* Upcoming Releases *

Notable upcoming biographies are shown below (recent changes in bold).  An exhaustive list focused on U.S. Presidents can be found here.
This list was updated March 28, 2020.

Louis XIV King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV by Philip Mansel Apr 7
Doris Duke
The Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke by Sallie Bingham Apr 7
Yogi Berra Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask by Jon Pessah Apr 14
Henry VIII Henry VIII: The Decline and Fall of a Tyrant by Robert Hutchinson Apr 18
David I David I: King of Scots, 1124-1153 by Richard Oram Apr 20
Andy Warhol
Warhol by Blake Gopnik Apr 28
Henry Kissinger
The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World by Barry Gewen Apr 28
John Roebling
Engineering America: The Life and Times of John A. Roebling by Richard Haw May 1
Jerry Brown
Man of Tomorrow: The Relentless Life of Jerry Brown by Jim Newton May 12
George Orwell
Orwell: A Man of Our Time by Richard Bradford May 12
Wm Wordsworth
William Wordsworth: A Life by Stephen Gill June 1
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France and England, Mother of Empires by Sara Cockerill June 1
Henry Longfellow
Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Nicholas Basbanes June 2
John McCain
The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain by Mark Salter
June 2
Francis Poulenc
Poulenc: A Biography by Roger Nichols June 9
Joe McCarthy
Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy by Larry Tye July 7
Butch Cassidy
Butch Cassidy: The True Story by Charles Leehrsen July 14
Izzy Stone
Izzy: A Biography of I.F. Stone by Robert Cottrell Aug 14
Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography by Thomas Schwartz Aug 18
Ernest Hemingway The Man Who Wasn’t There: A Life of Ernest Hemingway by Richard Bradford Sept 8
James Baker III
The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III by Peter Baker Sept 29

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

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18 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.

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