* 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 15, 2019.

Notable 2019 Releases:

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. 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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