2020’s Best Biographies Spanned Centuries and Explored Vital Figures

This year's finest biographies brought fresh insight to previously trodden lives and uncovered those that history has forgotten.

best biographies 2020
2020 best biographies

You Never Forget Your First

By Alexis Coe

best biographies 2020

His Truth Is Marching On

By Jon Mecham

best biographies 2020

Yellow Bird

By Sierra Crane Murdoch

best biographies 2020

Paper Bullets

By Jeffrey H. Jackson

best biographies 2020

The Zealot and the Emancipator

By H.W. Brands

best biographies 2020

Philip and Alexander

By Adrian Goldsworthy

best biographies 2020

The Saddest Words

By Michael Gorra

best biographies 2020

God's Shadow

By Alan Mikhail

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Lady Romeo

By Tana Wojczuk

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An Unconventional Wife

By Mary Hoban

best biographies 2020

The Other Madisons

By Bettye Kearse

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An Unladylike Profession

By Chris Dobbs

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The Price of Peace

By Zachary D. Carter