List of Top 100 Biographies & Memoirs

List of Top 100 Biographies & Memoirs

Based on number of times the books are mentioned on Reddit

1. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard P. Feynman (Published in 1997 Mentioned 159 times)

2. Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben R. Rich (Published in 1996 Mentioned 151 times)

3. Self-Made Man: One Woman’s Year Disguised as a Man by Norah Vincent (Published in 2006 Mentioned 128 times)

4. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall (Published in 2011 Mentioned 117 times)

5. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson (Published in 2004 Mentioned 102 times)

6. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh (Published in 2017 Mentioned 99 times)

7. Aquinas (A Beginner’s Guide) by Edward Feser (Published in 2009 Mentioned 90 times)

8. On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (Published in 2010 Mentioned 80 times)

9. Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II — Updated Through 2003 by William Blum (Published in 2008 Mentioned 78 times)

10. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (Published in 2004 Mentioned 73 times)

11. Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden (Published in 2013 Mentioned 69 times)

12. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance (Published in 2015 Mentioned 67 times)

13. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford (Published in 2005 Mentioned 67 times)

14. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson (Published in 2012 Mentioned 63 times)

15. The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War by Thomas J. Dilorenzo (Published in 2003 Mentioned 63 times)

16. Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife (Published in 2000 Mentioned 58 times)

17. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks (Published in 1998 Mentioned 56 times)

18. Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics by William Dunham (Published in 1991 Mentioned 55 times)

19. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley (Published in 2010 Mentioned 54 times)

20. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (Published in 1999 Mentioned 54 times)

21. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Published in 2011 Mentioned 53 times)

22. Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets by Sudhir Venkatesh (Published in 2008 Mentioned 52 times)

23. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig (Published in 2006 Mentioned 50 times)

24. The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Cliff Stoll (Published in 2017 Mentioned 49 times)

25. If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer by O. J. Simpson (Published in 2008 Mentioned 49 times)

26. Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin (Published in 2009 Mentioned 48 times)

27. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich (Published in 2011 Mentioned 47 times)

28. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler (Published in 1998 Mentioned 46 times)

29. Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon (Published in 2006 Mentioned 46 times)

30. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro (Published in 1975 Mentioned 44 times)

31. Trump: The Art of the Comeback by Donald J. Trump (Published in 1997 Mentioned 43 times)

32. Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us by Robert D. Hare (Published in 1999 Mentioned 42 times)

33. Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources by Martin Lings (Published in 2006 Mentioned 41 times)

34. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (Published in 2011 Mentioned 41 times)

35. How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston (Published in 2012 Mentioned 41 times)

36. Emergency!: True Stories From The Nation’s ERs by Mark Brown (Published in 1997 Mentioned 39 times)

37. The Franklin Cover-up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska by John W. DeCamp (Published in 2011 Mentioned 39 times)

38. Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? Stopping the Roller Coaster When Someone You Love Has Attention Deficit Disorder by Gina Pera (Published in 2008 Mentioned 39 times)

39. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel (Published in 2007 Mentioned 38 times)

40. JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by James W. Douglass (Published in 2010 Mentioned 37 times)

41. One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market by Peter Lynch (Published in 2000 Mentioned 37 times)

42. Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills by Charles Henderson (Published in 1988 Mentioned 36 times)

43. End the Fed by Ron Paul (Published in 2009 Mentioned 36 times)

44. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Published in 2008 Mentioned 36 times)

45. Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.) by Anthony Bourdain (Published in 2007 Mentioned 35 times)

46. Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky (Published in 2010 Mentioned 35 times)

47. Tesla: Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney (Published in 2001 Mentioned 35 times)

48. Self-Made Man: One Woman’s Journey into Manhood and Back Again by Norah Vincent (Published in 2006 Mentioned 34 times)

49. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Modern Library Paperbacks) by Edmund Morris (Published in 2001 Mentioned 33 times)

50. Columbine by Dave Cullen (Published in 2010 Mentioned 33 times)

51. The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag by Chol-hwan Kang (Published in 2005 Mentioned 33 times)

52. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer (Published in 1999 Mentioned 32 times)

53. The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard (Published in 2006 Mentioned 32 times)

54. Solitary Fitness by Charlie Bronson (Published in 2007 Mentioned 31 times)

55. Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman (Published in 2011 Mentioned 31 times)

56. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien by J. R. R. Tolkien (Published in 2000 Mentioned 31 times)

57. Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil by Michael C. Ruppert (Published in 2004 Mentioned 31 times)

58. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson (Published in 2017 Mentioned 30 times)

59. Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle (Vintage Departures) by Daniel L. Everett (Published in 2009 Mentioned 30 times)

60. Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison (Published in 2008 Mentioned 30 times)

61. Among the Thugs by Bill Buford (Published in 1993 Mentioned 30 times)

62. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson (Published in 1998 Mentioned 30 times)

63. As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl by John Colapinto (Published in 2006 Mentioned 29 times)

64. “What Do You Care What Other People Think?”: Further Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman (Published in 2001 Mentioned 29 times)

65. Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond by Gene Kranz (Published in 2009 Mentioned 28 times)

66. Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram (Published in 2004 Mentioned 28 times)

67. Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson (Published in 2003 Mentioned 28 times)

68. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost (Published in 2004 Mentioned 28 times)

69. Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality by Brad Warner (Published in 2003 Mentioned 28 times)

70. The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer (Published in 2001 Mentioned 27 times)

71. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir (Vintage International) by Haruki Murakami (Published in 2009 Mentioned 27 times)

72. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf (Published in 2012 Mentioned 26 times)

73. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (Published in 2012 Mentioned 26 times)

74. The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World’s Greatest Philosophers by Will Durant (Published in 1991 Mentioned 26 times)

75. Wild Brews: Beer Beyond the Influence of Brewer’s Yeast by Jeff Sparrow (Published in 2005 Mentioned 26 times)

76. Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle (Published in 2007 Mentioned 26 times)

77. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer (Published in 2010 Mentioned 25 times)

78. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Published in 2013 Mentioned 25 times)

79. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (Published in 1997 Mentioned 25 times)

80. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (Published in 2001 Mentioned 25 times)

81. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard (Published in 2017 Mentioned 25 times)

82. The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul Hoffman (Published in 1998 Mentioned 25 times)

83. With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by E.B. Sledge (Published in 2007 Mentioned 25 times)

84. The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times And Ideas Of The Great Economic Thinkers, Seventh Edition by Robert L. Heilbroner (Published in 1999 Mentioned 24 times)

85. In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad by Tariq Ramadan (Published in 2009 Mentioned 24 times)

86. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore (Published in 2005 Mentioned 23 times)

87. Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman (Published in 2013 Mentioned 23 times)

88. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Published in 2007 Mentioned 23 times)

89. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer (Published in 2015 Mentioned 23 times)

90. No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War by Hiroo Onoda (Published in 1999 Mentioned 22 times)

91. The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America’s Pastime by Jason Turbow (Published in 2011 Mentioned 22 times)

92. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls (Published in 2006 Mentioned 22 times)

93. The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Theives, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers by Scott Carney (Published in 2011 Mentioned 22 times)

94. Stranger in a Strange Land (Remembering Tomorrow) by Robert A. Heinlein (Published in 1987 Mentioned 22 times)

95. Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II by Belton Y. Cooper (Published in 2003 Mentioned 22 times)

96. A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins (Published in 2001 Mentioned 21 times)

97. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mick Foley (Published in 2000 Mentioned 21 times)

98. Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence — and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process by Irene Pepperberg (Published in 2009 Mentioned 21 times)

99. Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick (Published in 1993 Mentioned 21 times)

100. 1776 by David McCullough (Published in 2006 Mentioned 21 times)


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