Top three Biographies to inspire you

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about the heroic life of certain people? Or sometimes do you secretly think about living such a life? If yes, then it is no rocket science to live a meaningful and a remarkable life. You can derive inspiration from the three non- fiction books mentioned below.

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

A Long Way Gone is a real-life story of author Ishmael Beah. He describes how was forced to lose his childhood and innocence by the people of his home country Sierra Leone. He was only twelve years old when the civil war broke out. His village was attacked by fighters because of which he lost his home and family. Ishmael and his friends wandered from village to village desperately trying not to starve to death or be killed. Being left with no other choice after the death of his family, he turned into a child soldier who was brainwashed to an extent that he would readily kill and destroy the homes of other people.

He and the other children his age was threatened and drugged continuously till they turned into people killing machines. After the war got over, some kids were saved by UNICEF but the trauma they faced persisted. Every soldier and victim of war suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The author too reflected on his experiences and felt helpless, angry and traumatized.

By the medium of this book the author appreciates two important traits of human nature: Strength and Hope. He reiterates the message of dropping wars, hatred and violence as they are all consuming and sucks the joy and innocence out of the life of ordinary people especially children.

The author concludes A Long Way Gone by reminding people to find their coping mechanisms. He runs away from his country to start a new life in a different country and ultimately settles in the United States.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air is a memoir of a well renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist Paul Kalanthi who succumbed to terminal lung cancer in his mid-thirties. He extensively wrote about luck, life, relationships and death in his book. When the author, who spent half of his life becoming a neurosurgeon, found out that he was battling with Stage four lung cancer, his resilience shattered. He analysed his situation acutely and knew that his condition was serious. Now he was stuck prioritising the most important things in his life. It is at this time that he dedicated most of his time to literature.

At this time, Paul Kalanthi realised that the most meaningful moments occur when a person takes advantage of the present. He did the exact thing and immersed himself in literature and spending time with his close family and wife. This positive outlook offered him peace, solace and he developed faith in the future. His condition deteriorated drastically towards the end. He became pale, weak. Even the medications and chemotherapy were no longer effective. Though his condition worsened towards the end, he still didn’t give up hope and battled hard to see the birth of his daughter.

By the medium of this memoir, the author urges the readers to live a meaningful life and wants them to forget about the future. He even writes in detail on the perspective of both doctor and patient.

Check out the book summaries and audiobook summaries which are available on various book summary websites.

Leonardo Da Vinci by Judith Rich Harris 

Leonardo Da Vinci is a real life story of history’s most creative genius’ life.The author has given an ordinary human dimension to Leonardo Da Vinci in this book. He writes about some of his exceptional traits such as passion, inquisitiveness, positive attitude towards life and wants the readers to improve and evolve themselves by reading about these traits.

With his careful observation and imagination, he could give the world the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. His multiple interests in engineering, anatomy, architecture, fossils, flying machines, geology and fluid dynamics studies made him a genius not just of his time but for the generations to come. People who have varied interests and want to be great innovators still study his work to derive inspiration.

If you are someone who is scared to think outside the box and to live life on your own terms, then reading the book summaries and audiobook summaries available on this topic will inspire you. You can easily find them on various book summary websites.

We are going to end this blog by reiterating the most important point added in the biography. This biography instills the zeal of knowledge and willingness to ask questions in us. It motivates the people to think differently, embrace uniqueness and to be imaginative.

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