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The best biographies and memoirs of 2019

As part of Prospect's Books of the Year special, we round up the best memoirs and biographies

By Prospect Team   Winter Special

Prospect's best books about lives—biographies or otherwise—from 2019. Photo: Prospect composite

Few historians’ lives were as dramatic as Eric Hobsbawm’s. As Richard J Evans charts in his generally admiring Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History (Little, Brown), the Marxist’s loyalties were forged in the ideological battleground of 1930s Germany. After moving to England, he swiftly became a star of post-war history but never left the Communist Party. He knew his first marriage was in trouble, Evans says, when his wife gave him Nineteen Eighty-Four for Christmas.

Simone de Beauvoir’s…

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