Autobiographies are inspirational and motivational for some while for some they prove to be an interesting read. Nevertheless, autobiographies are definitely read and preferred by large number of readers across the world. Below is a listing of 5 must read autobiographies while the acutal list could be actually quite long and personal to a great extent.
Running My Life – The Autobiography by Seb Coe
The personal story of Seb Coe and how is reached where he stands today is truly inspirational and moving. Full of anecdotes and actual experiences, Running My Life provides and interesting account of how Seb Coe under the tutelage of his father trained to become the best middle distance runner of his time. Having to his credit 12 world records, Seb is the only player to rank first in Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 in the 1500 metres race. Knighted as Rt. Hon. The Lord Coe, he sums up his autobiography with “I’m not ready to slow down yet.”, which shows his active life style and zest to live.
Iacocca: An Autobiography by Lee Iacocca
Iacocca: An Autobiography by Lee Iacocca and William Novak was one of the best selling non-fiction books for two consecutive years 1984 and 1985. Lee, son of an Italian immigrant speaks of his education, his employment at Ford followed by his association with Henry Ford II, his tryst with Chrsyler and how he restructured it into a flourishing profit making enterprise. The final part of the book speaks of how the industry faces bottlenecks due to American law, increasing labour costs, stiff competition from Japan and how Americans can override them all.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, a very popular book of the 20th century recounts the life experiences of a young holocaust survivor gone hiding in Amsterdam along with another family in an attic. What began as a daily diary in which Anne relates her experiences, feelings and much more to her imaginary set of friends which later on become just one special friend, Kitty saw the light of the day when Dutch Government wished to collect eye witness account of the horrific German occupation for public knowledge.
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda aka Mukunda Lal Ghosh is considered to be one of the best guides towards realization of God and Eastern spiritual thoughts and beliefs. Printed for more than six decades and translated in nearly 29 languages does speak of its valuable impact across the world. A must read for those who wish to understand the meaning of life for it has been rated as one the most important spiritual books of the 20th century.
Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography was published in 2011. The book is a first person account of an Australian journalist who has been credited with circulating raw news, non doctored information – most of it revealing and stating the bare facts of most sensational events to the public. This unauthorized biography provides a vivid account of his birth, childhood along with his life as a computer hacker and a dedicated investigative journalist. Through his book, he also puts forth his version of sexual allegations levied against him in Sweden. Ghost written by Scottish author Andrew O’Hagan, this book was published without the prior approval of Julian Assange.