Looking for inspiring autobiographies of sucessful people
April 19, 2013 6:16 AM   Subscribe

I'd like them to be gripping and entertaining as well. As in, I could read them before going to bed without falling asleep out of boredom. Focus on successful entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists.
posted by spacefire to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T.E. Lawrence.

I found it fascinating. For one thing, I found that the movie ("Lawrence of Arabia") wasn't very accurate.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:50 AM on April 19, 2013

Not an inventor or scientist, but I'd still encourage you to read the extraordinary Portrait Of Myself by the photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White — many of her insights on creativity and flexibility and organizing her life and career should cross-apply, and it's absolutely full of incredible stories.
posted by you're a kitty! at 10:34 AM on April 19, 2013

I found My Life in France, Julia Child's autobiography incredibly inspiring. The minute I finished it, I had the desire to read it again right away. She began her career later in life and it took her a very long time to put Mastering the Art of French Cooking together. An amazing story.
posted by brookeb at 12:50 PM on April 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

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