Ok, so I have a few weeks a month tops before my next semester of college starts. I want to take some of the extra time this will allot me to invest in reading some biographies of great men....the problem is I'm not sure where to start exactly. I'm looking for suggestions that will be inspirational. Any suggestions?

Views: 906

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Sir Ranulph Fiennes - Mad,Bad and Dangerous to know.

 

Really good read.

Suetonius' biographies of the emperors will give you a nice tabloid read of the Roman rulers.

Joseph Ellis' biography of Thomas Jefferson is really good. Particularly the introduction on the legacy of Thomas Jefferson in America. However, the author has been accused of unethical behavior in his research.

 

I think in general though, we should question the worth of Great Man History. Seems like a 19th century fad.

Churchill's Marlborough has a claim to being the best history written in the 20th century. Also, I found his autobiography, My early life, quite interesting, because it shows how the man emerged from the Victorian society. It closes with Churchill's entrance in Parliament & his small part in the end of that world.

Inspirational in what direction: science, art, math, military, politics, philosophy, religion, insert-field-of-interest-here?

I'd suggest select a field of interest first. Then see who the movers and shakers are in that niche and pick one who seems particularly interesting to you.

A good method!

Crow Killer: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnston

A Full Cup: Sir Thomas Lipton's Extraordinary Life.....

McCullough's John Adams is great.

 

JB

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Right now I would say inspirational in the area of business is what I am looking for.

Then Def check out A Full Cup...

The guy built an empire from some pocket lint, elbow grease and common sense.

Ford & Carnegie have autobiographies you might want to read-

I think i'm going to try and find those Ford and Carnegie autobiographies! Sounds interesting...with owning my own business and some other business opportunities out on the table I could use some inspiration in that vein. 

RSS

Latest Activity

Regular Joe replied to John Muir's discussion Bulk Shopping For Staples
"My father in law is a frugal (literal) mathematician. Shopping with him is awesome. "
4 minutes ago
Native Son replied to Andrew D, USA Ret's discussion Militias, politics, anti-2nd amendment hysteria and the Bundy issue in the group The Great Debate
"Since some on this thread love splitting hairs, it actually was Nevada ceding any claim to federally owned public lands and it happened 150 years ago.  "
4 minutes ago
Regular Joe replied to John Muir's discussion Bulk Shopping For Staples
"I bought one of the sampler packs for men and one for women. Dorco said each pack would last at least a year. I'm at a year and almost three months now and still have plenty of blades and disposables from that same pack. So, for more or less…"
5 minutes ago
Elliott George replied to Noah's discussion People that inspired me: Chuck Ragan and Ken Casey
"I am really inspired by Peter Mattheissen. He was a Zen Master, writer, and environmentalist. I first read his book about the Everglades, _Shadows Country_, and my mind was blown by how much research he did and how incredibly well-written it…"
7 minutes ago
Regular Joe replied to John Muir's discussion Bulk Shopping For Staples
"There are loads of variations. This is just my humble opinion but I feel like the Lebanese do it best. If you can get a Lebanese recipe, give it a shot.  And you're right; it's less about the ingredients and more about the sequence,…"
7 minutes ago
John Muir replied to Andrew D, USA Ret's discussion Militias, politics, anti-2nd amendment hysteria and the Bundy issue in the group The Great Debate
"Well, I'd just hate for anyone to think that dude Bundy riding around on a horse waving an American Flag, saying he doesn't recognize the federal government the flag symbolizes couldn't buy  cheap, high quality federally…"
8 minutes ago
Regular Joe replied to John Muir's discussion Bulk Shopping For Staples
"SERIOUSLY bad. Hummus should be smooth and creamy. "
9 minutes ago
Regular Joe replied to John Muir's discussion Bulk Shopping For Staples
"If they made it too obvious that it's a Middle Eastern food then 'Muricans would feel obligated to boycott it or rename it freedom dip or something. "
10 minutes ago

© 2014   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service