Part of Oxford University Press’ “Very Short Introductions” to just about everything, Michael Carrithers’ book The Buddha is clear and easy to read—and, as promised—short:120 pages). Considering context and source materials, it is much more than a biography.
Karen Armstrong’s lively and appreciative biography The Buddha was a New York Times best seller. Scholar, writer, and sometime journalist, Armstrong has also written fluently and sympathetically about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, focusing on ethical commitments and interpreting unfamiliar lifeways. In this book she offers a blend of early records and later legends as a biography of the founder of Buddhism.