* Upcoming Releases *

Notable forthcoming biographies are shown below.  An exhaustive list focused on U.S. Presidents can be found here.
This list was updated March 31, 2018.  Recent additions/changes are bold.

2018 Upcoming Releases:

Jim Wright Speaker Jim Wright: Power, Scandal, and the Birth of Modern Politics by J. Brooks Flippen Apr 1
Eunice Kennedy Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World by Eileen McNamara Apr 3
Napoleon Napoleon: The Spirit of the Age: 1805-1810 (Vol 2) by Michael Broers Apr 3
Barry White White Music: The Barry White Story by Tom Rubython Apr 7
Francis I Francis I: The Maker of Modern France by Leonie Frieda Apr 10
Giuliano de Medici Giuliano de’ Medici: Machiavelli’s Prince in Life and Art by Josephine Jungic Apr 13
Richard III Richard III: England’s Most Controversial King by Chris Skidmore Apr 24
Karl Marx A World to Win: The Life and Thought of Karl Marx by Sven-Eric Liedman May 1
Warren Spahn Warren Spahn: A Biography of the Legendary Lefty by Lew Freedman May 1
Benedict Arnold The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life by Joyce Lee Malcolm May 1
Paul Simon Paul Simon: The Life by Robert Hilburn May 8
Robin Williams Robin by Dave Itzkoff May 15
John McCain
John McCain: An American Hero by John Perritano May 22
Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death by Lillian Faderman May 22
Napoleon III The Shadow Emperor: A Biography of Napoleon III by Alan Strauss-Schom May 29
Hitler Young Hitler: The Making of the Fuhrer by Paul Ham June 5
Bruce Lee Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly June 5
William Allen White
Crusader for Democracy: The Political Life of William Allen White by Charles Delgadillo June 15
Harold Washington
Mayor Harold Washington: Champion of Race and Reform in Chicago by Roger Biles June 15
John Dingel The Dean: The Best Seat in the House, from FDR to Obama by John David Dingel June 26
Richard I Richard the Lionheart: The Crusader King of England by W B Bartlett July 1
George Custer Custer: The Making of a Young General by Edward Longacre July 3
Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn: An Epic Life by Kevin McAleer July 9
Beethoven Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary by John Clubbe July 10
J.R.R. Tolkien Tolkein: Maker of Middle Earth by Catherine McIlwaine July 15
Franz Kafka Franz Kafka, the Eternal Son: A Biography by Peter-Andre Alt July 15
Charles de Gaulle A Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle by Julian Jackson July 24
Henry Clay Henry Clay: The Man Who Would Be President by James Klotter Aug 1
Julius Caesar Julius Caesar: A Life by Patrician Southern Aug 1
Albert Gallatin Gallatin: The Financial Genius Who Saved the Republic by Gregory May Aug 6
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon by Charles Casillo Aug 14
Arthur Ashe Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault Aug 21
Hubert Humphrey
Hubert Humphrey: The Conscience of the Country by Arnold Offner Aug 21
Fred Rogers The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King Sep 11
Wendell Willkie The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country by David Levering Lewis Sept 18
Benjamin Franklin Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity by Nick Bunker Sept 18
Schumann Schumann: The Faces and the Masks by Judith Chernalk Sep 18
Adam Smith Adams Smith: Father of Economics by Jesse Norman Sep 18
Picasso Picasso: An Intimate Portrait by Olivier Widmaier Picasso Sep 25
Thelonious Monk Monk: Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship Behind a Musical Revolution by Youssef Daoudi Sep 25
Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight Oct 2
Oscar Wilde
Oscar: A Biography by Matthew Sturgis Oct 4
Napoleon: A Life by Adam Zamoyski Oct 9
Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch Oct 9
Benjamin Rush
Dr. Benjamin Rush: The Founding Father Who Healed a Wounded Nation by Harlow Unger Oct 9
Babe Ruth
The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created by Jane Leavy Oct 16
Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times by Dr. Alan Walker Oct 16
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life by Jane Sherron de Hart Oct 16
Debussy: A Painter in Sound by Stephen Walsh Oct 23
Winston Churchill
Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts Nov 6
King Edward VIII
King Edward VIII: An American Life by Ted Powell Nov 6
Eric Clapton
Slowhand: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton by Philip Norman Nov 6
Saul Bellow
The Life of Saul Bellow by Zachary Leader Nov 6
John Marshall
John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court by Richard Brookhiser Nov 6
Sir Walter Ralegh
Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh by Anna Beer Nov 13
Che Guevara
Che: A Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson Nov 13
Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, John Calhoun Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster by H.W. Brands Nov 13
Alexander the Great Soldier, Priest, and God: A Life of Alexander the Great by F.S. Naiden Dec 3
Napoleon The Caesar of Paris: Napoleon Bonapart by Susan Jaques Dec 4
Rock Hudson All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson by Mark Griffin Dec 4

The list of upcoming biography releases is based on information believed to be accurate; dates and titles are subject to change prior to publication. Not every upcoming new release will end up as part of my list of best biographies of all time.

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13 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!

  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.

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