5 Inspiring Autobiographies That Should Be On Your Must-read List

Fiction may be the gateway into a whole new world, but autobiographies are a gateway into great souls. There are so many brilliant stories that deserve to be told – ones of vulnerability, adversities, missions, visions, resilience, and triumph – and these are life-changing, compelling ones that touch us in an indescribable way.

Here’s a list of 5 such inspiring autobiographies that we think you must read at least once. 

Anne Frank | Diary of A Young Girl 

Anne Frank Book

Anne Frank received a diary as a gift for her 13th birthday when the world around her was crumbling, owing to World War II. Even though everything seemed apocalyptic, Anne liked to record every single moment she spent holed up with her mother and sister in a brave and optimistic manner. Until the very end, she held her ideals close to her heart and her insights, to this day, are cherished by the world through her words in The Diary of a Young Girl. 

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Nelson Mandela | Long Walk to Freedom 

Long Walk to Freedom Book

A Nobel Peace Prize winner, a philanthropist, an anti-apartheid revolutionary and former president of South Africa – Nelson Mandela changed the world for the better. Mandela’s autobiography – Long Walk to Freedom encapsulates and chronicles his life’s battles and the 27 long years he spent behind bars in South Africa’s prison. It flawlessly celebrates the glimmer of humanity and the triumph of love over hate. A must-read, indeed. 

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Manal Al-Sharif | Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening 

Daring To Drive Book

We’ve all heard about the social activism act that won women in Saudi the right to drive – now meet the woman behind this gallantry. Manal Al-Sharif was just an ordinary girl who grew up behind the curtain of radical religious views but through a series of events in her life, became a woke, eye-opening woman who wasn’t afraid to voice the hypocrisy she endured. Daring to Drive throws light on Al-Sharif’s life as an activist who not only gave women a new voice but challenged the status-quo and valiantly fought for equal opportunities for women. 

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Maya Angelou | I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings 

I know why the caged bird sings book

Maya Angelou endured trauma when she was so young, she couldn’t even spell the world. Having swept the world off its feet with her talent for words and her heart-wrenching life story, Maya Angelou has proved that in adversity you can grow and when everything fails, art never does. From being raped at the age of eight to becoming a selective mute to finally overcoming her endless hurdles and becoming one of the greatest literary voices the world has ever seen – she has hidden hope and inspiration within the pages of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. 

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APJ Abdul Kalam | Wings of Fire 

Wings of Fire Book

One of the greatest spirits India has ever encountered – APJ Abdul Kalam was a man of many virtues. Bharat Ratna awardee, defence scientist and former president of India – Kalam came from humble beginnings but launched himself into a series of wondrous accomplishments that nobody can forget – neither on earth nor in space. His potential for innovation and dynamism enabled him to do wonders as the chief of India’s defence research and development programme and has been the figure behind India’s first satellite – ‘Rohini’, and development of five different missiles – Prithvi, Agni, Trishul, Akash and Nag, which earned him the title of ‘Missile Man’. A saga of science blended with politics and resilience; Wings of Fire is an unmissable read. 

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