→ My 2020 Road Map ←

After completing my Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies last year, I turned my attention to the best biographies of anyone (with a detour late last year to catch up on long-neglected fiction). This is my projected road-map for the upcoming year as of May 10, 2020.

Blue titles indicate Pulitzer Prize WINNERS.  Blue italicized titles indicate Pulitzer Prize finalists. Bold indicates a new release.

Thomas Jefferson(*) Thomas Jefferson: A Life (1993) by Willard Sterne Randall REVIEW
(3½ stars)
William Henry Seward Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man (2012) by Walter Stahr REVIEW
(3½ stars)
Walt Disney Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination (2006) by Neal Gabler REVIEW
(4¼ stars)
FDR (*) Man of Destiny: FDR and the Making of the American Century (2015) by Alonzo Hamby REVIEW
(3½ stars)
George Patton Patton: A Genius for War (1995) by Carlo D’Este REVIEW
(4 stars)
Andrew Carnegie Andrew Carnegie (2006) by David Nasaw REVIEW
(4¼ stars)
Herbert Hoover(*) Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency (2016) by Charles Rappleye REVIEW
(4 stars)
JP Morgan Morgan: American Financier (1999) by Jean Strouse REVIEW
(3 stars)
James Monroe(*) James Monroe: A Life (2020) by Tim McGrath REVIEW
(3¾ stars)
Queen Victoria Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire (2016) by Julia Baird mid May
Ulysses S. Grant(*) Grant (2017) by Ron Chernow early May
John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (1998) by Ron Chernow late May
George Custer Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America (2015) by T.J. Stiles mid June
George Washington (*) Washington (1968 abridgment) by Douglas Southall Freeman late June
Winston Churchill Churchill: Walking with Destiny (2018) by Andrew Roberts late July
Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci (2017) by Walter Isaacson mid Aug
Robert Morris Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution (2010) by Charles Rappleye late Aug
Mark Twain Mark Twain: A Life (2005) by Ron Powers mid Sept
John Adams(*) The Education of John Adams (2020) by R. B. Bernstein late Sept
John Hay, John Nicolay Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image (2013) by Joshua Zeitz early Oct
Warren Buffett The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (2008) by Alice Schroeder late Oct
Andrew Jackson(*) The Rise of Andrew Jackson (2018) by David Heidler and Jeanne Heidler mid Nov
John Calhoun John C. Calhoun: American Portrait (1950) by Margaret Coit late Nov
Charles Lindbergh Lindbergh (1998) by A. Scott Berg early Dec
Dwight Eisenhower(*) The Age of Eisenhower (2018) by William Hitchcock mid Dec
Henry Kissinger Kissinger: A Biography (1992) by Walter Isaacson late Dec
Sir Walter Raleigh Sir Walter Raleigh (2002) by Raleigh Trevelyan tbd
Jimmy Carter(*) His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life (2020) by Jonathan Alter tbd
John Marshall John Marshall: Definer of a Nation (1996) by Jean Edward Smith tbd
John Wayne John Wayne: American (1995) by Randy Roberts tbd
William McKinley(*) President McKinley: Architect of the American Century (2017) by Robert Merry tbd
Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt: The Early Years (1884-1933) (Vol 1) (1992) by Blanche Wiesen Cook [2021]
Eleanor Roosevelt: The Defining Years (1933-1938) (Vol 2) (1999) by Blanche Wiesen Cook [2021]
Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After (1939-1962) (Vol 3) (2016) by Blanche Wiesen Cook [2021]

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

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