Now that I’ve finished my six-year Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies I plan to tackle the best biographies of everyone else.
This is my projected road-map for the first year of the journey (updated April 16, 2019) including estimated dates of completion.
Blue titles indicate Pulitzer Prize WINNERS. Blue italicized titles indicate Pulitzer Prize finalists.
|Alexander Hamilton||Alexander Hamilton (2004) by Ron Chernow||REVIEW (5 stars)|
|Henry Ward Beecher||The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher (2006) by Debby Applegate||REVIEW (3½ stars)|
|Ulysses S. Grant (*)||American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant (2106) by Ronald C. White, Jr.||REVIEW (4 stars)|
|Henry Clay||Henry Clay: A Statesman for the Union (1991) by Robert Remini||REVIEW (3¾ stars)|
|Steve Jobs||Steve Jobs (2011) by Walter Isaacson||April 19|
|John Quincy Adams (*)||John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit (2016) by James Traub||May 1|
|Joseph P. Kennedy||The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy (2012) by David Nasaw||May 15|
|Mozart||Mozart: A Life (1995) by Maynard Solomon||May 25|
|James Madison (*)||James Madison: A Life Reconsidered (2014) by Lynne Cheney||June 3|
|Robert Moses||The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (1974) by Robert Caro||June 23|
|Ben Franklin||The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (2000) by HW Brands||Jul 6|
|Thomas Jefferson (*)||Thomas Jefferson: A Life (1993) by Willard Sterne Randall||Jul 17|
|Meriwether Lewis||The Character of Meriwether Lewis: Explorer in the Wilderness (2011) by Clay Jenkinson||Jul 25|
|Einstein||Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007) by Walter Isaacson||Aug 4|
|FDR (*)||Man of Destiny: FDR and the Making of the American Century (2015) by Alonzo Hamby||Aug 12|
|George Patton||Patton: A Genius for War (1995) by Carlo D’Este||Aug 27|
|Andrew Carnegie||Andrew Carnegie (2006) by David Nasaw||Sept 10|
|Herbert Hoover (*)||Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency (2016) by Charles Rappleye||Sept 19|
|JP Morgan||Morgan: American Financier (1999) by Jean Strouse||Oct 2|
|Charles Lindbergh||Lindbergh (1998) by A. Scott Berg||Oct 12|
|Ulysses S. Grant (*)||Grant (2017) by Ron Chernow||Oct 29|
|John D. Rockefeller, Sr.||Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (1998) by Ron Chernow||Nov 10|
|George Custer||Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America (2015) by T. J. Stiles||Nov 19|
|George Washington (*)||Washington (1968 abridgment) by Douglas Southall Freeman||Dec 3|
|Robert Oppenheimer||American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2005) by Kai Bird||Dec 14|
|Winston Churchill||Churchill: Walking with Destiny (2018) by Andrew Roberts||Dec 31|
* Follow-up biography for my Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies.
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