Political Biographies – mind blowing non fiction

Political Biographies – mind blowing non fiction

The saying ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ definitely applies to biographies of political leaders.

If you want some truly mind blowing non fiction to read, then try these. 5 biographies and autobiographies of some great past and present (and want to be) political leaders.

1. Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

The book that inspired the major new motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

This is the original and unabridged version of the inspiring autobiography by the internationally acclaimed South African president from the mid to late 1990’s.  Read his personal life account written in secret while spending 27 years in prison. Learn how to always have hope from a man who changed a nation due to an unbreakable devotion to freedom.

2. Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life StoryArnold Schwarzenegger

How can lifting weights lead to a being an international movie star surrounded by wealth and power? Arnold Schwarzenegger explains how he achieved this unforgettable dream life in his autobiography, Total Recall. Self-serving drives and a larger than life ego lead him to become the best at one thing, Body Building. But, if being the best at one thing can be achieved then why stop there? Discover “Arnold’s Rules” to success and his amazing transformation from a poor Austrian boy to a world icon who married into one of the most famous of families, The Kennedy’s. Definitely a mind blowing non fiction book that seems like it should be fantasy.

3. Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success – Michael D’Antonio

Although he’s not a rags to riches tale, Donald Trump has had a career of ups and downs that have ultimately led to him being one of the most successful businessmen in the world. Learn why the belief in yourself and an undying drive for success can lead to becoming a living symbol of wealth. Having one of the most entertaining personalities in the modern world, Trump tells us what he thinks it takes to be worthy of respect.  Whether he will succeed as a political leader, only time will tell.

4. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln – Doris Kearns Goodwin

Focusing on his political cabinet rather than his life story, we have a fresh look at Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and his rivals. An unpopular Illinois lawyer uses his opposing contenders to his advantage in the 1860 presidential nomination. This book of multiple biographies reveals how Lincoln used his leadership skills to keep a separating nation together with the help of his well accomplished rivals turned allies.

5. The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin – Steven Lee Myers

From his childhood struggling in the aftermath of WWII to his rise to the top of the Russian political climate, Vladimir Putin has a story worth studying. Author and journalist Steven Lee Myers gives us a serious understanding about the fascinating career of a man who is shaping modern history. This biography is one where we can truly learn to have a vision from a man who’s life was shaped by loyalty and ambition.

Want more mind blowing non fiction?  Visit our other biographical lists including Best Autobiographies of 5 Extraordinary Men

Leadership: 6 Essential Books On Leadership

Leadership: 6 Essential Books On Leadership

What Is Leadership?

Being a leader and the skills you need to lead effectively has been important for as long as humans have worked in groups to achieve a goal. The characteristics of effective leadership forms the basis of most business books. Having a strategy to run a successful business is intertwined with leadership skills, not just to lead a team but to manage and lead yourself in a successful direction.

There are many theories on the best leadership methods. Some leaders made people to do terrible things, and other leaders have left a tremendous positive legacy behind them. As we move forward and evolve, leadership has never been more important.

Do we need more leaders, or do we need to empower everyone to become their own leader?

6 Essential Books On Leadership

1. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You – John C. Maxwell

What Is Leadership?

John Maxwell breaks down leadership strategy into 21 laws. With each Law, he describes the theory behind the law. For example, with the Law of Sacrifice, he explains that a leader must be willing to sacrifice in order to achieve. He expounds upon his point by explaining that a leader gives up more rights – in exchange for more responsibilities – the higher the leader rises.

2. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us – Seth Godin

What Is Leadership?

This isn’t a book that teaches you how to lead. Instead, Tribes is meant to inspire people to lead rather than teach them to lead.

3. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us –  Daniel H. Pink

What Is Leadership?

The ability to motivate others is central to leadership. By studying how people are truly motivated, Daniel Pink explains what drives people to do what they do.

4. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box – Arbinger Institute

What Is Leadership?

One of the most damaging habits which inhibits success is self deception. This book explains that to be a good leader, you have to allow yourself to question your beliefs and allow new attitudes and knowledge to influence you.

5. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life – Spencer Johnson

What Is Leadership?

People usually turn to a leader in times of change and confusion. This book is about dealing with change and being able to move ahead with passion instead of anxiety.

6. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Hardcover – Brene Brown

What Is Leadership?

Brene Brown writes, “Vulnerability is the the core, the heart, the center of meaningful human experiences.”

She argues that you have to be willing to fail to be able to lead. By making yourself vulnerable, you open yourself up to being hurt, something which most people try to avoid, but Brene argues that we should be doing the opposite. Without vulnerability, there can be no love, there can be no achievement, there can be no greatness.