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 May 31, 2023.
|Mozart||Mozart in Motion: His Work and His World in Pieces by Patrick Mackie||June 6|
|RFK Jr.||The Real RFK Jr.: An In-Depth Look at the Man and His Mission by Dick Russell||Jun 27|
|Elisabeth Elliot||Elisabeth Elliot: A Life by Lucy S.R. Austen||Jun 27|
|Jackie Kennedy||Jackie: Public, Private, Secret by J. Randy Tarabarrelli||Jul 18|
|Schubert||Schubert: A Musical Wayfarer by Lorraine Byrne Bodley||Jul 25|
|August Wilson||August Wilson: A Life by Patti Hartigan||Aug 15|
|Sylvia Plath||Sylvia Plath Day by Day: 1932-1955 (Vol 1) by Carl Rollyson||Aug 15|
|George Weidenfeld||The Maverick: George Weidenfeld and the Golden Age of Publishing by Thomas Harding||Aug 29|
|Alexander Hamilton||Hamilton: The Energetic Founder by R. B. Bernstein||Aug 29|
|Larry McMurtry||Larry McMurtry: A Life by Tracy Daugherty||Sept 12|
|F. Scott Fitzgerald||Some Unfinished Chaos: The Lives of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Arthur Krystal||Sept 12|
||Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson||Sept 12|
|Stephen Sondheim||Sondheim: His Life, His Shows, His Legacy by Stephen Silverman||Sept 15|
|Greta Garbo||Ideal Beauty: The Life and Times of Greta Garbo by Dr. Lois Banner||Sept 19|
|Daniel Donelson||Daniel Smith Donelson: Soldier, Politician, Tennessean by Doug Spence||Sept 26|
|Woody Allen||Woody Allen: Life and Legacy by Patrick McGilligan||Sept 26|
|Andrew Lang||Andrew Lang: Writer, Folklorist, Democrat Intellect by Dr. John Sloan||Sept 29|
|John Albion Andrew||In Pursuit of Justice: The Life of John Albion Andrew by Dr. Stephen Engle||Sept 29|
|John Hancock||King Hancock: The Radical Influence of a Founding Father by Brooke Barbier||Oct 10|
|Mitt Romney||Romney: A Reckoning by McKay Coppins||Oct 24|
|Winston Churchill||Mirrors of Greatness: Churchill and the Leaders Who Shaped Him by David Reynolds||Jan 23, 2024|
|Barbara Walters||[Currently untitled] by Susan Page|||
|Alexander Twilight||[Currently untitled] by William Hart|||
|Francis Crick||[Untitled] by Matthew Cobb||tbd|
|Edward Kennedy||[Untitled] by Chris Matthews||tbd|
||[Currently untitled] by Kai Bird
|Wm F Buckley
||[Currently untitled] by Sam Tanenhaus
||[Currently untitled] by Nina Khrushchev
||[Currently untitled] by Nathaniel Comfort
|Ben Franklin||[Currently untitled] by Stephen King
|Thurgood Marshall||[Currently untitled] by A. Scott Berg
|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
|Alexander Twilight||[Currently untitled] by Bill Hart
|Christopher Hitchens||[Currently untitled] by Stephen Phillips
|Jean Rhys||[Currently untitled] by Miranda Seymour
|Stalin||[Stalin: Miscalculation – Vol 3] by Stephen Kotkin||tbd|
|James Weldon Johnson||[Currently untitled] by David W. Blight
|John Brown||[Currently untitled] by Walter Johnson|||
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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!
Ronald Park said:
David Levering Lewis is doing a biography of Wendell Willkie to be released on May 1, 2018.
Thanks – I wanted to add Wendell Willkie to my “www.bestpresidentialbios.com” related-reading list but I seem to remember coming up short on compelling bios of him. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Lewis’s biography is worth a read-
Due on September 18th with a very impressive blurb lineup (Meachem, Brinkley, Nasaw, Gellman, and Cook (Blanche Wiesen):
Nate Vercauteren said:
That looks great! Thanks for posting it.
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.
Ronald Park said:
Andrew Roberts (author of Napoleon) will be releasing his massive Churchill biography in November.
Thank you for posting this as I completely missed it.
Yes, thanks – this has the potential to be incredible and it fell just outside the scope of my last search (coming post-summer). I’m really looking forward to this one!
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.
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.
Very sad news concerning Edmund Morris:
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.
If you want related reading to that, I recommend Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides
Ronald Park said:
David Maraniss is writing a biography of Jim Thorpe with a release date TBD.
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.
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.
Indeed. Thank you for the heads up on it. Dr. Guelzo’s works on Lincoln are first rate.
Thanks for the heads-up! That might be a book I need to read upon its release 🙂
Johnny Hood said:
Upcoming biography of George III by Andrew Roberts.
That is fabulous news – thanks for noticing I missed this one!
Johnny Hood said:
You are very welcome. I love your websites. Keep up the great work.
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
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
Thanks for sharing! I will sheepishly admit I had to look up Thomas Reed to figure out why I didn’t think I had ever heard of him 🙂
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
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).
I forgot one coming in August on Jay Gould.
Jonathan Eig’s KING: A LIFE is scheduled for May 16, 2023.
Fabulous – thanks! Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.
not sure if you have seen these but a few upcomings on my list – super excited for the James Wilkinson and the TR/Lodge works.
American Traitor – Howard Cox (Wilkinson)
Truman and the Bomb – D.M. Giangreco
The Rough Rider and the Professor – Laurence Jurdem
The Devils Will Get No Rest – James B. Conroy (Churchill/FDR)
Camera Girl – Carl Sferrazza (Jackie Kennedy)
Jackie: Public, Private, Secret – J. Randy Taraborrelli
You’re really looking out quite a distance! The ones I’m really looking forward to are the book on TR & Henry Cabot Lodge and upcoming bios of First Ladies Edith Wilson and Jackie Kennedy. And, of course, the last volume on LBJ by Robert Caro but I’m not holding my breath on that one…
Douglas Dewey said:
The highest ranked official in the history of the U.S. Navy, George Dewey, is getting a new biography. The biography is entitled “A New Force at Sea: George Dewey and the Rise of the American Navy”, is written by David A. Smith (author of a book on Audie Murphy, one of the most decorated soldiers in U.S. history, as well as a successful film actor), and releases on April fifteenth of this year.
A Churchill biography from David Reynolds opens up 2024:
A belated thanks!
For those of us needing more John Hancock in our libraries: