My four-year-old is as obsessed with Hamilton as I am. He is full of Alexander Hamilton facts and keeps sing "Oceans rise, empires faaaaaaall" with Broadway gestures. We need some high-quality Founding Father (and/or Mother!) children's books! Obviously the big gets are the guys from the musical: Hamilton, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. But we will also accept Franklin, Jay, lesser founders, and assorted wives and girlfriends. And I suppose Aaron Burr, sir. [more inside]
Tell me the history books you've read that you could not put down. History of just about anything, but especially historically significant people, say, before WWI. [more inside]
I'm looking to read about the interesting, fascinating, and crazy lives people have lived. Any recommendations for biographies of people that have led fascinating lives?
I'm neck deep in writing an academic book at the moment, and on the worst days I lose the will to live. To dislodge myself from the daily temptation to nuke the whole manuscript, slit my wrists and be done with it all, I've been trying to keep motivated by reading good accounts of the life of writers. I would love recommendations! Details inside. [more inside]
I am looking for something in the area of science biography. Particularly, I enjoy reading about the inner lives of great minds. I'm not really interested in gossipy type info, but more about the personal growth and development of the scientist him/herself that paralleled their work. [more inside]
Can you recommend any well regarded biographies where the subject dies long before the end of the book? (The latter half of the book could be focused on the reaction to their death, an examination of the impact of their ideas or work over the following decades, etc.)
Recommend to me biographies/histories of the Borgia Pope and family? [more inside]
Looking for more memoirs from scientists, along the lines of Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, Robert Sopolsky's A Primate's Memoir, and Daniel Everett's Don't Sleep There Are Snakes. [more inside]
I like first-person accounts of intellectual/professional adventure. What should I be reading? [more inside]
How did reading a biography learn you a valuable lesson, help you gain a crucial insight, change your worldview or impact you in some other, non-trivial way? [more inside]
Loved Bossypants by Tina Fey! Looking for more comedic autobiographies (bonus points if the audio version is read by the author).
Recommend some good books about bikes? [more inside]
I have been enjoying reading memoirs lately and would like some suggestions for more books I might enjoy. [more inside]
Recommend some books about the history of 17th, 18th and 19th century science. [more inside]
I would like to read a biography of Emily Dickinson. Do you know of a well written, not too highly academic one? [more inside]
Looking for books written by someone who lived a normal stable life and due to a tragic unexpected event beyond their control, their life was turned upside down. [more inside]
Looking for biographies of scientists or mathematicians. [more inside]
What are some fantastic books and documentaries on the history of punk music? Basically, the type of music in this thread with an emphasis on Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Fugazi, and Bad Brains. I already have Rip It Up And Start Again, Our Band Could Be Your Life, Get In The Van, and Instrument.
Can anyone recommend a good biography of United States president William Henry Harrison? [more inside]
Any good books about extreme sports? [more inside]
I like biographies of ordinary/non-famous people with interesting stories to tell, or stories from before they became notable. Can anyone recommend any? [more inside]
Please suggest movies, TV shows and books that feature unrepentant, amoral characters [more inside]
What are the best Old Hollywood (auto)biographies? [more inside]
Good biographies or autobiographies about First Ladies? [more inside]
Has anyone written a good biography of Robert Smith?
I'm interested in reading more fun books, written in 1945 or earlier, which clearly set themselves in the time and place that they were written. Examples include Anne of Green Gables, Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, Pride & Prejudice, and China to Me. [more inside]
I've really enjoyed reading 'Memo from David O. Selznick' - can anyone suggest something in a similar line ? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good book about Atatürk? [more inside]
Sports Bio Recomendations. [more inside]
Help me find a good monograph or two about Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci. [more inside]
Help me create a comprehensive reading list on American history [more inside]
I want to read great biographies. Which are the best? [more inside]