Author: Frederick Douglass
Guaranteed to improve: Your ability to overcome the odds (because no matter how bad you have it, you weren't a slave).
While all of us resent being compared to our older silbings, at least be thankful that Frederick Douglass wasn't your older brother. This, the third autobiography published by Douglass, not only delves deeply into Douglass's time as a slave, but also works through the laundry list of accomplishments in Douglass's life afterwards.
The events that Douglass had a hand in during the years surrounding the Civil War read like a history of the period, as he was involved in the Underground Railroad, he had a relationship with John Brown, he assisted in recruiting the 54th and 55th Massachusetts regiments, and was appointed as a U.S. Marshall, just to name a few.