Biographies and Autobiographies

Discover the incredible lives of some of the world’s most influential historical figures. The Folio Society publishes a selection of fascinating biography books, from autobiographies of great leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi, to the personal memoirs of ordinary people in extraordinary times. Folio books include carefully researched images and photographs and come with beautiful hardback bindings. See below for the full list of Folio Biographies.

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God's Englishman book

God's Englishman

Christopher Hill

This exhilarating book has never been surpassed as a portrait of Oliver Cromwell and his times.

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Once There Was a War book

Once There Was a War

John Steinbeck

The first illustrated edition of Steinbeck’s absorbing dispatches for the New York Herald Tribune.

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'Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman!' book

'Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman!'

Richard Feynman

These autobiographical essays by physicist Richard Feynman show us the formation of a genius. Introduced by Brian Cox.

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An Expression of the American Mind book

An Expression of the American Mind

Thomas Jefferson

Exclusive to Folio, this collection presents the best of Jefferson’s writings in chronological order.

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Between Silk and Cyanide book

Between Silk and Cyanide

Leo Marks

Unpublished until 1998 because of the Official Secrets Act, Leo Marks's memoir of his time as part of SOE has been acclaimed as one of the greatest accounts of espionage in the Second World War. An unforgettable story of heroism under fire, gallows humour, unswerving loyalty and fatal mistakes.

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The Campaigns of Alexander book

The Campaigns of Alexander


Written in the 2nd century AD and featuring a new preface by Annabel Lyon, this account of Alexander's conquests is a classic of ancient military history.

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Conrad's Congo book

Conrad's Congo

Joseph Conrad

Unique to Folio, this collection explores the genesis of Heart of Darkness. With an introduction by Conrad expert J. H. Stape and contemporary photographs.

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John Adams book

John Adams

James Grant

John Adams - revolutionist, political theorist. One of four acclaimed biographies of America's Founding Fathers in a superb Folio collection.

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Benjamin Franklin book

Benjamin Franklin

Walter Isaacson

Benjamin Franklin was an unrivalled polymath and the intellectual architect of many revolutionary ideas, yet he started his career as a runaway with a few coins in his pocket. This acclaimed biography is part of a Folio collection of America's Founding Fathers.

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George Washington book

George Washington

Joseph J. Ellis

George Washington, commander-in-chief of the army and America's first president, remains the most celebrated figure in the pantheon of the American Revolution. Ellis’s aim was to create ‘not another epic, but rather a fresh portrait’. The result is a landmark work.

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Gandhi: An Autobiography book

Gandhi: An Autobiography

M.K. Gandhi

In his inspiring account of the first half of his life, Gandhi recounts his childhood in India, education in England and early legal career in South Africa, before his return home to take up the cause of Indian self-determination.

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The Meaning of Hitler book

The Meaning of Hitler

Sebastian Haffner

Sebastian Haffner’s penetrating study helps us understand Hitler’s rise from obscure failure to powerful dictator, examining his motives and his ultimate downfall. Mark Roseman, prize-winning author of books on Nazism, introduces the Folio edition.

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No Cloak, No Dagger book

No Cloak, No Dagger

Benjamin Cowburn

A magnificent, spirited portrait of life as a secret agent in occupied France.

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Talleyrand book


Alfred Duff Cooper

An aristocrat who became a revolutionary; a churchman with a string of mistresses and an addiction to gambling; a trusted minister of Napoleon – this extraordinary figure is known to history simply as Talleyrand. First published in 1932 and never out of print since, this biography is both a literary and a historical classic.

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Travels with Herodotus book

Travels with Herodotus

Ryszard Kapuściński

From the civil wars in Africa to revolutions in the Middle East, in the Cold War if there was a major news story Ryszard Kapuściński was there, always with a copy of Herodotus' Histories in his luggage. In this fascinating memoir Kapuściński compares his experiences with those of Herodotus writing over a fifteen hundred years before him.

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