As the eminently quotable Mark Twain once said, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” Here are four true-to-life stories of real people who lived amazing lives.

  • A cinematic dissertation on the many faces of South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela
  • The true story of a respected map dealer who spent years living a double life as a map thief
  • The life of an acclaimed British author who didn’t even begin her career until her sixth decade
  • A memoir about a WWII casualty of war, and the family that was left behind

These are lives to which we all can relate, and stories that help us see the exceptional nature of our own lives.


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