Top 20 Best Autobiography & Biography Books of all time - Must Read It

The importance of an autobiography is that it gives you a first-hand account into the life of the person you are reading about, and to give you a better insight and understanding into how their experiences and their hard work have shaped them as a person they became. In other words, an autobiography or biography of your ideal whom you admire helps you to know about him in-depth. We all should read an autobiography/biography book of any great personality at least once because these books are the best guides that will help you to shape and enhance your personality and your professional life in a better way. By reading these books you will also get different ideas about how to come out of any problem, how to fight and overcome depression or hypertension.

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So in this article, we have listed some best autobiography books and biography books of great legends and wonderful personality from India like an autobiography of Mother Teresa, wings of fire(an autobiography of Abdul Kalam), a biography of the great poet Rabindra Nath Tagore, the autobiography of the father of the nation(India) Mahatma Gandhi (history of my experiments with truth) is the best seller book, the autobiography of a yogi is also a wonderful book. The above-mentioned books are all must-read autobiographies and buying these books is very worthy.

Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of Abdul Kalam by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam & Arun Tiwari 

Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of Abdul Kalam


The ‘Wings of Fire’ is an best autobiography books of visionary scientist Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who from very humble beginnings rose to be one of the greatest scientists first and then became the President of India. The book is full of insights, ups, and downs that he faced in the path of becoming successful and life experiences of honorable Late Dr. Kalam. This book gives us an understanding of his journey of success.

Late Dr. Kalam by narrating the journey of his life evokes the reader to identify their inner fire and potential, that are essential for achieving goals He believed that each one of us was born with the strength and potential to make a change in the world. He narrated very nicely that how he inspired himself to achieve dreams

This book is the collection of many stories from childhood, memories from his school, and college. The time spent at the Langley Research Center, NASA, and Wallops Flight Facility is the best part of this book.
In the path of becoming successful, there are many obstacles that we have to face.Dr. kalam too had to face these obstacles. The time when he lost his father.the time when he conferred with awards like the Padma Bhushan. He has explained all his feelings in detail.

The second part of this book deals with Dr. Kalam, who became one of the greatest scientists. He made a significant contribution to developing the countries guided missile program, he did a great effort in enhancing the security of the nation. He was nicknamed as the ‘Missile Man of India’

Chanakya Neeti with Sutras of Chanakya by B.K. Chaturvedi

Chanakya Neeti with Sutras of Chanakya


Chanakya Neeti is a book based on the life of Chanakya, he was an Indian theorist, teacher, philosopher, economist and a noble mentor to the Mauryan emperors in the era of 350 -275 BC. The book portrays his ideologies and ideas in diverse situations, which can be used even in today’s times. People use his ideas in their life to escape from the web of several enemies and to lead a happy and peaceful life. Chanakya was also known by the other name Kautilya or Vishnu Gupta.

He was also a prominent lecturer at the ancient Takshashila University. He was an expert in economics and political science. Besides teaching, he also played a crucial role in the establishment and expansion of the Mauryan Empire. It is best selling in best autobiography books category.

The book comprises of Neeti Sutras in Sanskrit, which are in a concise form but are very impressive. Their translation is also done in English and a bit is explained in laymen’s terms too.

Mahatma Gandhi Autobiography: The Story Of My Experiments With Truth by Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi Autobiography: The Story Of My Experiments With Truth by Mahatma Gandhi - Best Autobiography Books


This wonderful autobiography “The Story of My Experiments with Truth”, beautifully portrays the workings of Mahatma Gandhi’s mind its a window to the emotions of his heart and an understanding of what drove this ordinary-looking man to the heights of being “the father of the nation – India.”

This book is a collection of his memories from his starting days as an ordinary boy, going through child marriage, his studies in England, practicing Law in South Africa, and his Satyagraha movement and also about the early beginnings of the Independence movement in India.
His main motive was to share the experience of his various experiments with truth to arrive at what he perceived as Absolute Truth. This book is another bestselling all time book in best autobiography books.

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda


The book “Autobiography of a Yogi” is an immensely gratifying and spiritual book that has enriched the lives of millions across the globe. This book is best for all those who believe in god

This book is the collection of the story of Paramhansa Yogananda, it also has memorable, incisive and instructive teachings.

This spiritual autobiography will take you on an incredible and beautiful journey of Indian mysticism and spirituality and delivering humble, comforting, and surprising truths about life and existence

Mind Master: Winning Lessons from a Champion’s Life by Viswanathan Anand , Susan Ninan 

Mind Master: Winning Lessons from a Champion's Life by Viswanathan Anand , Susan Ninan - Best Autobiography Books


This book is an autobiography of the chess champion Mr Viswanathan Anand This book comprises the moments from his childhood when he learnt to move pieces on a chessboard as a six-year-old, Vishy (nickname)and then how he racked up innumerable accolades. He was the first World Chess Champion from Asia, he emerged onto the world stage when chess was largely a Soviet preserve,

He then became world No. 1 chess player, after that he never stopped and never looked back he bagged five world championship titles and won tournaments. He is a real ambassador of the sport like no other

In his book, Anand touches upon the topics like characteristic wit, easy wisdom and disarming candor in Mind Master – a delightful and invaluable exploration into the self
This book will surely be going to thrill, inspire, and motivate readers.

Narendra Modi: A Political Biography by Andy Marino  

Narendra Modi: A Political Biography by Andy Marino - Best Autobiography Books


The Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Damodardas Modi played a crucial role for the powerful victory for his party, he has spoken at so many meetings and rallies.

He is a great orator and a mysterious man that is why he has acquired a global profile. he is the visionary, decisive leader that India needs today. His haters see him as a polarizing figure.
Andy Marino recorded so many interviews with Narendra Damodardas Modi during more than half-a-dozen exclusive meetings in his book. The book captures all the moments from the controversies that have dogged Modi, including the Gujarat riots and questions about the Gujarat model of governance.

The author also wonderfully portrayed his personal life and the period when our honorable prime minister was facing so many difficulties. Modi’s early life, his wanderings in the Himalayas between the ages of 17-18, his rise through the political ranks, his beautiful vision for India and his personal philosophy on religion and politics are revealed in this book. This revised and updated edition includes a detailed account of Modi’s intense campaigning and the run-up to the sixteenth Lok Sabha elections, and the spectacular BJP-led NDA victory with 282 and 336 seats respectively.

Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel India’s Iron Man by Balraj Krishna 

Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel India's Iron Man by Balraj Krishna


This biography of late Mr. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is a wonderful and vivid narration of his unique contribution to Mahatma Gandhi’s struggle for India’s freedom. He is also known as the ‘Iron Man of India‘.

He played a major role in building the party machine by imposing strict discipline, and as being the party’s boss. As he supervised and directed the functioning of the Congress ministries post-1937 provincial elections. This book is the collection of the moments from 1945 during India’s freedom. And also marked his growing disillusionment with his own party in the failure of the Cabinet Mission parleys.

The history of the Gandhian era was very difficult to understand unless Patel is appreciated for what he did and achieved for India. This book is all about his struggles that he did along with Gandhi Ji for India’s freedom. It is another bestselling book in best autobiography books category.

Mother Teresa: An Authorized Biography by Kathryn Spink  


In this new biography of Mother Teresa, readers will follow Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu from her humble Albanian birth to worldwide celebrity as Mother Teresa. The nun who only worked for the needy people she met so many dying and diseased people and saved their lives and then she established her Missionaries of Charity around the world

With her beautiful vision to live and work for the ‘poorest of the poor’ was founded a new order that tended to society’s outcasts. This narrative chronicles the expansion and success of Mother Teresa’s order and the eventual recognition that was showered on her efforts.

This increasing attention and success led to criticism of her ideology, methods of care, and financing. Readers will be challenged to consider for themselves whether she(Mother Teresa)deserves to be sainted.

Swami Vivekananda: A Biography by Swami Vivekananda 

Swami Vivekananda: A Biography by Swami Vivekananda - Best Autobiography Books


Swami Vivekananda, one of the most famous personalities from India. He was a Hindu monk and chief disciple of the era of the 19th-century. He played a major role in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. And the credit for raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century all goes to him.

He was the key figure in the revival of Hinduism in India and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India. He founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. Swami Vivekananda is best known for his inspiring and motivational speeches.

He conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes in the U.S., England, and Europe. In India, Vivekananda is remembered as a patriotic saint and Indians celebrate his birthday as National Youth Day.

The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru 

The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru - Best Autobiography Books


The former Prime Minister Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru wrote this book ‘The Discovery of India’, during his imprisonment at Ahmednagar fort for participating in the most famous movement known as Quit India Movement (1942 – 1946). He wrote this book during his four years of confinement to solitude in prison

This book begins with ancient history, Nehru wrote in detail about Vedas, Upanishads, and textbooks on ancient time and ends his book with British raj. The book is a collection of Indian history, culture, and philosophy. The book is considered as one of the finest and ideal ones on writing on Indian History. “Bharat Ek Khoj” one of the popular Indian television serial which was released in 1988 was based on his book.

An Autobiography by Jawaharlal Nehru 

An Autobiography by Jawaharlal Nehru - Best Autobiography Books


An autobiography written by the former Prime Minister of India Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru this book contains the immeasurable moral and ethical scope. He wrote this book in prison between 1934 and 1935. It paints a vivid and amazing picture of the pre-Independence era in India. The period when the air of dissension was at an all-time high.

Along with this he simultaneously introduced Nehru’s ancestral history and depicted the political realization of an upcoming giant of a nation and the battle for India’s freedom.

Why I am an Atheist and Other Works by Bhagat Singh 

Why I am an Atheist and Other Works by Bhagat Singh


This wonderful biography book of the great freedom fighter was written by Vikram Singh. He said that Writing this novel is a natural occurrence for him.he further said that, such an idea was awakened by the mere idea of ​​Bhagat Singh’s consciousness. Which made him live without alarm for several months every day.

Bhagat Singh was a great person who continued to run with such inspiration for many years. He was a very good person and had a passionate personality
He became an influential organizer and a great freedom fighter. Bhagat Singh had always shown it not just by saying but also by doing it.

Rabindranath Tagore: A Biography


Rabindranath Tagore (1861 1941) is more famous as a poet and literature today. Only some people know about the efforts that he put in the field of education and rural reconstruction. He always loved the people of his country(India) and that is why he always worked for the upliftment of the rights of the rural poor to dignity and social justice. He also gave the last forty years of his life towards creating Visva-Bharati (an institution in rural Bengal, envisioned at the time as an Indian education alternative to colonial education).

This brief biography will paint the history of Visva-Bharati along with relatively lesser-known facts about his life in your mind, like his work as an educator and rural reformer. This biography also includes an appendix of selected letters by him. This is best seller book in best autobiography books category

Becoming: Now a Major Netflix Documentary by Michelle Obama 

Becoming: Now a Major Netflix Documentary by Michelle Obama


Michelle Obama is the former first lady of the U.S.A.She has emerged as one of the most iconic and powerful women of our era.

As First Lady of the USA (she also became the first African-American to serve in that role) she helped her husband(Mr.Barack Obama) in shaping and creating a wonderful nation that it is today, she also established herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and also around the globe. She worked for making a healthier environment in the US and she also supported and stood with her husband as he led America through some of its most difficult moments

Michelle Obama through her book invites readers into her world, the experiences that have shaped her-from her childhood till she became the first lady of the US and also a wonderful advocate. She described her full story very honestly about her happy days and her difficult journey both public and private, in her own words

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb - Best Autobiography Books


Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist and a noble prize winner in peace(2014). When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, Malala was the only girl who fought for her right to an education. but when she raised her voice for the right to an education she was shot in the head at point-blank range by a Talibani.
Malala Yousafzai has an extraordinary and difficult journey. Her extraordinary efforts and her bravery have only taken her from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations. She also becomes the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela  


Another best autobiography books ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ by Nelson Mandela(former President of South Africa) is a book of an anti-apartheid revolutionary, philanthropist and political leader of our time Mr. Nelson Mandela, This book very perfectly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped in shaping Nelson Mandela’s destiny. Long walk to freedom is the exhilarating and thrilling story of an epic life; this book contains the story of his hardships, his struggles, and ultimate triumph told with the clarity

‘Mandela along with few great political leaders such as Lincoln and Gandhi, worked very hard to get freedom. The authentic voice of Nelson Mandela shines through this book and burns with the luminosity of faith

Dreams From My Father (Canons) by Barack Obama

Dreams From My Father (Canons) by Barack Obama - best autobiography books


This book is an autobiography of the former President of the US Mr. Barack Obama .”Dreams from my father” is an international bestseller that has sold over a million copies in the UK. This book is a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking big questions about identity and belonging.

Mr. Barack Obama was the son of a black African father and a white American mother, President Obama recounts an emotional journey of his life. He also narrates the story about the migration of his mother’s family from Kansas to Hawaii, then to his childhood home in Indonesia. then finally he travels to Kenya, where he confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

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