* 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 September 15, 2022 with the addition of Andrew Morton’s biography of Queen Elizabeth II on November 15 (originally scheduled for 2023).

Orrin Hatch Titan of the Senate: Orrin Hatch by William Doyle Sept 20
Lewis Carroll Lewis Carroll: Formed by Faith by Charlie Lovett Sept 20
Charles Huber Charles Huber: France’s Greatest Arabian Explorer by William Facey Sept 22
Piet Mondrian Piet Mondrian: A Life by Hans Janssen Sept 27
Marion Davies Captain of Her Soul: The Life of Marion Davies by Lara Gabrielle Sept 27
Elvis Presley The Faith of Elvis by Billy Stanley Oct 4
Trotsky Trotsky, The Passionate Revolutionary by Allan Todd Oct 6
Anthony Bourdain Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain by Charles Leehrsen Oct 11
Stan Lee Stan Lee: A Life by Bob Batchelor Oct 15
Joe McCarthy A Genius for Confusion: Joseph R. McCarthy and the Politics of Deceit by Richard Fried Oct 15
Ted Kennedy Ted Kennedy: A Life by John A. Farrell Oct 25
Sam Adams The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams by Stacy Schiff Oct 25
Daniel Webster Indivisible: Daniel Webster and the Birth of American Nationalism by Joel Richard Paul Oct 25
Lydia Maria Child Lydia Maria Child: A Radical American Life by Lydia Moland Oct 31
John Constable John Constable: A Portrait by James Hamilton Nov 1
Brezhnev Brezhnev: The Making of a Statesman by Susanne Schattenberg Nov 4
Chuck Berry Chuck Berry: An American Life by R. J. Smith Nov 8
Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen: Her Life by Andrew Morton Nov 15
Charlton Heston Running the Race: The Public Face of Charlton Heston by Brian Steel Wills Nov 15
Edward Kennedy Against the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Rise of Conservatism (Vol 2) by Neal Gabler Nov 15
J Edgar Hoover G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century by Beverly Gage Nov 22
Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins by Aidan Levy Dec 6
Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit & Glamour of an Icon by Kate Andersen Brower Dec 6
Anton Chekhov Chekhov Becomes Chekhov: The Emergence of a Literary Genius by Bob Blaisdell Dec 6
Emmett J. Scott Emmett J. Scott: Power Broker of the Tuskegee Machine by Maceo Dailey Jr. Dec 28
Edward Kennedy [Untitled] by Chris Matthews tbd
Amy Clampitt [Untitled] by Willard Spiegelman 2022
Tupac Shakur [Untitled] by Kevin Powell 2022
Barbara Walters [Currently untitled] by Susan Page [2023]
Alexander Twilight [Currently untitled] by William Hart [2023]
Wm F Buckley
[Currently untitled] by Sam Tanenhaus
tbd
MLK
[Currently untitled] by Jonathan Eig
tbd
Elie Wiesel
[Currently untitled] by Joseph Berger
tbd
Nikita Khrushchev
[Currently untitled] by Nina Khrushchev
tbd
James Watson
[Currently untitled] by Nathaniel Comfort
tbd
Elon Musk
[Currently untitled] by Walter Isaacson
tbd
Ben Franklin [Currently untitled] by Stephen King
rumored
Thurgood Marshall [Currently untitled] by A. Scott Berg
tbd
George Schultz [Currently untitled] by Philip Taubman 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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33 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

  14. A modern scholarly biography for Thomas Reed is coming in July:

    James Grant called Speaker Reed The Most Important Politician You’ve Never Heard Of
    https://www.npr.org/2011/05/29/136689237/the-most-important-politician-youve-never-heard-of

  15. A new bio of Joseph McCarthy is expected in the fall:
    A Genius for Confusion: Joseph R. McCarthy and the Politics of Deceit by Richard Fried, October 15, 2022

  16. Thanks – the world does not yet have enough McCarthy bios (which I say as someone trying to convince myself to read Oshinsky’s…or not) so I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

    • I am contemplating Larry Tye’s 2020 book Demagogue. It appears to be based on newly available information since Oshinsky’s book was published in 1983.

      The other one I am struggling with is Spiro Agnew. After reading Graff’s new Watergate book I decided to seek out a good Agnew biography. The two which seem to standout are Jules Witcover’s Strange Bedfellows (2007) and Justin Coffey’s Spiro Agnew and the Rise of the Republican Right (2015).

  17. I forgot one coming in August on Jay Gould.

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