* Recent Releases *

Notable recent releases are listed below. Links to third-party reviews and a publisher’s synopsis will be provided for selected biographies.
Last updated January 22, 2018.

Henry III Henry III: The Great King England Never Knew It Had by Darren Baker Jan 1, 2018
Charles Darwin Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker by A. N. Wilson Dec 12, 2017 3rd-party reviews
Masaji Ishikawa A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa Dec 1 3rd-party reviews
Laura Ingalls Wilder Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser Nov 21 3rd-party reviews
Omar Bradley Omar Nelson Bradley: America’s GI General by Steven Ossad Nov 19
Claire L’Heureux-Dube Claire L’Heureux-Dube: A Life by Constance Backhouse Nov 11
Lenin Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror by Victor Sebestyen Nov 7 3rd-party reviews
Renoir Renoir: An Intimate Biography by Barbara White Nov 7 3rd-party reviews
Richard Henry Lee First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee and the Call for Independence by Harlow Unger Nov 7  3rd-party reviews
RFK Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews Oct 31 3rd-party reviews
George Michael Careless Whispers: The Life & Career of George Michael by Robert Steele Oct 19
Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson Oct 17 New Release Alert
James Wright James Wright: A Life in Poetry by Jonathan Blunk Oct 17 3rd-party reviews
Arthur Vandenberg Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century by Hendrik Meijer Oct 16
Al Hirschfeld Al Hirschfeld: The Biography by Ellen Stern Oct 10
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian by Richard Aldous Oct 10 3rd-party reviews
Lou Reed Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis Oct 10
Khrushchev Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman Oct 5
Muhammad Ali Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig Oct 3 3rd-party reviews
Martin Luther Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World by Eric Metaxas Oct 3
Harry Houdini Houdini: The Life and Times of the World’s Greatest Magician by Charlotte Montague Sept 26
Gandhi Gandhi: An Illustrated Biography by Pramod Kapoor Sept 19
Stan Lee Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel by Bob Batchelor Sept 15
George Romney George Romney: An American Life by Patrick Foster Sept 15
David Bowie David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones Sept 12 3rd-party reviews
Gorbachev Gorbachev: His Life and Times by William Taubman Sept 7 3rd-party reviews
Newt Gingrich Citizen Newt: The Making of a Reagan Conservative by Craig Shirley Aug 29
Al Green Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green by Jimmy McDonough Aug 29
Winston Churchill Churchill the Young Warrior by John Harte Aug 22
Edwin Stanton Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary by Walter Stahr Aug 8 3rd-party reviews
Mozart Mozart: The Man Revealed by John Suchet Aug 8
Hannibal Hannibal by Patrick Hunt Jul 11
Jane Austen Jane Austen at Home: A Biography by Lucy Worsley Jul 11
Isaac Newton Priest of Nature: The Religious Worlds of Isaac Newton by Rob Lliffe Jul 10
Thoreau Henry David Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow Walls Jul 7 3rd-party reviews
Martin Luther Martin Luther: Rebel in an Age of Upheaval by Heinz Schilling Jul 1
Washington Roebling Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge by Erica Wagner Jun 27
Barack Obama Obama: The Call of History by Peter Baker Jun 27 3rd-party reviews
Toscanini Toscanini: Musician of Conscience by Harvey Sachs Jun 27 3rd-party reviews
Marlene Dietrich Marlene Dietrich: The Life by Maria Riva Jun 6
F. Scott Fitzgerald Paradise Lost: A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald by David Brown May 22
Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway: A Biography by Mary Dearborn May 16 3rd-party reviews
Otis Redding Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life by Jonathan Gould May 16
Goethe Goethe: Life as a Work of Art by Rüdiger Safranski May 16
Joe DiMaggio Dinner with DiMaggio: Memories of An American Hero by Rock Positano May 9
Wm F Buckley Jr A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr. by Alvin Felzenberg May 2
Edward IV The Private Life of Edward IV by John Ashdown-Hill May 1
Henry VIII Henry VIII: The Son of Magna Carta by Matthew Lewis May 1
Hitler Hitler: The Man Behind the Monster by Michael Kerrigan May 1
Czeslaw Milosz Milosz: A Biography by Andrjez Franaszek Apr 24
Ernest Hemingway Hemingway’s Brain by Andrew Farah Apr 18
Robert Frost Life of Robert Frost by Henry Hart Apr 17
Prince Charles Prince Charles: Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith Apr 4
Casey Stengel Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character by Marty Appel Mar 28
Leonardo da Vinci
Becoming Leonardo: An Exploded View of the Life of Leonardo da Vinci by Mike Lankford Mar 28
Leo Durocher Leo Durocher: Baseball’s Prodigal Son by Paul Dickson Mar 21
Elvis Presley Being Elvis: A Lonely Life by Ray Connolly Mar 21
Dean Acheson
Dean Acheson and the Obligations of Power by Michael Hopkins Mar 17
Charlton Heston Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon by Marc Eliot Mar 14
Martin Luther Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet by Lyndal Roper Mar 14
Yitzhak Rabin Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman by Itamar Rabinovich Mar 5
Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy by David Cannadine Mar 1
Jonathan Swift Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel by John Stubbs Feb 28
Hermann Rorschach The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing by Damion Searls Feb 21 Release Alert
William Faulkner William Faulker: A Life Through Novels by Andre Bleikasten Feb 13
Dean Smith Dean Smith: A Basketball Life by Jeff Davis Feb 7
Eva Peron Evita: The Life of Eva Peron by Jill Hedges Jan 30
Montaigne Montaigne: A Life by Philippe Desan Jan 24 Release Alert
Albert Schweitzer Albert Schweitzer: A Biography by Nils Ole Oermann Jan 24
Thoreau Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau by Kevin Dann Jan 3 3rd-party reviews
Mario Cuomo Mario Cuomo: Remembrances of a Remarkable Man by William O’Shaughnessy Jan 2
Prince Prince: Purple Reign by Mick Wall Dec 27, 2016 Release Alert
David Bowie The Golden Years: David Bowie by Roger Griffin Dec 20 Release Alert
George Lucas George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones Dec 6 Release Alert
Rasputin Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs by Douglas Smith Nov 22 Release Alert
Queen Victoria Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird Nov 22 Release Alert
Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton: The Illustrated Biography by Richard Sylla Nov 15 Release Alert
Freud Freud: In His Time and Ours by Elisabeth Roudinesco Nov 7 Release Alert
Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After (1939-1962) (Volume 3) by Blanche Wiesen Cook Nov 1 Release Alert
Peter O’Toole Peter O’Toole: The Definitive Biography by Robert Sellers Nov 1 3rd-party reviews
Bach Bach: A Musical Biography by Peter Williams Oct 31 Release Alert
Brett Favre Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre by Jeff Pearlman Oct 25 Release Alert
Al Capone Al Capone: His Life, Legacy and Legend by Deirdre Bair Oct 25 Release Alert
Einstein Einstein’s Greatest Mistake: A Biography by David Bodanis Oct 18 Release Alert
Enrico Fermi The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age by Gino Segre Oct 18 Release Alert
Edith Wilson Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson by William Hazelgrove Oct 17 Release Alert
Alan Greenspan The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan by Sebastian Mallaby Oct 11 Release Alert
Ulysses Grant American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White, Jr. Oct 4 3rd-party reviews
Karl Marx Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion by Gareth Stedman Jones Oct 3 3rd-party reviews
Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair that Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn Sept 27 3rd-party reviews
Winston Churchill Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard Sept 20 3rd-party reviews
FDR & Missy LeHand The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR and the Untold Story of the Partnership that Defined a Presidency by Kathryn Smith Sept 6 3rd-party reviews
Hitler Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939 by Volker Ullrich Sept 6  3rd-party reviews
FDR His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt by Joseph Lelyveld Sept 6
Robert Kennedy Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye July 5
George W. Bush Bush by Jean Edward Smith July 5 3rd-party reviews

Not every recently-released biography will end up as part of my collection of the very best biographies.

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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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