What are the best biographies and autobiographies that won the Pulitzer Prize?

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    #1The First Tycoon

    The First Tycoon

    The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt is a widely renowned biography written by T.J. Stiles. It was released in April 2009 and won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award.


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    Yolanda Zúñiga
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book was the recipient of numerous awards, and with good reason. Cornelius Vanderbilt is a fascinating figure not just because of his wealth and entrepreneurial spirit, but as a symbol of his age. As the title says, he was the first tycoon, before Carnegie, Gould, or the Rockefellers. This book is well-researched and incredibly detailed. If you like biography, and are interested in American history, you should read this book. Vanderbilt lived for 83 years, so his life covers a lot of events and personalities. And if you are interested in current politics and economics, you can see the basis of today's institutions in Vanderbilt's lifetime. It's pretty scholarly, so if you're looking for a quick, easy read, this book is not it. However, it's totally worth the effort."
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    #2Jackson Pollock

    Jackson Pollock

    Jackson Pollock: An American Saga is a biography of the famous American painter written by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. It was released in 1989 and won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize.


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    Shreyas Kapur
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book has indeed won a Pulitzer prize, which is exactly what I'm looking for in a biographical work like this. This is also an excellent account of the life of one of the best known modern artists, Jackson Pollock. This will likely appeal to any fans of art, or anyone looking for a great biography to read."
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    #3John Adams

    John Adams
    As told by the multi-awarded historian David McCullough, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book is the story of John Adams, founding father and second president of the United States. 


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    Laura Alvarado
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I read this book way back in my senior year of college (as fun reading!). It's an amazing, insightful history of a man. I wasn't even that big into history, but this book is a simply fascinating look of a man and how he shaped the country we know today."
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    #4Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Wilde

    Probably one of the most extensive biographies about one of the most famous writers of the Victorian period. Brilliant writer and conversationalist far from social or sexual conventions. 


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    Terry Reynolds
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Oscar Wilde is a terrific biography. This biography greatly details his amazing career."
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    #5American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

    American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
    American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House is a biography written by Jon Meacham. It narrates the life of Andrew Jackson as the 7th president of the United States and founder of the Democratic Party. 

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    Stephanie Watson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a very well written book. The author did his homework on this one and it shows. A great read for all ages and a perfect insight into that time period."
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    #6Profiles in Courage

    Profiles in Courage
    Profiles in Courage is a book by John F. Kennedy that compiles eight of his colleagues' insights about integrity and other noble acts. He compiled it along with vintage photographs and his extensive biography.

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    Teresa Owens
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book was a fantastic read. It gives a great account of his colleagues acts focusing on one each. I found it very moving and profound in it's own ways. Everyone should read this at least once."
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    #7Huey Long

    Huey Long

    Huey Long is a non-fiction biography book and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award written by T. Harry Williams. It is published in 1969. 


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    #8Washington's Crossing

    Washington's Crossing
    Washington's Crossing: Pivotal Moments in American History is a biography written by award-winning historian and author David Hackett Fischer. It was released in February 2004 and won the Pulitzer Prize for History.

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    Raymond Olson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The story of Washington's endeavors and pivotal decision making and choices that have heavily influenced the way of life in the USA are clearly evident, and all the while are very deserving of the Pulitzer Prize"
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    #9Washington: A Life

    Washington: A Life

    Washington: A Life is a biography written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Rob Chernow. It chronicles the life of the founding father and the first man to be the president of the United States of America, George Washington.


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    Adrián Zamudio
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "What a great read. The author is one of the best. A must read for the younger ones to get a good view of this historical figure."
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    #10The Power Broker

    The Power Broker

    The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York is a biography written by Robert A. Caro on the life of Robert Moses, a public official from New York. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1975.


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    #11Personal History

    Personal History

    Personal History is written by Katharine Graham which has won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. This reveals the inside story of Graham who was behind the Washing Post during the most turbulent periods in the history of American media. 


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    Melissa Hunter
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is an honest and engaging book written by one of the most prominent women bosses of our time. Katharine Graham tackles just about every emotion and story I could think of and does it in a way to inspire and teach."


Best What are the best biographies and autobiographies that won the Pulitzer Prize
1The First TycoonBooks 35 Paid
2Jackson PollockBooks 32 Paid
3John AdamsBooks 31 Paid
4Oscar WildeBooks 29 Paid
5American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White HouseBooks 26 Paid
6Profiles in CourageBooks 23 Paid
7Huey LongBooks 22 Paid
8Washington's CrossingBooks 17 Paid
9Washington: A LifeBooks 11 Paid
10The Power BrokerBooks 8 Paid

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