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A "biography is a detailed description or account of someone's life. More than a list of basic facts (education, work, relationships, and death), a biography also portrays a subject's experience of these events. Unlike a profile or "curriculum vitae ("résumé), a biography presents a subject's life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of a subject's personality.

Biographical works are usually non-fiction, but fiction can also be used to portray a person's life. One in-depth form of biographical coverage is called legacy writing. Biographical works in diverse media—from literature to film—form the "genre known as biography.

An authorized biography is written with the permission, cooperation, and, at times, participation of a subject or a subject's heirs.

An "autobiography is about a life of a subject, written by that subject or sometimes with a collaborator.

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"Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross, c. 1820 – March 10, 1913) was an "African-American "abolitionist, "humanitarian, and "Union spy during the "US Civil War. After escaping from slavery, into which she was born, she made thirteen missions to rescue some seventy slaves using a network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the "Underground Railroad. She later helped "John Brown recruit men for his raid on "Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for "women's suffrage. ("Read more...)

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Credit: "International Monetary Fund (photographer uncredited)

"Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (born June 13, 1954) is a globally renowned "Nigerian economist best known for her two terms as "Finance Minister of Nigeria and for her work at the "World Bank, including several years as one of its Managing Directors. She briefly held the position of "Foreign Minister of Nigeria in 2006.

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