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Blue titles indicate Pulitzer Prize WINNERS.  Blue italicized titles indicate Pulitzer Prize finalists. Orange indicates a new or recent release.
Updated July 26, 2021 (completed books are sorted by rating).

Congratulations to “The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X” – winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in biography!

Nicholas II & Alexandra Romanov Nicholas and Alexandra: The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1967) by Robert Massie REVIEW
(4½ stars)
F. Scott Fitzgerald Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald (1981) by Matthew Bruccoli REVIEW
(4½ stars)
Malcolm X The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X (2020) by Les & Tamara Payne REVIEW
(4¼ stars)
John Calhoun John C. Calhoun: American Portrait (1950) by Margaret Coit REVIEW
(4¼ stars)
Tecumseh Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation (2020) by Peter Cozzens REVIEW
(4¼ stars)
Charles Lindbergh Lindbergh (1998) by A. Scott Berg REVIEW
(4 stars)
Nancy Reagan The Triumph of Nancy Reagan (2021) by Karen Tumulty REVIEW
(4 stars)
Jimmy Carter(*) The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter (2021) by Kai Bird REVIEW
(4 stars)
Henry Adams The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams (2020) by David S. Brown REVIEW
(3¾ stars)
Dwight Eisenhower(*) The Age of Eisenhower (2018) by William Hitchcock REVIEW
(3¾ stars)
John Hay All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay (2013) by John Taliaferro REVIEW
(3½ stars)
Wm McKinley(*) President McKinley: Architect of the American Century (2017) by Robert Merry
(3½ stars)
Lady Bird Johnson Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight (2021) by Julia Sweig REVIEW
(3½ stars)
Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (2018) by David Blight REVIEW
(3½ stars)
JQA(*) John Quincy Adams: American Visionary (2014) by Fred Kaplan REVIEW
(3½ stars)
John Steinbeck Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck (2020) by William Souder REVIEW
(3¼ stars)
Harry Truman(*) The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months that Changed the World (2017) by A.J. Baime REVIEW
(3 stars)
James Madison(*) The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partian, President (2017) by Noah Feldman early Aug
Patrick Henry Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty (2017) by John Kukla mid Aug
Napoleon Napoleon: A Life (2014) by Andrew Roberts late Aug
Thomas Jefferson(*) Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty (2017) by John Boles early Sept
George Marshall George Marshall: Defender of the Republic (2019) by David Roll late Sept
Abraham Lincoln(*) Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln (2014) by Richard Brookhiser early Oct
Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde: A Life (2021) by Matthew Sturgis late Oct
Alexis de Tocqueville Alexis de Tocqueville: A Life (2006) by Hugh Brogan early Nov
Salmon Chase Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln’s Vital Rival (2021) by Walter Stahr mid Nov
FDR(*) Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life (2017) by Robert Dallek
early Dec
Charles de Gaulle The Last Great Frenchman: A Life of General de Gaulle (1996) by Charles Williams mid Dec
Sam Houston Sam Houston (2002) by James Haley late Dec

* Follow-up biography for my Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies

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