The Best Biographies of 2018: Redefining Modern and Historical Lives

From 1769 to 1993, the subjects of these biographies changed lives and the world.

best biographies 2018
best biographies 2018

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

By Victoria Johnson

best biographies 2018

Churchill: Walking with Destiny

By Andrew Roberts

best biographies 2018

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

By David W. Blight

best biographies 2018

Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948

By Ramachandra Guha

best biographies 2018

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

By Imani Perry

best biographies 2018

Arthur Ashe: A Life

By Raymond Arsenault

best biographies 2018

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"

By Zora Neale Hurston

best biographies 2018

The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam

By Max Boot

best biographies 2018

Reagan: An American Journey

By Bob Spitz

best biographies 2018

Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World

By Andrea Barnet