Popular personal biographies on Goodreads.com are "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson, "John Adams" by David McCullough, and "Into the Wild," which is a biography about Christopher McCandless, written by Jon Krakauer. "Cleopatra: A Life" by Stacy Schiff, and "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" by Walter Isaacson are also quite popular.
"The Life of Elizabeth I" by Alison Weir, "Marie Antoinette: The Journey" by Antonia Fraser, "Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare" by Stephen Greenblatt, and "Peter the Great: His Life and World" by Robert K. Massie are some biographies of famous people. "His Excellency: George Washington" by Joseph J. Ellis, "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow, and "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meacham are biographies of the founding fathers of the United States of America.
"Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, published in 2005, is a popular biography of Abraham Lincoln. "FDR" by Jean Edward Smith, "Truman" by David McCullough, and "Theodore Rex", a biography of Theodore Roosevelt, written by Edmund Morris, are also quite well-liked.
"Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain" by Charles R. Cross, "The Beatles: The Biography" by Bob Spitz, and "Shakey: Neil Young's Biography" by Jimmy McDonough are some popular biographies about music artists.
The 1998 life history of John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind" by Sylvia Nasar became the basis for the movie of the same name released in 2001, and is another well received biography.