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Subject: Your 5 favorite historical figures (to read about)
Date Posted: 2/10/2009 9:37 AM ET
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Had to add that little proviso, because otherwise my list might be a little.... odd.

  1. Augustus Caesar
  2. Queen Elizabeth
  3. Rasputin
  4. Jack the Ripper
  5. Abraham Lincoln

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Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 2/10/2009 2:31 PM ET
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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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Date Posted: 2/10/2009 7:10 PM ET
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Eleanor of Acquitaine

Henry VIII and his court

Abe Lincoln (it's the bicentennial of his birth!)

Richard III

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!)

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 5:48 PM ET
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Marie Antoinette, Eleanor of Acquitaine & Henry VIII (and his court).  I also like reading about events (multiple individuals) rather than just one person.

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 7:59 PM ET
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Ooh, great question! I like reading about:

Abraham Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln

Franklin Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Thomas Jefferson



Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 2/15/2009 10:17 PM ET
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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.


Date Posted: 2/16/2009 11:44 PM ET
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No, I haven't read that one! I've read a couple fictionalized bios of MTL that were pretty good, though. I'll have to track that one down, thanks for the tip, Kat! :-)

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 12:27 AM ET
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Recent historical people I have read about:


1. Jesus Christ

2. Charles Manson

3. Albert Einstein

4. Adolf Hitler

5. Osama Bin Laden

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 6:50 PM ET
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Ghenghis Khan

Attila the Hun

Bios of women during the Civil War

John Adams

Thomas Jefferson


Date Posted: 2/28/2009 11:26 PM ET
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  1. Eleanor of Aquitaine
  2. Richard the Lionheart
  3. Marie Antoinette
  4. Wars of the Roses
  5. Elizabeth I

Essentially anything from 1066 through the 2nd world war --lol!

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Date Posted: 3/1/2009 7:58 AM ET
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1. Seqoyia

2. Geronimo

3. Tecumsah

4. Wilma Mankiller

5. Martin Luther King

Not exactly in that order.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 12:33 AM ET
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These are not in any particular order:




The Soviet Dissidents

The Russian Tsars

Date Posted: 3/19/2009 4:52 PM ET
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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

Date Posted: 3/25/2009 12:54 PM ET
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Great Question!

In  no particular order:

Teddy Roosevelt

Abe Lincoln

The Medicis

Pope Julius

Winston Churchill


Date Posted: 4/2/2009 2:08 PM ET
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  1. The Romanovs
  2. Anne Boleyn
  3. Stalin
  4. Ivan the Terrible
  5. Peter the Great
Date Posted: 4/9/2009 9:37 PM ET
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Hi all!

This is my first post EVER on these forums.  Glad to meet your acquaintance!

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


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Eric, welcome to PBS.  Beware - this place is addictive.

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Welcome, Eric!

Subject: Five utterly fascinating ones
Date Posted: 4/16/2009 2:01 AM ET
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Bill Hickock,  Jim Bridger,  Hugh Glass,  Kit Carson, Yellowstone (Luther) Kelly

Subject: People to read about
Date Posted: 4/18/2009 2:14 PM ET
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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.

Subject: 5 favorite people to read about
Date Posted: 4/18/2009 7:08 PM ET
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George Washington

British Kings and Queens

Abraham Lincoln

John Kennedy

Robert Kennedy







Date Posted: 4/25/2009 1:34 AM ET
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1) Flavius Aetius

2) Cicero

3) Genghis Khan

4) Alexander Hamilton

5) Vespasian

* Honorable mention Stilicho and Ronald Reagan

Date Posted: 5/10/2009 4:35 PM ET
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Brian Boru

Michael Collins

Robert Kennedy

Eleanor Roosevelt

Maria Von Trapp


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Date Posted: 6/30/2009 12:17 AM ET
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* Henry VIII (really any of the Tudors)

* Elizabeth I

* All of Henry VIII wives

* Cleoparta VII

* Jack the Ripper

* Any Roman Emperor

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 9:54 PM ET
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There are a couple of people that I like reading about

Adolph Hitler

Abraham Lincoln

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.