The 16 Best Autobiographies To Change Your View of History

These unbelievable stories stretch beyond the pages of your average history book.

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Marita: The Spy Who Loved Castro

By Marita Lorenz


Fragments of Isabella

By Isabella Leitner


Among the White Moon Faces

By Shirley Geok-lin Lim


Hitler's Last Secretary

By Traudl Junge


12, 20 & 5

By John A. Parrish


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

By Frederick Douglass


The White Album

By Joan Didion


How I Became Hettie Jones

By Hettie Jones


A Moment of War

By Laurie Lee


England to Me

By Emily Hahn

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A Long Way Gone

By Ishmael Beah

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Man Enough to Be a Woman

By Jayne County

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Brown Girl Dreaming

By Jacqueline Woodson

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Spirit Run

By Noé Álvarez

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All But My Life

By Gerda Weissmann Klein

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First They Killed My Father

By Loung Ung

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Born a Crime

By Trevor Noah