If I have one literary weakness (aside from Hemingway, of course), it’s big, comprehensive biographies of fascinating cultural figures. I’m always up for a deep dive into the remarkable lives of people who’ve shaped our history—be they musicians, writers, actors, inventors, or journalists—and the way we see, hear, and live in the world. Here’s a list of books about iconic Americans who have done just that.
Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, David McCullough tells the dramatic behind-the-scenes-story of Wilbur and Orville Wright, the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly. David McCullough was awarded in 2006.