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Biographies aren't for everyone, but it is fascinating to be offered a window into the lives of people we might never get to meet, and would never otherwise learn about.

Politicians, journalists, sports people, artists, and those somehow famous for just being famous...

Perhaps there's a biography you just couldn't finish because it repelled you. Is there a biography that really made you question someone you thought you knew something about? Or perhaps someone who has surprised you by being a person of substance and integrity not displayed by the popular media... And most positively of all, is there a biography that inspired you to better yourself?

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What I found interesting was to read a biography on Gene Roddenberry, and autobiographies by Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner. They recounted similar events all from different perspectives, and gave opinions on each other, all of which were different. I liked to see the comparisons, contrasts, and contradictions of three people who worked together, and came from very different backgrounds.
The most inspiring and amusing biography would have to be Sir David Attenborough. His tale of an extremely early BBC film crew, weighted down by cumbersome cameras and sound recording devices, were met across a river by a tribe famous for cannibalism. The ensuing paragraphs are hilarious and very visual. Such a gentle man, such an incredible human being.

The most repellant biography would be Lance Armstrong's "It's not about the Bike". I had to put it down when he got to his second wife. His attitude to other people, as recorded by himself, was so off-putting, I couldn't finish the book. Tyler Hamilton's biography was almost as self-centred. About five years ago there seemed to be a spate of unfortunate cycling biographies that could only reinforce the media's negative portrayal of the sport, despite the majority of Hamilton and Armstrong's piers being upstanding, incredible role models.
I read the book about Rock Hudson by his wife, and what he put her through.
Very sad.
It made me see how people can show one side and live totally the other.
Will never look at another of his movies the same.
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