What are the best must-read true stories that are inspirational?

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    #1Neil 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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    Ruth Medina
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Good book about a talented, quiet man without the author being too awestruck. Lots of information and background into the space program. In spite of these guys being heroes, these men seem like nice, likable people. I think this is a must read true story book that is inspirational."
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    #2Van 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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    Julie Kelley
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Over the past few months I have really been connecting with more true stories. One that I think everybody should read has to be Van Gogh: The Life. This book does an awesome job of detailing his life in a way that really kept me interested."
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    #3Anne 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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    Esteban Contreras
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "i consider the one of the best must read true stories"
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    #4George 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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    Marisol Carrillo
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Last year in my lit class I really needed to find a book that was based on a true story for a project I was doing. I ended up picking George Washington: Our First Leader as I did not know much about George Washington. This book turned out to be great content for my project."
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    #5Sam 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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    Joyce Flores
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is written well. I enjoyed reading how he built his empire."
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    #6Helen 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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    Johnny Ortiz
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I wanted to find something that could be a inspiration to my kids so I decided to give Helen Keller's Teacher a try. Helen Keller's Teacher was the perfect book It allowed my kids to learn from the main character and inspire them to do better no matter what situation. I was recommended it by my friend and I'm so glad he mentioned it! "
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    #7I 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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    Sharon Jensen
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "A great inspirational read is I Am Malala. Malala's story is very brave and truly inspiring. This is a great book to read with your children. "
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    #8The 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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    Kimberly Gomez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "probably a good read but not a must read"
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    #9Maverick: 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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    George Han
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I love a good true story. I love hearing stories of triumph as well. I found Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workshop and would never put it down. this was a great success story about championing in the industrial empire."
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    #10Benjamin 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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    Debra Bates
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I homeschool my children. The curriculum we loosely use suggested this book as and adjunct to our program. My 7 year old loved it. He would hardly let me stop reading it and he was fascinated by Benjamin Franklin's innovation."
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    #11Burn Down the Ground

    Burn Down the Ground

    Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir is a non-fiction book written by Kambri Crews published in 2012 by Random House. It is about her life with her deaf parents in Texas and how she deals with the reality of life. 

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    Harold Bowman
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir is a novel based on a true story told by its protagonist. It is about living with deaf parents in America. In it, the writer expressed how she deals with life and what are her struggles."
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    #12The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle
    The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir about her poverty-stricken family, which is a balanced story of despair, happiness, love, and loyalty. This novel spent seven years in NYT's bestsellers list and was adapted into a major motion picture.
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    Ronald Matthews
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A book that involves the much love, hate, and overcoming has to be a best. I mean it spent 7 years on a best sellers list, only classics do that. I will always be inspired by the amount of overcoming that she when through. "
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    #13Forever, Christian

    Forever, Christian

    Forever, Christian by Tina Traverse is a non-fcition book originally published in 2012. This book explores how far blood ties can take you. It tells the story of a young boy and the unconditional love of a mother.

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    Jacob Gray
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book is pretty interesting. It can get boring at some parts, but regardless, it's still a nice read."
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    #14The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

    The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

    The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom is a History, Autobiography, Faith, Christian Non-fiction book written by Corrie Ten Boom, Elizabeth Sherrill, John Sherrill and Joni Tada.

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    Joseph Mendoza
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I have read this book twice in the past. Have given it as a gift many times. I bought this book to aid a granddaughter with her school children's assignments it is a book of faith and terrible human suffering. Makes one thankful for their many blessings."
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    #15Protected by the Light: A Spiritual Memoir

    Protected by the Light: A Spiritual Memoir

    Protected by the Light: A Spiritual Memoir is written by Debra Roinestad which is a story of her survival in the hands of her psychotic, violent, drug-dealing parents and other members of her dysfunctional family. 

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    #16I 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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    Ronald Gray
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "A true inspirational story that will make you cry with joy, and with sadness. This moved me to tears and made me want to call my family up and let them know I love them. "
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    #17Detour from Normal

    Detour from Normal

    Detour from Normal is a memoir written by Ken Dickson wherein he chronicles how he lands in a high-security psychiatric war after an improper treatment following his life-saving surgery. 

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    Katherine Schmidt
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Amazing and compelling read! I couldn't put the book down! With today's society concern for mental health rising, I feel this is a book a lot of us should read. "
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    #18Long 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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    #19Musical 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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    Carlos Padilla
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Musical Chairs is an autobiography style story of the author's past, Jen Knox. It is a surprisingly open and honest look into how she got where she is today and it doesn't just include the good things, there are plenty of the bad things in there as well which make for an even better read."
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    #20The Sheriff: A Detective's Story

    The Sheriff: A Detective's Story

    The Sheriff: A Detective's Story by Gerry O'Carroll is an autobiography and true crime novel originally published in 2006. This book tells the story of O'Carrol's journey when he joined the force of Ireland's Garda in the 1970s. 

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    Jacob Perry
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Living in Ireland during The Troubles had to have been bad enough, but being a police officer during that time was unimaginable to me until I read Gerry O’Carroll’s “The Sheriff.” It’s a very well-written autobiography that gives a good insight into the life of a detective during a really hard part of Ireland’s history, going into high-profile cases while also covering everyday life, and it somehow keeps you interested the whole time and makes you feel that if O’Carroll can get through what he did, then anything else should be easy."
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    #21Cosmic Ordering: You Can be Successful

    Cosmic Ordering: You Can be Successful

    Cosmic Ordering: You Can be Successful by Stephen Richards is a non-fiction novel originally published in April 2009. This book tells how healthy relationships balanced with a good career can turn your life into a success.

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    Kenneth Fowler
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I've been having a bit of a rocky ride in my life currently and haven't been to open to feedback to fix it. Decided I would pick up a book because that didn't seem to be as invasive as talking to somebody else about it. This book has been incredibly inspirational so far. I'm discovering new ways to approach situations and finding new outlooks on life as a whole. "
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    #22House of Stone

    House of Stone

    House of Stone: The True Story of a Family Divided in War-Torn Zimbabwe is a true story of war and its chaotic effects written by Christina Lamb. It was published in 2007 and centers on the bloody war in Zimbabwe in 2002.

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    Elizabeth Reynolds
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The story was compelling, especially since it was inspired by a true story. Amazing what families have to go through. A great read."
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    #23Think and Grow Rich

    Think and Grow Rich

    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is a philosophical self-help book originally published in 1937. This novel explores the challenges of personal developments and how to overcome them.

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    Deborah Hughes
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I was at a point in my life where I could not find the motivation or the inspiration to start my business. I talked to a few of my friends and one of them recommended Think and Grow Rich. I picked it up at my local book store, and read it over a week. This book is incredible. Through the manifestation of our mind, we can achieve success. We just have to focus and concentrate on what we want. I highly recommend this."
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    #24The Cancer Survivors Club

    The Cancer Survivors Club

    The Cancer Survivors Club is an inspirational non-fiction book written by Chris Geiger which includes a collection of uplifting survival stories of cancer patients from normal people. 

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    Grace Brewer
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Cancer Survivors Club is a collection of stories from a large variety of individuals who have been touched by cancer. I found these stories moving and inspirational. This book is compiled very well in that readers can take away something from each vignette. Definitely a must read!"
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    #25Cosmic 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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    Sharon Alvarez
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This books just did not hold my attention. I have never read anything in this genre. However, I was trying to keep an open mind. This book has a lot of holes and missing details. It does not tell you anything at a useful level."

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Best What are the best must-read true stories that are inspirational
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Neil Armstrong: A Life of FlightBooks 64 Paid
2Van Gogh: The LifeBooks 60 Paid
3Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 57 Paid
4George Washington: Our First LeaderBooks 56 Paid
5Sam Walton: Made In AmericaBooks 54 Paid
6Helen Keller's TeacherBooks 52 Paid
7I Am MalalaBooks 50 Paid
8The Trouble Begins at 8 (Mark Twain Biography)Books 48 Paid
9Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual WorkshopBooks 45 Paid
10Benjamin Franklin: Young PrinterBooks 43 Paid
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