* Recent Releases *

Notable recent releases are listed below. Links to third-party reviews and a publisher’s synopsis may be provided for selected biographies.
This list was updated October 1, 2020.

Notable 2020 Releases:

James Baker III The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III by Peter Baker Sept 29
Herman Bavnick Bavnick: A Critical Biography by James Eglinton Sept 29
Siegfried Kracauer Kracuer: A Biography by Jörg Später Sept 23
Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. The Last Brahmin: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. and the Making of the Cold War by Luke Nichter Sept 22
William Faulkner The Life of William Faulkner: This Alarming Paradox, 1935-1962 (Vol 2) by Carl Rollyson Sept 22
Malcolm McLaren The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren by Paul Gorman Sept 22
Ernest Hemingway The Man Who Wasn’t There: A Life of Ernest Hemingway by Richard Bradford Sept 8
Beethoven Beethoven, A Life by John Caeyers (transl. by Brent Annable) Sept 8
Rembrandt Young Rembrandt: A Biography by Onno Blom (transl. by Beverley Jackson) Sept 8
Toussaint Louverture Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture by Sudhir Hazareesingh Sept 1
Susan B. Anthony Susan B. Anthony: A Biography by Kathleen Barry Sept 1
Louis XIV King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV by Philip Mansel Sept 1
Hitler Hitler: Downfall: 1939-1945 (Vol 2) by Volker Ulrich Sept 1
Habsburg Family The Habsburgs: To Rule the World by Martyn Rady Aug 25
John Lewis His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham Aug 25
Henry Kissinger Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography by Thomas Schwartz Aug 25
Little Richard The Big Life of Little Richard by Mark Ribowsky Aug 25
Timothy Findley Tiff: A Life of Timothy Findley by Sherrill Grace Aug 25
Zygmunt Bauman Bauman: A Biography by Izabela Wagner Aug 17
Izzy Stone Izzy: A Biography of I.F. Stone by Robert Cottrell Aug 14
Nathalie Sarraute Nathalie Surraute: A Life Between by Ann Jefferson Aug 11
Margaret Beaufort Uncrowned Queen: The Life of Margaret Beaufort, Mother of the Tudors by Nicola Tallis July 28
Butch Cassidy Butch Cassidy: The True Story by Charles Leehrsen July 14
Coco Chanel Chanel: Her Life by Justine Picardie July 14
Henry III Henry III: The Rise to Power and Personal Rule by David Carpenter July 14
Joe McCarthy Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy by Larry Tye July 7
Francis Poulenc Poulenc: A Biography by Roger Nichols June 9
Henry Longfellow Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Nicholas Basbanes June 2
Wm Sherman The Scourge of War: The Life of William Tecumseh Sherman by Brian Holden Reid June 1
Eleanor of Aquitaine Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France and England, Mother of Empires by Sara Cockerill June 1
Sam Colt Revolver: Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter that Changed America by Jim Rasenberger May 26
John Maynard Keynes The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes by Zachary Carter May 19
William Wordsworth Radical Wordsworth: The Poet Who Changed the World by Jonathan Bate May 19
James Longstreet
The Confederacy’s Most Modern General: James Longstreet and the American Civil War by Harold Knudsen May 15
Jerry Brown
Man of Tomorrow: The Relentless Life of Jerry Brown by Jim Newton May 12
Pauli Murray Pauli Murray: A Personal and Political Life by Troy Saxby May 11
Nat King Cole
Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Life and Music of Nat King Cole by Will Friewald May 1
John Roebling
Engineering America: The Life and Times of John A. Roebling by Richard Haw May 1
Henry Kissinger The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World by Barry Gewen Apr 28
Andy Warhol Warhol by Blake Gopnik Apr 28
Yogi Berra Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask by Jon Pessah Apr 14
Doris Duke The Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke by Sallie Bingham Apr 7
David I David I: King of Scots, 1124-1153 by Richard Oram Apr 6
Beethoven From Silence to Sound: Beethoven’s Beginnings by Jeremy Yudkin Mar 24
Gunzberg family
The Gunzbergs: A Family Biography by Lorraine de Meaux Mar 24
William Faulkner The Life of William Faulkner: The Past is Never Dead, 1897-1934 by Carl Rollyson Mar 24
Robert Stone Child of Light: A Biography of Robert Stone by Madison Smartt Bell Mar 17
Henry VIII Henry VIII: The Decline and Fall of a Tyrant by Robert Hutchinson Mar 3
Joe Louis Joe Louis: The Rise and Fall of the Brown Bomber by Thomas Myler Mar 1
Piero di Lorenzo de Medici Piero di Lorenzo de’ Medici and the Crisis of Renaissance Italy by Alison Brown Feb 27
Dalai Lama The Dalai Lama: An Extraordinary Life by Alexander Norman Feb 25
Dave Brubeck Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time by Philip Clark Feb 18
Ben Franklin Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership by Edward Larson Feb 11
George Orwell Becoming George Orwell by John Rodden Feb 4
Calamity Jane Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane by Karen R. Jones Feb 4
Karl Lagerfeld Kaiser Karl: The Life of Karl Lagerfeld by Raphaella Bacque Feb 1
Josef Mengele Mengele: Unmasking the “Angel of Death” by David Marwell Jan 28
Dante Dante by John Took Jan 28
John Fremont Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Fremont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War by Steve Inskeep Jan 14

Notable 2019 Releases:

Sidney Lumet Sidney Lumet: A Life by Maura Spiegel Dec 10
Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf: And the Women Who Shaped Her World by Gillian Gill Dec 3
Mary Ball Washington Mary Ball Washington: The Untold Story of George Washington’s Mother by Craig Shirley Dec 3
Melania Trump Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography by Kate Bennett Dec 3
Cartier family The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire by Francesca Cartier Nov 26
Richard III Richard III: The Self-Made King by Michael Hicks Nov 26
Horace Greeley Horace Greeley: Print, Politics, and the Failure of American Nationhood by James Lundberg Nov 19
Walter Ralegh Walter Ralegh: Architect of Empire by Alan Gallay Nov 19
Carrie Fisher Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge by Sheila Weller Nov 12
Ralph Lauren Ralph Lauren: In His Own Fashion by Alan Flusser Nov 12
Prince Charles King Charles: The Man, the Monarch, and the Future of Britain by Robert Jobson Nov 12
Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher: Herself Alone: The Authorized Biography (Vol 3) by Charles Moore Nov 12
Marie-Antoinette Marie-Antoinette: The Making of a French Queen by John Hardman Oct 29
Janis Joplin Janis: Her Life and Music by Holly George-Warren Oct 22
Houdini The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski Oct 22
Thomas Edison Edison by Edmund Morris Oct 22
Hitler Hitler by Peter Longerich Oct 3
Hitler Hitler: A Global Biography by Brenda Simms Oct 1
Earl Warren Earl Warren: A Life of Truth and Justice by D. J. Herda Sept 24
David Ben-Gurion A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion by Tom Segev Sept 24
Charlemagne King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne by Janet Nelson Sept 17
Susan Sontag Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser Sept 17
Thomas Paine Thomas Paine and the Clarion Call for Independence by Harlow Unger Sept 10
Conde Nast Conde Nast: The Man and His Empire – A Biography by Susan Ronald Sept 3
George Gershwin Summertime: George Gershwin’s Life in Music by Richard Crawford Sept 3
Prince Albert Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy by A.N. Wilson Sept 3
Alexander the Great Alexander the Great: His Life and His Mysterious Death by Anthony Everitt Aug 27
Simone de Beauvoir Becoming Beauvoir: A Life by Kate Kirkpatrick Aug 22
Johnny Cash Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon by Greg Laurie Aug 20
PT Barnum Barnum: An American Life by Robert Wilson Aug 6
Walter Bagehot Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian by James Grant July 23
Stonewall Jackson Searching for Stonewall Jackson: A Quest for Legacy in a Divided America by Ben Cleary July 16
JFK Jr. America’s Reluctant Price: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr. by Steven Gillon July 9
George Marshall George Marshall: Defender of the Republic by David Roll July 9
Beethoven Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary by John Clubbe July 9
Karl Marx Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society (Vol 1) by Michael Heinrich July 2
Tchaikovsky Tchaikovsky: The Man Revealed by John Suchet July 2
John Nicolay John George Nicolay: The Man in Lincoln’s Shadow by Allen Carden June 28
Charles V Emperor: A New Life of Charles V by Geoffrey Parker June 25
Mark Twain The Life of Mark Twain: The Middle Years (Vol 2) by Gary Scharnhorst June 21
Fidel Castro Young Castro: The Making of a Revolutionary by Jonathan Hansen June 18
Frederick the Second Frederick the Second: Wonder of the World, 1194-1250 by Ernst Kantorowicz June 13
Joe Frazier Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier by Mark Kram Jr. June 4
Richard III Richard III: Loyalty Binds Me by Matthew Lewis June 1
George Orwell George Orwell: A Life by Bernard Crick May 30
Oliver Wendell Holmes Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law and Ideas by Stephen Budiansky May 28
Mickey Mantle Mantle: The Best There Ever Was by Tony Castro May 22
Franz Kafka Franz Kafka: The Untold Story by George Fabian May 9
Henry VI The Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI by Lauren Johnson May 7
Dr. Seuss Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodore Giesel and the Making of an American Imagination by Brian Jay Jones May 7
Richard Holbrooke Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer May 7
George Mason George Mason: The Founding Father Who Gave Us the Bill of Rights by William Hyland Jr. May 7
Ridley Scott Ridley Scott: A Biography by Vincent LoBrutto Apr 22
John McCain Sr Admiral John S. McCain and the Triumph of Naval Air Power by William Trimble Apr 15
Birch Bayh Birch Bayh: Making a Difference by Robert Blaemire Apr 12
Chaucer Chaucer: A European Life by Marion Turner Apr 9
Barbara Bush The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty by Susan Page Apr 2 New Release Alert
Jimmy Page Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography by Chris Salewicz Apr 2
Ernie Banks Let’s Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks by Ron Rapoport Mar 26
John Roberts The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts by Joan Biskupic Mar 26
Buffalo Bill Buffalo Bill Cody, A Man of the West by Prentiss Ingraham Mar 21
Henrik Ibsen Henrik Ibsen: The Man and the Mask by Ivo de Figueiredo Mar 20
Sandra Day O’Connor First: Sandra Day O’Connor by Evan Thomas Mar 19 New Release Alert
YSL Yves Saint Laurent: A Biography by Laurence Benaim Mar 19
Mel Brooks Funny Man: Mel Brooks by Patrick McGilligan Mar 19
Bill Proxmire Proxmire: Bulldog of the Senate by Jonathan Kasparek Mar 18
Eric Clapton Eric Clapton: A Life in Music by Marc Roberty Mar 15
Amon Carter Amon Carter: A Lone Star Life by Brian Cervantez Mar 7
Louis XIV Louis XIV: The Power and Glory by Josephine Wilkinson Mar 5
Vivien Leigh Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh by Alan Strachan Feb 28
Ernie Banks Let’s Play Two: The Life and Times of Ernie Banks by Doug Wilson Feb 15
Sarah Polk Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk by Amy Greenberg Feb 5
Walter F. George A Giant From Georgia: The Life of U.S. Senator Walter F. George by Jamie Cockfield Feb 1
Jackie Robinson A Fine Team Man: Jackie Robinson and the Lives He Touched by Joe Cox Feb 1
George Michael Careless Whispers: The Life and Career of George Michael by Robert Steele Jan 31
Light-Horse Harry Lee The Rise and Fall of a Revolutionary Hero – The Tragic Life of Robert E. Lee’s Father by Ryan Cole Jan 15

Notable 2018 Releases:

Queen Eliz II Queen of the World by Robert Hardman Dec 25
Alexander the Great Soldier, Priest, and God: A Life of Alexander the Great by F. S. Naiden Dec 13
Daniel Morgan Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life by Albert Zambone Dec 12
Rock Hudson All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson by Mark Griffin Dec 4
Napoleon The Caesar of Paris: Napoleon Bonapart by Susan Jaques Dec 4
John Lennon Being John Lennon: A Restless Life by Ray Connolly Nov 27
Winston Churchill Churchill by Andrew Roberts Nov 27 Third party reviews
Che Guevara Che: A Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson Nov 13
Al Gore, Sr. Albert Gore, Sr.: A Political Life by Anthony Badger Nov 13
John Marshall John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court by Richard Brookhiser Nov 13
Clay, Webster, Calhoun Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster by H.W. Brands Nov 13
William Penn William Penn: A Life by Andrew Murphy Nov 8
Saul Below The Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife by Zachary Leader Nov 6
Thomas Cromwell Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch Oct 30
Eric Clapton Slowhand: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton by Philip Norman Oct 30
Nietzsche I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Nietzsche by Sue Prideax Oct 30
Johnny Cash Johnny Cash: The Life and Legacy of the Man in Black by Alan Light Oct 30
Debussy Debussy: A Painter in Sound by Stephen Walsh Oct 23
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life by Jane Sherron de Hart Oct 16
Chopin Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times by Dr. Alan Walker Oct 16
Babe Ruth The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created by Jane Leavy Oct 16
Napoleon Napoleon: A Life by Adam Zamoyski Oct 16
Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight Oct 16
Picasso Picasso: An Intimate Portrait by Olivier Widmaier Picasso Oct 16
Oscar Wilde Oscar: A Biography by Matthew Sturgis Oct 4
Thelonious Monk Monk!: Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship Behind a Musical Revolution by Youssef Daoudi Sept 25
Eliza Hamilton Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton by Tilar J. Mazzeo Sept 18
Wendell Willkie The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country by David Levering Lewis Sept 18
Benjamin Franklin Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity by Nick Bunker Sept 18
Schumann Schumann: The Faces and the Masks by Judith Chernalk Sept 18
Betty Ford Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer by Lisa McCubbin Sept 11
Adam Smith Adam Smith: Father of Economics by Jesse Norman Sept 11
Benjamin Rsh Dr. Benjamin Rush: The Founding Father Who Healed a Wounded Nation by Harlow Unger Sept 11
Benjamin Rush Rush, Revolution, Madness and Benjamin Rush: The Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father by Stephen Fried Sept 4
Fred Rogers The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King Sept 4
Hubert Humphrey Hubert Humphrey: The Conscience of the Country by Arnold Offner Aug 21
Arthur Ashe Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault Aug 21
Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon by Charles Casillo Aug 14
Charles de Gaulle De Gaulle by Julian Jackson Aug 13
Albert Gallatin Jefferson’s Genius: How Albert Gallatin Saved the New Nation From Debt by Gregory May Aug 7
Julius Caesar Julius Caesar: A Life by Patrician Southern Aug 1
Henry Clay Henry Clay: The Man Who Would Be President by James Klotter Aug 1
Nikola Tesla Prodigal Genius: The Extraordinary Life of Nikola Tesla by John O’Neill July 26
J.R.R. Tolkien Tolkein: Maker of Middle Earth by Catherine McIlwaine July 15
Errol Flynn Errol Flynn: An Epic Life by Kevin McAleer July 9
George Custer Custer: The Making of a Young General by Edward Longacre July 3
Verdi Verdi: The Man Revealed by John Suchet July 3
Richard I Richard the Lionheart: The Crusader King of England by W B Bartlett July 1
Oscar Wilde Making Oscar Wilde by Michele Mendelssohn July 1
Mary Shelley In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Fiona Sampson June 5
Bruce Lee Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly June 5
Queen Eliz I Princess: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II by Jane Dismore June 1
Napoleon III The Shadow Emperor: A Biography of Napoleon III by Alan Strauss-Schom May 28
William Allen White Crusader for Democracy: The Political Life of William Allen White by Charles Delgadillo May 25
Harvey Milk Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death by Lillian Faderman May 22
Warren Spahn Warren Spahn: A Biography of the Legendary Lefty by Lew Freedman May 22
Robin Williams Robin by Dave Itzkoff May 15
Paul Simon Paul Simon: The Life by Robert Hilburn May 8
Benedict Arnold The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life by Joyce Lee Malcolm May 1
Karl Marx A World to Win: The Life and Works of Karl Marx by Sven-Eric Liedman May 1
Richard III Richard III: England’s Most Controversial King by Chris Skidmore Apr 24
Giuliano de Medici Giuliano de’ Medici: Machiavelli’s Prince in Life and Art by Josephine Jungic Apr 13
Francis I Francis I: The Maker of Modern France by Leonie Frieda Apr 10
John Wilkes Booth John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him by E. Lawrence Abel Apr 9
Barry White White Music: The Barry White Story by Tom Rubython Apr 7
Napoleon Napoleon: The Spirit of the Age: 1805-1810 (Vol 2) by Michael Broers Apr 3
Eunice Kennedy Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World by Eileen McNamara Apr 3
Jim Wright Speaker Jim Wright: Power, Scandal, and the Birth of Modern Politics by J. Brooks Flippen Apr 1
Anne Boleyn Anne Boleyn: Adultery, Heresy, Desire by Amy Licence Apr 1
Mark Twain The Life of Mark Twain: The Early Years (Vol 1) by Gary Scharnhorst Mar 30
Tiger Woods Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict Mar 27
Zbigniew Brzezinski Zbigniew Brzezinski: America’s Grand Strategist by Justin Vaisse Mar 26
Meriwether Lewis Bitterroot: The Life and Death of Meriwether Lewis by Patricia Tyson Stroud Mar 23
Agatha Christie Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson Mar 6
Apostle Paul Paul: A Biography by N. T. Wright Feb 27
Billy Graham A Prophet With Honor: The Billy Graham Story by William Martin Feb 20
John Marshall Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times by Joel Richard Paul Feb 20 Third party reviews
Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass: America’s Prophet by D H Dilbeck Feb 14
Princess Margaret Princess Margaret: A Life of Contrasts by Christopher Warwick Feb 6
Kirk Kerkorian The Gambler: How Penniless Dropout Kirk Kerkorian Became the Greatest Dealmaker in Capitalist History by William Rempel Jan 23
Henry III Henry III: The Great King England Never Knew It Had by Darren Baker Jan 1

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1 thought on “* Recent Releases *”

  1. There is a new bio on John Marshall by Joel Richard Paul: Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times. I am not sure if it will supplant Baker or Smith though.

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