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Had to add that little proviso, because otherwise my list might be a little.... odd.
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Well, I dont have individual people that I have read multiple biographies on, except for a few whom I wrote reports on in college and needed multiple sources. Although, I have read most biographies written on Reagan. Other than that my favorite biographies that I have read are ones on Hitler, Joseph Pulitzer and Abraham Lincoln.
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Eleanor of Acquitaine
Henry VIII and his court
Abe Lincoln (it's the bicentennial of his birth!)
Mary, Queen of Scots
I also love anything to do with medieval figures from England, France, and Italy. They don't have to be famous (or infamous!)
Have you read The Trials of Mrs. Lincoln? Not sure who wrote it, I would have to look it up. It was a really interesting book about how she was treated after Lincoln was assasinated.
Since I love reading Historical novels by John Jakes there are many I like reading about.
1. Jesus Christ
2. Abraham Lincoln
3. George Washington
4. Buffalo Bill
5. Any Civil War Hero
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My top 5 figures of history to read about, in chronological order:
1: Alexander the Great
2: Julius Caesar
3: Thomas Jefferson
4: Abraham Lincoln
5: Winston Churchill
Reading more than one account of anyone is always a good idea. Someone posted that he had read many accounts of Reagan, but I bet he hated the one I thought best, by Lou Cannon. I looked for a balanced account of Eisenhower, and a friend loaned me Steven Ambrose's book. Very odd. Ambrose tells in the preface what a great man he thought Eisenhower was. Then for four or five hundred pages of balanced and well-documented work, he shows the good and the bad. In other words, he demonstrated clearly that Eisenhower was mediocre in all respects and as President, the farthest thing from a leader. Then at the very end, he states, he doesn't care, Eisenhower was a great man in all respects.Almost funny.
I would like to read a reasonably balanced account of Theodore Roosevelt. Does anyone know of one?
Most fascinating figure: In our time, MLK, also the greatest man of our time in my estimation. In earlier times, Jefferson. Such a complex man; so much good intertwined with so much not so savory.
There are a couple of people that I like reading about
The Romanov family
But mostly it is general time frames that interest me ie Hitler's Germany so I love reading about Nazi's, Holocaust survivor stories, bio's from German's who lived under Nazi rule as well as Poles, Russians etc. I also like reading about the antebellum south and slavery, civil war, reconstruction eras as well as the civil rights movement in the 50's and 60's in the American south.