Last Train to Memphis, by Peter GuralnickRead about the other books on the list.
"Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley" by Peter Guralnick (Back Bay Books, pp. 576) details Elvis's early years and tells the rags-to-riches story of his spectacular rise to success. The book's sequel, "Careless Love" follows the singer from his US Army service to his last days, offering a lucid yet sympathetic chronicle of his downfall.
Last Train to Memphis is one of Sanjeev Bhaskar's 6 best books; it also appears on Robert Fontenot, Jr.'s top ten list of Elvis Presley books and Bob Stanley's "critic's chart" of top books about Elvis.