→ 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 small detour to catch up on some long-neglected fiction). This is my projected road-map for the upcoming year as of August 15, 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 REVIEW
(4 stars)
Ulysses S. Grant(*) Grant (2017) by Ron Chernow REVIEW
(4½ stars)
Winston Churchill Churchill: Walking with Destiny (2018) by Andrew Roberts REVIEW
(3¾ stars)
Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci (2017) by Walter Isaacson REVIEW
(4¼ stars)
John Tyler (*) President without a Party: The Life of John Tyler (2020) by Christopher Leahy REVIEW
(4¼ stars)
Sherman The Scourge of War: The Life of William Tecumseh Sherman (2020) by Brian Holden Reid late Aug
George Custer Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America (2015) by T.J. Stiles mid Sept
John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (1998) by Ron Chernow late Sept
Mark Twain Mark Twain: A Life (2005) by Ron Powers mid Oct
George Washington (*) Washington (1968 abridgment) by Douglas Southall Freeman late Oct
John Hay, John Nicolay Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image (2013) by Joshua Zeitz early Nov
Warren Buffett The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (2008) by Alice Schroeder late Nov
Andrew Jackson(*) The Rise of Andrew Jackson (2018) by David Heidler and Jeanne Heidler mid Dec
John Calhoun John C. Calhoun: American Portrait (1950) by Margaret Coit late Dec
Charles Lindbergh Lindbergh (1998) by A. Scott Berg tbd
Dwight Eisenhower(*) The Age of Eisenhower (2018) by William Hitchcock tbd
Henry Kissinger Kissinger: A Biography (1992) by Walter Isaacson tbd
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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