This exhilarating book has never been surpassed as a portrait of Oliver Cromwell and his times.
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.
Unpublished until 1998 because of the Official Secrets Act, Leo Marks's memoir of his time as part of SOE has been acclaimed as one of the greatest accounts of espionage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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.