What are the best inspirational biographies?

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    #1I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words. This memoir is a modern classic that will touch hearts and change minds.

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    Vishal Sen
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a light biography as it follows the lives of two kids who are sent to live with their Grandmother in the heart of the South. They endure prejudice, heartache, love, and loss. Overall it's quite a good look at the way the world was through their eyes growing up, and it's enlightening. I would highly recommend reading it. "
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    #2Long Walk to Freedom

    Long Walk to Freedom

    Long Walk To Freedom is an autobiography by the Nobel Peace Prize revolutionary, Nelson Mandela. Mandela wrote the majority of it during his time in prison, and it tells of his struggles to correct the injustice done to his people.

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    Phillip Hughes
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "This is a very inspirational autobiography of Nelson Mandela struggle for freedom. This book inspires me to fight injustices in my life and to stand up for the right causes. I highly recommend reading this book to everyone. "
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    #3I Am Malala

    I Am Malala

    In 2009 Malala Yousafzai started writing a blog on BBC Urdu about how life was in the Swat Valley during the Taliban control. In 2012, gunmen boarded Malala's bus to school and shot her in the face, but Malala survived, sparking solidarity across Pakistan and globally. 

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    Carl Gutierrez
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I am far too cynical to have been able to enjoy this. It just felt cloying and emotionally manipulative, and I had to put down Malala only a few chapters in. I know that makes me a terrible person, but I can't help it."
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    #4Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.
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    Victoria Brooks
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is more relevant than ever and this edition is about as fine as it gets. Full original translation and no editing, this edition should be essential reading for everyone. I was transfixed and engrossed through the last page. Even for those who read this biography as a young student, this book should go back on the to-do list. In a time where authoritarian regimes disguise themselves as politics-as-normal and the pervasive bigotry and corruption creeps ever closer to full-scale tyrannical takeover, this book serves as a stark reminder of what happens to those left behind. Still, even in the worst and most tragic circumstances a small flame of hope still burns and we should all remember that spark of Anne's and rage, rage against the dying of the light. "
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    #5Little Daughter

    Little Daughter
    Little Daughter: A Memoir of Survival in Burma and the West is a memoir by Zoya Phan. It tells of her experiences as a member of the Karen minority group as they fled from their home when the Burmese army attacked.
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    Wayne Davidson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "If someone was looking for a good, inspirational biography, Little Daughter would be a great choice. It tells the story of a woman from Burma, and the struggles she faced in her life. It’s a very highly recommended book."
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    #6Stay Alive, My Son

    Stay Alive, My Son

    Stay Alive, My Son is a non-fiction book by Pin Yathay. It tells of Pin Yathay and his family's fate when the communist Khmer Rouge occupied and took over Cambodia, leaving a trail of blood and carnage in their wake.

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    María de Lourdes Martínez
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "Stay Alive, My Son is a non-fiction book about the communist occupation of Cambodia. It may be of interest to those looking for biographies."
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    #7This Is Paradise!

    This Is Paradise!
    This Is Paradise!: My North Korean Childhood is an autobiography by Hyok Kang. It tells of his experiences as a child in North Korea under Kim Jong Il. Through starvation, famine, and violence, Kang survived and lived to tell the tale.
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    Edward Allen
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "This book is fascinating, yes. It provides a very good description of a communist nation held in thrall by a chubby pampered dictator. I am not sure, however, how this book fits as an inspirational biography. Hyok was 13 when his family smuggled him out of North Korea, into China. Uh, well done, I guess. Finally, after 4 years of working in the coal mines of Apple and Nike, they made it to South Korea. Yay, Kang family! I am happy the Kang family made it out. But for it to be inspirational it needs to inform those inside the countries that the Kang's escaped from, not those who currently have the first amendment rights to read it. Inspirational? No. Interesting? Oh yeah. Travelogue from Hell? Absolutely."
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    #8The Twelve Caesars

    The Twelve Caesars

    The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius is biographical novel documented by the author himself during his days as Caesar's personal secretary. This book includes 12 biographies of Caesar and other emperors of the Roman Empire.

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    Frank Holland
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "The Twelve Caesars is one of the most inspirational biographies that I have ever read. It gives you a historical perspective on leadership by giving you 12 stories of the lives of the Caesars of Rome. The Roman Empire is a classical civilization. This book gave me a unique look into history because the author was Caesar's personal secretary. Great insight into the Roman Empire can be found in The Twelve Caesars. If you want to be inspired by history, I suggest your read this book!"
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    #9To the Survivors

    To the Survivors

    To the Survivors: One Man's Journey as a Rape Crisis Counselor with True Stories of Sexual Violence is a nonfiction psychology book written by Robert Utaro. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2013 by Createspace.

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    Jacob Perry
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Meaningful book told from the male perspective about how sexual abuse is more prevalent in society than expected. The person is a rape counselor who brings his own experiences to the table in this very interesting book. Very true and heartwarming."
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    #10The Hospital by the River

    The Hospital by the River

    The Hospital by the River is a non-fiction book written by Catherine Hamlin wherein she shares her life and career in Ethiopia along with Reg Hamlin.

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    #11Addicted

    Addicted

    Addicted is a book written by Tony Adams and Ian Ridley. Addicted was published on September 1, 1999. Addicted's mass market paperback edition has 384 pages.

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    Samuel Macías
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "It was an interesting read. You really feel for the guy and everything he went through."
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    #12Warhol: The Biography

    Warhol: The Biography
    Warhol: The Biography is a book written by Victor Bockris about the life of the famous American artist. It tells of Warhol's early years, his rise to fame, and his indelible contribution to popular culture and the art world.
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    Israel Jaramillo
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Warhol: The Biography is a book by Victor Bockris and available from Amazon. It is the life story of Andy Warhol. It hasn't been a big seller and only has 14 reviews. It has been well reviewed but with such a small number of reviews it is hard to really tell much. I've never been a huge Warhol fan so I probably wouldn't rank this very high."
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    #13Dear Exile

    Dear Exile

    Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a Year) by an Ocean is an African non-fiction memoir written by Hilary Liftin. It is published in 1999 by Vintage. 

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    Tyler Willis
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "fits topic fine and seems like a good read"
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    #14Gazza: My Story

    Gazza: My Story

    Gazza : My Story is a book written by Paul Gascoigne and Hunter Davies. Gazza : My Story was published on June 6, 2005 by Headline. Gazza : My Story's paperback edition has 536 pages.

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    Barbara George
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I love that this explores some of his dark past. It is very inspirational to anyone dealing with mental issues or addiction. "
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    #15Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs by Jen Knox is a non-fiction inspirational novel originally published in 2009. This book explores the depth of family relationship challenged by mental illness and other societal issues.

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    Kevin Chen
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Musical Chairs by Jen Knox is a must read for those whose families are challenged by mental illness and the social issues that it causes. For years I had trouble forgiving my schizophrenic mother but this book gave me the insight that I needed. Jen's story is very inspiring."
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    #16Two Ton: One Night, One Fight

    Two Ton: One Night, One Fight

    Two Ton: One Night, One Fight - Tony Galento vs Joe Luis is a biography by Joseph Monninger about the gigantic fight between Tony Galento and Joe Luis at Yankee Stadium in June 1939. This edition was published in August 2012.

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    Dennis Bryant
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Two Ton: One Night, One Fight is a great inspirational biography. It tells the story of a man that no one expected to beat the great Joe Louis doing exactly that."
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    #17Hands of Stone

    Hands of Stone
    Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran is a biography by Christian Guidice about the life of one of the best-known boxing icons. The book is the first biography about Duran and has become a basis of films about the boxer.
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    Grace Fu
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "This is the biographic book of the famous boxer Roberto Duran, and it has left me a very good impression, if young people want to be motivated in life they have to read this book for sure. "
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    #18Cosmic Ordering Guide: Where Dreams Can Become Reality

    Cosmic Ordering Guide: Where Dreams Can Become Reality

    Cosmic Ordering Guide: Where Dreams Can Become Reality by Stephen Richards is a non-fiction book originally published in 2006. This novel delves into the idea of the "Cosmic Ordering" and how it affected Richards' life.

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    Laura Cruz
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I did not find the Cosmic Ordering Guide to be an interesting or inspirational biographical read. The author uses a lot of flowery language devoid of real meaning. This book is part autobiographical and part self-help, but really accomplishes nothing at all."
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    #19Sudan

    Sudan
    Sudan is a true-to-life story written by award-winning journalist and bestselling novelist Ninie Hammon. It was first published in 2010. It is about a father trying to save her daughter from the slave markets operated by bandits.
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    Martha Gutierrez
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "A powerful and disturbing story of the horrors of human trafficking. This is happening to woman and children in Africa today and we all should be angry! This book brings the truth into the open for all to see. "
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    #20The Queen

    The Queen
    The Queen: Elizabeth II and the Monarchy is a biography by Ben Pimlott about the Queen of England. It was first published in May 2012 but was updated for selling in the UK.
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    Christine Anderson
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "The Queen is a timeless biography that never gets old no matter how much time passes. Very engaging and informative. Highly recommend for those interested in reading about important people. "
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    #21Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross

    Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross

    Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross is written by Augusta Stevenson and illustrated by Frank Giacoia. This features the childhood life of Clara Barton, organizer of the Red Cross in 1881.

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    Virginia Hernandez
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I wouldn't call this the best bio, but the story of Clara Barton is very good and inspiring."
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    #22Marion and Stella

    Marion and Stella
    Marion and Stella: Two Unlaced Girls in a Straight-Laced Society is an inspirational book written by Daina Krummins. It was released in October 2017. It is about two girls with Asperger's trying to live normal lives at the turn of the last century.
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    Shirley Collins
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The concept of the book is definitely interesting: two girls with Asperger's before we knew what Asperger's is. But I don't find it particularly well-written, which likely has to do with the author having the same diagnosis. I don't know how to explain that further without sounding like a complete jerk. Let's just say that I cringed often. "
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    #23Clough: The Autobiography

    Clough: The Autobiography
    Clough: The Autobiography is a book written by Brian Howard Clough. Clough: The Autobiography was published on November 1, 1995 by Corgi. Clough: The Autobiography's paperback edition has 352 pages.
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    Daniel Reid
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Brian Howard Clough's autobiography is a pretty interesting read. I'm not much for soccer so the fact that this man's story could hold my attention until the end is quite the feat. He has an impressive work ethic and seems to be very down-to-earth."
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    #24Thomas Jefferson: Third President of the United States

    Thomas Jefferson: Third President of the United States

    Thomas Jefferson: Third President of the United States by Helen Albee Monsell and illustrated by Kenneth Wagner focuses on the childhood of Tom Jefferson. The book is published in 1989 by publisher Aladdin.

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    Sarah Gutierrez
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "My daughter was assigned this book as part of a Junior High American history class. It's well below the reading level for her age, but I don't mind that as she was supposed to read it in two weeks and she has a large stack of books to read for this class. Some of them are easy reads. However, the big problem I have with this book regards the issue of slavery. The slaves in this book are simply called servants, or "the men helping in the field" or some other vague expression. Never are they called slaves. I think the word choice is rather important. In some of the illustrations, you can't even tell that they're black. The Jefferson family definitely owned slaves and did not employ "servants" to work in the fields. I'm very unhappy this book was chosen. Even young children can be told that yes, they owned slaves and no, that's not ok, but Jefferson was a complicated person and also was in favor of ending slavery at certain points in his life and he still did some good things at the beginning of our country. Or some explanation like that. "
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    #25Only A Game: The Diary Of A Professional Footballer

    Only A Game: The Diary Of A Professional Footballer

    Only A Game: The Diary Of A Professional Footballer is a book written by Eamon Dunphy. Only A Game: The Diary Of A Professional Footballer was published on August 1, 1987 by Penguin.

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    Robert Tucker
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Professional sports players often write a book after they retire in order to get some more income. It's a common thing, so there are many to choose from. This one doesn't seem very interesting since I don't follow soccer that closely."
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    #26Andrew Carnegie

    Andrew Carnegie

    Andrew Carnegie is written by David Nasaw which chronicles the life of the iconic business titan from his modest upbringing through his rise to one of the world's richest men after he founded Carnegie Steel.

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    Víctor Hidalgo
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Nasaw's biography of Carnegie is very detailed. It is meant to be a complete bio as opposed to an inspirational narrative. Carnegie is not presented as a hero."
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    #27The Roger Federer Story

    The Roger Federer Story
    The Roger Federer Story is a biography book written by Rene Stauffer which is about the greatest tennis player Roger Federer based on many interviews with him and his family. 
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    Ryan Flores
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "it is inspirational"
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    #28Down Around Midnight

    Down Around Midnight
    Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Crash and Survival is a non-fiction adventure survival tragedy memoir written by Robert Sabbag on this air crash experience in 1979. Published in 2009 by Viking Adult.
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    Donna Beck
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This book was alright. The pacing was a bit slower than I would have liked. Interesting recount but the delivery fell flat. "
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    #29Keane: The Autobiography

    Keane:  The Autobiography

    Keane: The Autobiography: First Edition is a book written by Roy Keanne and Eamon Dunphy. Keane: The Autobiography: First Edition was published on September 1, 2005 by Penguin Global.

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    Harold Berry
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This autobiography was well written and inspired me to do more with my life. Before reading this book I often wasted my spare time and was going nowhere and this book inspired me to give back and make something of myself. Incredible!"
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    #30The Second Half

    The Second Half

    The Second Half is a book written by Roy Keane and Roddy Doyle. The Second Half was published on December 16, 2014 by W&N. The Second Half's hardcover edition has 304 pages.

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    Samuel Richards
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The best inspirational biographies is The Second Half by Roy Keane and Roddy Doyle. It is a memoir by one of the greatest of modern footballers, and former captain of Manchester United and Ireland, Roy Keane. Keane has had a life like no other playing for Manchester United in the English Premiership and for the Republic of Ireland."
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    #31A Life of Picasso: The Prodigy, 1881-1906

    A Life of Picasso: The Prodigy, 1881-1906
    A Life of Picasso: The Prodigy, 1881-1906 is a biography of the famous Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso, written by John Richardson. It is the first volume in the three-volume biography, chronicling his childhood in Málaga.
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    Thomas Price
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This book is a great choice to read about someone who became famous. It holds information of his life, which includes his ups and downs. His accomplishments are recorded, and this is only the first of a three volume book. If people want to learn more about other great inspirational biographies, there are tons of suggestions that other users have also bought that are interested in this genre."
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    #32Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

    Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

    Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo is a book written by historian Hayden Herrera. It chronicles the life of the renowned Mexican artist, including her childhood, her romantic interests, political ideologies, and her art.

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    Doris Ellis
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Frida Kahlo was quite an inspiring woman indeed, and this biography showcases that. This definitely satisfies my requirements. Not suited for all readers, though, as she lead a very sensual life."
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    #33Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Social Justice

    Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Social Justice

    Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Social Justice is written by Ann Weil and illustrated by Gray Morrow. This tells the childhood of Eleanor Roosevelt who later on became the wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, a US president.

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    Steven Lu
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "The book is well reviewed and is written about an inspirational topic. However, it is a children's book so it may not appeal to a wider audience. It looks good for children but not for adults and so there are other inspirational biographies that appeal to a wider audience."
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    #34Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

    Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
    Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance which has been named one of the best books of the year by The Wall Street Journal, providing a look at the life of the Silicon Valley's most daring entrepreneur.
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    Russell Nguyen
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I was looking for a sort of inspirational biography that applied to what's going on in the world today. I found this Elon Musk biography to be extremely intriguing and exactly what I was looking for!"
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    #35The Rocky Road

    The Rocky Road

    The Rocky Road is a non-fiction biography book written by Eamon Dunphy. The Rocky Road was published on 2013 by Penguin. The Rocky Road's hardcover edition has 376 pages.

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    Harry Mitchell
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I had mixed emotions on reading Eamon Dunphy's autobiography "The Rocky Road." On one hand, it is extremely entertaining, it's very hard to put down. On the other hand, he seems to spend a lot of time on his successes and the more exciting times but glosses over, in an unapologetic fashion, his defeats, failures, and embarrasing moments. If you're looking for an exciting read, it's a 4 / 5. If you want a factual autobiography, it'll probably score a 2 / 5. Overall I'll give it a 3."
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    #36Back From the Brink: The Autobiography

    Back From the Brink: The Autobiography

    Back From the Brink: The Autobiography is a book written by Paul Mcgrath. Back From the Brink: The Autobiography was published on October 24, 2006 by Century. Back From the Brink: The Autobiography's paperback edition has 464 pages.

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    Timothy Moore
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Best biography I've read in such a very long time."
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    #37Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

    Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

    Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. written by Ron Chernow which has been a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Award reveals the private life of the oil tycoon. 

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    Andy Tang
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This is a great book about the life of John D. Rockefeller Sr. The book gives detailed accounts about the life and exploits of this great oil tycoon and how he came to become renowned the world over. I love reading the secrets and triumph of this man and how he became so successful. "
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    #38Headhunters

    Headhunters

    Headhunters is a non-fiction biography book written by John King. Headhunters was published on May 7, 1998 by Vintage. Headhunters' paperback edition has 320 pages.

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    Jessica Jackson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Headhunter is a very interesting biographical book. The plot is quite unusual, but is also inspirational. This book is somehow able to combine those two elements to create an entertaining read. "
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    #39Sam Walton: Made In America

    Sam Walton: Made In America

    Sam Walton: Made In America reveals the life of the founder of Wal-Mart which is the largest retailer in the world, who is also the undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century.  

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    Rodrigo Rocha
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I neat biography that I recommend for anybody interested in stories like this. It's neat to see the foundation of Walmart. Surprisingly very humble beginnings compared to the monstrosity they are now. It gives a very peculiar look into Sam Waltons life. Happy to have read this book."
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    #40George Washington: Our First Leader

    George Washington: Our First Leader

    George Washington: Our First Leader is a biography written by Augusta Stevenson and illustrated by E. Joseph Dreany. It features the narrative on the childhood of George Washingon and his preparation to lead the country.

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    Frank Barnett
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I enjoyed reading this book about the father of our country. You will learn a lot with this one."
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    #41Here I Am

    Here I Am

    Here I Am is a novel written by Jonathan Safran Foer and it was first published in September 2016 by the Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. This book was preceded by Tree of Codes which was released in 2010.

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    Phillip Foster
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book isn't even a biography let alon inspirational. It has no business being in this category. As a novel it is utter garbage in my opinion. Crappy writing and a predictable story. Avoid this trash!"
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    #42Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight

    Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight

    Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight is a biography written by Jay Barbree about the first astronaut who stepped on the moon. It has a foreword by John Glenn, and this version was published in 2014. Barbree interviewed Armstrong for the book.

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    Frank George
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Fantastic book with a lot of information I had never heard before. I'm a Neil Armstrong fan and this is probably the best written book of the life and time of him."
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    #43Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin is a book by Carl Van Doren that tells the story of how the inventor Benjamin Franklin helped not just his fellow countrymen but almost all of the people using his inventions and his thirst for knowledge. 

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    Pablo Mora
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I couldn' get very far in this book. I just don't like to read this type of book."
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    #44Benjamin Franklin: Young Printer

    Benjamin Franklin: Young Printer

    Benjamin Franklin: Young Printer is written by Augusta Stevenson and illustrated by Ray Quigley. This tells the childhood biography of Ben Franklin as a young printer who grew up to become a founder of the United States.

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    Christian Obrien
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Benjamin Franklin: Young Printer is a book written by Augusta Stevenson and the beautiful illustrations penned by Ray Quigley. This story tells a tale of Ben Franklin as a young painter and covers this chapter of his life. I enjoyed it although I thought the story was more catered towards children. I did enjoy the respect Stevenson paid to his niche target of readers though. Sometimes authors can get carried away. Benjamin Franklin: Young Printer doesn't stray away from the subject material and allows a reading that can be enjoyed by a wide range of ages."
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    #45Morgan: American Financier

    Morgan: American Financier

    Morgan: American Financier is a biography written by Jean Strouse which reveals the full-scale life of J. Pierpont Morgan who is behind the General Electric, U.S. Steel and vast railroad empires in America.  

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    Vincent Hill
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This book is a great read about the trails and tribulations of J. Pierpoint Morgan. The story of how GE, US Steel and the railroad empires and his Napolean style of taking of Wall Street is admirable and inspirational. "
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    #46Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workshop

    Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workshop

    Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workshop by Ricardo Semler reveals how he turned and changed the company he inherited from his father. 

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    Lisa Fox
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I do not find this particularly inspiring, not any more then any other story of its kind. Not really impressed, but if you enjoy this type of story and motivation it would be a great read. "
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    #47We Pointed Them North

    We Pointed Them North
    We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher is a biography of E.C. Abbott written by Helena Huntington Smith. It had illustrations from Nick Eggenhofer. It is about a Texan cowboy who moved to Montana.
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    Alexander Spencer
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "We pointed them north is a great success story. Always good when you need a pick me up. Great for teens who need some extra guiding."
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    #48Van Gogh: The Life

    Van Gogh: The Life
    Van Gogh: The Life is a biography of the famous Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh, written by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. It is a comprehensive account of his life, giving insights into Van Gogh's world.
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    Gregory Graham
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "This is well-written and very thorough account of the life of Van Gogh. I found it to be very inspirational because it showed the life of this now famous artist. The book is full of a lot of detail which some people might find boring or hard to read. But, for me, it was fantastic to read this information about Van Gogh. I was glued to the book and couldn't put it down. "
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    #49Amelia Earhart: Young Aviator

    Amelia Earhart: Young Aviator

    Amelia Earhart: Young Aviator is a biography written by Beatrice Gormley and illustrated by Meryl Henderson about the childhood life of Earhart up to her mysterious disappearance. This is suitable for kids.

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    Robert Schmidt
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I tried reading Amelia Earhart: Young Aviator to my niece, but I felt that the book was oddly pitched for an older audience. There was too much information provided about the tragic events of Earhart's life to be appropriate for very young children."
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    #50The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

    The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

    The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch is a biography book written by Chris Barton wherein he shares his childhood living as a slave in Mississippi. This also offers a look at the Reconstruction period after the Civil War. 

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    Harry Powell
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Really nice tale with a lot of history behind it. I read this growing up and got a lot of insight growing up. Showed me a lot of lessons in history to take with me."
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    #51The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

    The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
    The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life is a biography written by Alice Schroeder which reveals the life of Warren Buffett also known as The Oracle of Omaha.  
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    Rosa María Muñoz
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, has been an excellent inspirational biographies of all time. I haven't read anything quite like it. It was a real page turner, and I actually finished it in 2 weeks times. The story is so compelling, and captivates. Definitely one of the good ones. Highly recommend."
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    #52The Gospel According to the Beatles

    The Gospel According to the Beatles

    The Gospel According to the Beatles is a biography written by music journalist and author Steve Turner which reveals the religious and spiritual ideals of the band that influenced them. 

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    Lily Fang
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book is awesome. The Beatles were before my time, but my parents enjoy them. I would be nice to read about who was their inspiration."
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    #53Hollywood Hulk Hogan

    Hollywood Hulk Hogan

    Hollywood Hulk Hogan is an autobiography written by Hulk Hogan about his own experiences, including his struggles as an out-of-shape kid to one of the most iconic names and faces in America. 

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    Nathan Chen
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Hollywood Hulk Hogan is a really fun and interesting autobiography. Even if you arent a fan of wrestling. This however is not a biography and some might prefer that."
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    #54Rocketman

    Rocketman

    Rocketman: Astronaut Pete Conrad's Incredible Ride to the Moon and Beyond is a biography written by Nancy Conrad and Howard A. Klausner about Pete Conrad. It has an introduction from astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

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    Devansh Gupta
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This biography was very interesting and inspirational, but I had a couple of problems with it. Firstly, it is a bit short and a light read for a biography. Second, I wanted to read a nonfiction book, but some of the dialog is fabricated to tell the story of Conrad."
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    #55Portrait of an Artist : A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe

    Portrait of an Artist : A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe

    Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe is a book written by Laurie Lisle. It tells the story of the acclaimed painters life through the eyes of those who knew her best, with testimonies from her friends and family.

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    Samuel Larson
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "I have always been interested in Georgia O'Keeffe's life. This is the definitive biography. Would recommend."
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    #56Lincoln: A Photobiography

    Lincoln: A Photobiography

    Lincoln: A Photobiography from Houghton Mifflin social studies, and is authored by Russell Freedman. This is a biography of Abrahan Lincoln that received the Newbery Medal award.

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    Susana Soriano
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I wasn't expecting to find a photobiography going into this, but this was my first one of its kind and after it I've completely fallen in love with the genre. I love how you get to literally see Lincoln's life through a different lens, and it's a compelling tale."
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    #57Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field

    Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field

    Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field is a book by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon that tells the story of how helpful is the discovery of Electromagnetic Field is to our lives. The book reminds us that it should not be taken for granted.

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    Billy Fox
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "If you're into science or really just the exploration of the natural world, this book is for you. This book tells the inspirational story of two incredible scientists and their discoveries. Something to motivate and stimulate the mind."
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    #58Personal 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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    Song Zhao
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "a great source of inspiration. especially for children"
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    #59Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen

    Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen

    Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections on Sixty and Beyond is a non-fiction memoir written by Larry McMurtry. This biography book is first published in 1999. 

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    Patrick McDonald
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "An insightful read on a time lost since past, without the embellishments of golden age tv. As a millennial, I found this deeply engrossing."
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    #60Helen Keller's Teacher

    Helen Keller's Teacher

    Helen Keller's Teacher by Margaret Davidson is a biography that features Anne Sullivan Macy (April 14, 1866 - October 20, 1936), Keller's inspirational teacher. The book is published by Scholastic.

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    Amy Franklin
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "My sister came to me one day and suggested that I read Helen Keller's Teacher. I asked her why and she said that it was a really inspirational biography that many women could learn something from. After reading it I thanked my sister a lot. It was a really good book."
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    #61The Last Lecture

    The Last Lecture
    The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow is a nonfiction self-help book originally published in April 2008. This is a New York Times best-selling book about life lessons taken straight from Pausch's private life.
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    Shreya Jaiteley
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a nice book for some self tuning. I like to read it to remind myself how to adjust my attitudes and way of life."
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    #62Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind

    Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind

    Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind is a biography written by Charles Nicholl. It chronicles the life of the famous Italian Renaissance man, including mysteries that continue to shroud him such as the true identity of Mona Lisa.

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    Kathleen Barnes
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "This is an interesting book. This is the first time that I have read about it and never thought that there was something behind the person of Mona Lisa. It was a great history lesson."
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    #63The Last American Man

    The Last American Man

    The Last American Man is a biographical novel written by Elizabeth Gilbert. This nature writing book was originally published in 2002. It was nominated for the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

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    Abhinav Lobo
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I often read about my favorite leaders and politicians. I am interested in the biographical genre of books. The Last American Man was exactly what I needed. This nature writing book gave interesting facts and worked well with how it was written."
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    #64First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

    First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

    First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong is a biography written by James R. Hansen detailing the life of the first man who stepped on the moon. It is the basis of the upcoming film of the same name.

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    Alicia Gallardo
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Doesn't get much more inspiring than being the first man to set foot on the moon. It's a story that we all think we know, of a person we've heard about a million times, but this book delves deeper into his past and into how he was able to rise to the top of the Apollo Program and ultimately step into the history books. Although a good read, it is lacking in some details as Neil Armstrong was a very private person and there aren't a lot of details from him about certain periods of his life. Nonetheless, an excellent biography."
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    #65Only the Paranoid Survive

    Only the Paranoid Survive

    Only the Paranoid Survive is a book by Andrew Groove that tells how Groove made adjustments so that his company will not fall under the struggles of the business world. He also gave tips on how other leaders can do the same.

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    Tim Zhou
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This book certainly has aspects of being inspirational, but only if you can follow along with the mindset of the author. However, I feel this could easily be considered somewhat cynical as well, so mileage may vary. "
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    #66Miracle in the Andes

    Miracle in the Andes
    Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home is a non-fiction adventure survival book written by Nando Parrado with Vince Reuse. Published in 2007 by Broadway Books.
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    Aaryan Singhal
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book starts off strong, then it starts to drag at a pace so slow i felt like if i could only get through this book, it would've been an inspirational story in itself. I got about a quarter of the way through and do NOT recommend, unless you enjoy falling asleep due to sheer boredom. Stay far away from "miracle in the Andes"."
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    #67I'm Not Really Here: A Life of Two Halves

    I'm Not Really Here: A Life of Two Halves
    I'm Not Really Here: A Life of Two Halves is a book written by Paul Lake. I'm Not Really Here: A Life of Two Halves was published on August 25, 2011 by Random House UK.
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    Karen Martin
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Paul Lake was a legend to his fans, and one the way to becoming a major superstar when an injury to his knee, and the botched treatment of that injury put and end to his creams. He examines his disappointments, depression, and divorce in a frank, candid manner. How he lived through that period, and what he did next, will inspire any sports fan, and indeed, any fan of the human spirit."
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    #68The Trouble Begins at 8 (Mark Twain Biography)

    The Trouble Begins at 8 (Mark Twain Biography)

    The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West is a biography written by Sid Fleischman on the life of Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain.

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    Danielle Wright
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Seems a little weird to write a story on the life of a writer. It is a fun read."
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    #69Rocket Men

    Rocket Men

    Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon is a biography written by Craig Nelson that narrates the story behind the men of Apollo 11 and their mission on the moon. It became a New York Times bestseller.

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    Arthur Cruz
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "Most people find astronauts very inspirational. This is a well written, easy to digest one too. You can't go wrong with this book, definitely read it."
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    #70Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want

    Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want

    Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn't Give You What You Want is an inspirational book written by Ann Swindell. Published in 2017 by Tyndale House Publishers, it offers inspirational passages that teach its reader to trust in God's plans.

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    Philip Hicks
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The author's vulnerability reminds us that we are not alone and gives us hope to be strong and courageous. She weaves her own story with that of the woman in the gospels who had suffered with incurable bleeding for many years and touched Jesus' hem in the hope of being healed. Her heart is beautiful and her wisdom is genuine. I highly recommend this book"

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Best What are the best inspirational biographies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Books 33 Paid
2Long Walk to FreedomBooks 30 Paid
3I Am MalalaBooks 29 Paid
4Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 27 Paid
5Little DaughterBooks 27 Paid
6Stay Alive, My SonBooks 25 Paid
7This Is Paradise!Books 23 Paid
8The Twelve CaesarsBooks 21 Paid
9To the SurvivorsBooks 13 Paid
10The Hospital by the RiverBooks 4 Paid
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