“A Great Book Begins with an Idea; A Great Life, with a Determination” – 10 of the Best American Biographies of All Time

There’s no shortage of amazing stories about amazing people. But this list is about the American ones in particular. You might as well just go ahead and add these biographies to your list of what books to read next. You won’t be disappointed. Happy reading!

Into the Wild

Jon Krakauer, 1996

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In April 1992, John Krakauer went to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car possessions, burned all his cash, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, a party of moose hunters found his decomposed body. How he came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. His story is both beautiful and tragic.
The memorable book is an international bestseller which has been printed in 30 languages and 173 editions and formats. The book is widely used as a high school and college reading curriculum.

“Happiness is only real when shared.” – Jon Krakauer

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