in My Head (Emma Forrest)
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Primary Colors (Joe Klein)
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Goodbye to All That
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The Life of Samuel Johnson (James Boswell)
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De Profundis (Oscar Wilde)
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Letters to a Young Poet (Rainer Maria Rilke)
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The Autobiography of Alice B. Tokias by Gertrude Stein
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Diaries- Alan Clark
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Testament of Youth (Vera Brittain)
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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal
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My Family and Other Animals
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Homage to Catalonia (George Orwell)
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Wild
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Wild Swans by Jung Chang
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Octavia Butler (Octavia Butler)
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The Lives of the Artists - Giorgio Vasari
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Walden (Henry David Thoreau)
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Persepolis
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The Year of Magical Thinking
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Tuesdays With Morrie
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Plutarch--Moralia
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Totto-Chan
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Eleanor Roosevelt
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Empire State of Mind: Jay-Z's Journey From Street Corner to Corner Office
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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave
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Autobiography of a Face
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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (Robert K. Massie)
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