The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Biographies and Autobiographies

We are looking for biographies and autobiographies that depict lives worth emulating in a compelling manner, that are accurate and accessible, that and that raise important ethical questions. Please help us build our list by sending your recommendations and comments on those that have been made to Here are a few we have received so far:

Abelard, Peter The Story of Abelard's Adversities

Al-Ghazzali, The Deliverance from Error

Avicenna, Autobiography

Bainton, Roland, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther

Brookhiser, Richard, Alexander Hamilton, American

Brookhiser, Richard, Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington

Charnwood, Lord, Abraham Lincoln

Chesterton, G. K., St. Francis of Assisi

Cooper, Duff, Talleyrand

Douglass, Frederick, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass or Narrative

Franklin, Benjamin, Autobiography

Flexner, James Thomas, Washington: The Indispensable Man

McCullough, David, John Adams

Morgan, Edmund, The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop

Morgan, Edmund, Benjamin Franklin

Plutarch, Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

Plutarch, Lives of: Pericles, Cicero, Sertorius

Washington, Booker T., Up from Slavery

Wood, Gordon, Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different