* Upcoming Releases *

Notable upcoming biographies are shown below (recent changes in bold).  A more exhaustive list focused on U.S. Presidents can be found here. This list was updated April 1, 2021.

Genl John Slough
John P. Slough: The Forgotten Civil War General by Richard Miller Apr 1
John Omohundro
Texas Jack: America’s First Cowboy Star by Matthew Kerns Apr 1
Louis Lomax
The Life and Times of Louis Lomax by Thomas Aiello Apr 2
George Berkeley
George Berkeley: A Philosophical Life by Tom Jones Apr 13
Nancy Pelosi
Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power by Susan Page Apr 20
Al Hirschfeld
Hirschfeld: The Biography by Ellen Stern Apr 20
Clarence Darrow
Darrow’s Nightmare: The Forgotten Story of America’s Most Famous Trial Lawyer by Nelson Johnson Apr 20
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Life She Wished to Live: A Biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings by Ann McCutchan Apr 27
Jim Bridger
Trailblazer of the American West by Jerry Enzler Apr 29
Fred Reines
Chasing the Ghost: Nobelist Fred Reines and the Neutrino by Leonard Cole Apr 30
Genl David Gregg
Unsung Hero of Gettysburg: The Story of Union General David McMurtrie Gregg by Edward Longacre May 1
Norman Jewison Norman Jewison: A Director’s Life by Ira Wells May 4
Karl Barth Karl Barth: A Life in Conflict by Christiane Tietz May 4
Henrietta Szold To Repair a Broken World: The Life of Henrietta Szold by Dvora Hacohen May 11
Kurt Gödel Journey to the Edge of Reason: The Life of Kurt Gödel by Stephen Budiansky May 11
Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith for President: The Prophet, the Assassins, and the Fight for American Religious Freedom by Spencer McBride May 11
James Longstreet The Confederacy’s Most Modern General: James Longstreet by Harold Knudsen May 15
Georgina Weldon Georgina Weldon: The Fearless Life of a Victorian Celebrity by Joanna Martin May 21
Howard Kazanjian Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life by J. W. Rinzler May 25
Lucas Alaman A Life Together: Lucas Alaman and Mexico, 1792-1853 by Eric Van Young May 25
Vito Genovese The Deadly Don: Vito Genovese, Mafia Boss by Anthony DeStefano May 25
John Browning The Guns of John Moses Browning: The Remarkable Story of the Man Whose Firearms Changed the World by Nathan Gorenstein May 25
Thomas Sowell Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell by Jason L. Riley May 25
Charlotte Delbo Charlotte Delbo: A Life Reclaimed by Ghislaine Dunant May 28
Mary Wortley Montagu The Pioneering Life of Mary Wortley Montagu by Jo Willett May 30
Joseph Ritson Discovering Robin Hood: The Life of Joseph Ritson by Stephen Basdeo May 30
C.S. Lewis The Making of C.S. Lewis: From Atheist to Apologist by Harry Lee Poe June 1
Horace Stoneham Forty Years a Giant: The Life of Horace Stoneham by Steven Treder June 1
John Marshall Harlan The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan by Peter Canellos June 8
Ian Fleming The World is Not Enough: A Biography of Ian Fleming by Oliver Buckton June 15
Queen Elizabeth II The Queen by Matthew Dennison June 17
Nikolay Myaskovsky Nikolay Myaskovsky: A Composer and his Times by Patrick Zuk June 18
James Otis & Mercy Warren Minds and Hearts: The Story of James Otis Jr. and Mercy Otis Warren by Jeffrey Hacker June 25
Jayne Mansfield Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn’t Help It by Eve Golden June 29
Fernando Pessoa
Pessoa: A Biography by Richard Zenith July 13
Maria Theresa Maria Theresa: The Hapsburg Empress in Her Time by Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger July 13
Genl John Rawlins
General John A. Rawlins: No Ordinary Man by Allen Ottens Aug 3
Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron: A Life by Kristin Marguerite Doidge Aug 17
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Two-Way Mirror: The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning by Fiona Sampson Aug 17
Robt E Lee
Lee: A Biography by Allen Guelzo Sept 28
King George III
The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III by Andrew Roberts Nov 2
Amy Clampitt [Untitled] by Willard Spiegelman 2022
Edward Kennedy Against the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Rise of Conservatism (Vol 2) by Neal Gabler [2022]
Thurgood Marshall [Currently untitled] by A. Scott Berg
tbd
George Schultz [Currently untitled] by Philip Taubman tbd
Jim Thorpe [Currently untitled] by David Maraniss tbd
Mark Twain [Currently untitled] by Ron Chernow tbd
Henry Kissinger [Currently untitled – Kissinger volume II] by Niall Ferguson tbd
Ezra Taft Benson [Currently untitled] by Patrick Mason tbd
Joseph Smith [Currently untitled] by John Turner tbd
John Lewis [Currently untitled] by David Greenberg tbd
Gertrude Stein [Currently untitled] by Francesca Wade tbd
Magic Johnson [Currently untitled] by Roland Lazenby tbd
Peter O’Toole [Currently untitled] by Alexander Larman tbd
Anne Frank [Currently untitled] by Ruth Franklin
tbd
Alexander Twilight [Currently untitled] by Bill Hart
tbd
Christopher Hitchens [Currently untitled] by Stephen Phillips
tbd
Jean Rhys [Currently untitled] by Miranda Seymour
tbd
Stalin [Stalin: Miscalculation – Vol 3] by Stephen Kotkin tbd
James Weldon Johnson [Currently untitled] by David W. Blight
2024
John Brown [Currently untitled] by Walter Johnson [2024]

This list is derived from sources believed to be accurate; dates and titles are subject to change prior to publication.

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27 thoughts on “* Upcoming Releases *”

  1. Ronald Park said:

    William Taubman who did a biography of Khruschev in 2003 is coming out with a biography of Gorbachev in September.

    • Thanks for the tip – I recently added Taubman’s bio of Khrushchev to my “Related Reading” page on my sister website about presidential biographies. From what I gathered, that biography is excellent, so I can’t wait to see how he does with Gorbachev!

  2. Ronald Park said:

    David Levering Lewis is doing a biography of Wendell Willkie to be released on May 1, 2018.

  3. H.W. Brands is publishing a new book later this year (Nov 13th): Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants. Although not necessarily a biography, the author and subject matter may have some appeal.

    • I missed this one as well – given the topic / subject matter and the author this book could be incredibly compelling. Fingers crossed!

      • Gave up reading this one after about 50 pages. Its hard to get into a book when almost half of it is direct quotations. Im guessing this is how Brands is able to pump out books so fast.

  4. Ronald Park said:

    Andrew Roberts (author of Napoleon) will be releasing his massive Churchill biography in November.

  5. Redskullduggery said:

    Just curious, has anyone read anything by David Blight? If so, would you recommend him? I am thinking of getting his upcoming book on Frederick Douglass. (To give you a sense of the kind of biographical writing I like, I am a big fan of Robert Caro and Ron Chernow).

    • He’s no Chernow or Caro, but they are in an elite category. I read Race and Reunion many years ago and recall it being very good. It won the Bancroft Award. He is a well-respected scholar so I wouldn’t hesitate buying the Douglass bio. The other major bio of Douglass by Wm. McFeely was published in 1990.

  6. For anyone interested, C-SPAN broadcast a recent interview by Brian Lamb of Robert Moses’s biographer Robert Caro. [Also available as a podcast.] According to Mr. Lamb, it was their 8th one-hour interview.

  7. Very sad news concerning Edmund Morris:

  8. Steve Inskeep’s new dual-biography of John and Jessie Fremont is getting good reviews. The NYT compares it to Candice Millard’s Destiny of the Republic. It’s next up on my reading pile.

  9. Ronald Park said:

    David Maraniss is writing a biography of Jim Thorpe with a release date TBD.

  10. I did not realize a new Henry Adams bio was forthcoming. It looks interesting.

    Robert Strauss is publishing a new book on John Marshall which is slated for a March 1, 2021 release. Based on Mr. Strauss’ prior work, it will be a readable Unger-like book.

  11. redskullduggery said:

    This could be good: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/1101946229?ref=em_1p_0_im&ref_=pe_2313400_568053690

    Upcoming biography of Robert E. Lee by Allen C. Guelzo.

  12. Johnny Hood said:

    Upcoming biography of George III by Andrew Roberts.

  13. Johnny Hood said:

    Upcoming biography of Lafayette by Mike Duncan. Release date August 24.

    Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution

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