Best political biographies
Never a dull moment in politics, eh? Take a look back at the lives of people who've made an impact, for better or worse, on the way we live now. These are Mumsnetters' favourite political biographies
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"Barack Obama is an excellent author and so articulate, intelligent, insightful and really in touch with ordinary people."
"Finally got round to Barack Obama's first autobiography - it's brilliant and also made me so sad that he's on his way out of the White House."
"I couldn't put it down. It is a wonderful biography, told with humour and self-deprecation."
"l loved this gently, humorous, account of the harsh, heart rendering early life of this politician. It tells of life in post war London so vividly that it is as much a social, historic document as a biography."
"This book was an absolutely gripping read. I would highly recommend this
to give a better understanding of our relationship with British Sikhs
nowadays and because it is a compelling story of our monarchy."
"I really enjoyed this book about Sophia, an unlikely figure in the
suffragette movement. The care the author has taken to research this book
"I've just finished Alan Clark's Diaries. Didn't he just love himself? (and
other women, too!) But it's a fascinating insight into Westminster and I
was really touched by his obvious love for his children."
"Another vote for the Alan Clark diaries - most hilarious even to a
"I loved Hillary Clinton's autobiography. Fascinating."
"More than anything she came across as smart and genuine. I enjoy her books
very much. Go Hillary."
"One of the most compelling books I ever read."
"Great reading for teens - it's not likely to turn them into a Black Panther as it's actually very thoughtful
and shows how you can change your mind about people and situations."
"It's an absolutely blinding book and unbelievably inspiring, given
the subject matter."
"Blimey, I love An Evil Cradling - one of my all time favourite books. The
man's a genius - a marvel - an absolute poet. The book deepened my
understanding of the world situation as I was fairly ignorant before having
"Mitford fans must read Hons and Rebels; partly because it's fascinating
seeing her take on the family on which Nancy based some of her novels, and
partly because she had a really interesting life."
"My favourite book... it's just so funny... and the follow-up is a really
interesting insight into American politics at the time of McCarthyism and
"A brave and honest autobiography of a boy growing up in Glasgow in the
1980s, it is utterly absorbing. His story is in many ways so miserable, yet
I never found him to be self-pitying or resentful. A real life Adrian Mole
as if imagined by Irvine Welsh."
"I honestly cried, laughed, and cried a bit more at this book. Amazing
book, amazing writer. He went through so much, and proved to everyone just
how bloody brilliant he really is."
"The first 25 years of Churchill's life: cavalry charges,
skirmishes on the North West Frontier, escape from a Boer prison camp and a
visit to the Cuban War."
"A very, very driven young man, completely focused and it's amazing
what he had achieved by 26. It's a totally readable
book. I was a bit afraid it would be too dense or overwrought but
no, it's very clearly and engagingly written."
"I remember reading Nelson Mandela's 'Long Walk to Freedom' at a
particular low point and thinking if he can tolerate nearly 30 years
captivity and still emerge smiling in a flowery shirt, it kind of puts
my trivial crap into perspective."
"This is a book that should be on the GCSE reading list for discussion by every teenager in Britain. After her horrific treatment how can she ever lead a normal life in the future and trust in humanity again?"
"A shockingly vivid testimony of Farida Khalaf's experiences at the hands of ISIS members. Her resolve and strength are amazing in the most adverse of circumstances."
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