* 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 November 12, 2020.

John Glenn The Last American Hero: The Remarkable Life of John Glenn by Alice George Nov 10
Adrienne Rich The Power of Adrienne Rich: A Biography by Hilary Holladay Nov 17
General Custer Ambitious Honor: George Armstrong Custer’s Life of Service and Lust for Fame by James Mueller Nov 19
Henry Adams
The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams by David S. Brown Nov 24
Tom Seaver
Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life by Bill Madden Nov 24
René Magritte Magritte: A Life by Alexander Danchev Nov 30
William & Oveta Hobby The Governor and the Colonel: A Dual Biography of William P. Hobby and Oveta Culp Hobby by Don Carleton Dec 2
Charles de Gaulle Charles de Gaulle: A Thorn in the Side of Six American Presidents by William Keylor Dec 7
Mozart Mozart: The Reign of Love by Jan Swafford Dec 8
Robin Williams Robin William, American Master by Stephen Spignesi Dec 8
Eliza Pratt Greatorex Restless Enterprise: The Art and Life of Eliza Pratt Greatorex by Katherine Manthorne Dec 15
James A. Baker III Texas Titans: George H.W. Bush and James A. Baker III: A Friendship Forged in Power by Charles Denyer Dec 15
Pope Benedict Benedict XVI: The Biography: Volume One by Peter Seewald Dec 15
Sylvia Pankhurst Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel by Rachel Holmes Dec 15
Herman Melville
Herman Melville: A Half-Known Life by John Bryant Dec 21
Hubert Harrison
Hubert Harrison: The Struggle for Equality by Jeffrey Perry Dec 22
Grace Holmes Carlson
The Fierce Life of Grace Holmes Carlson by Donna Haverty-Stacke Dec 29
Ben Fletcher
Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly by Peter Cole Jan 1, 2021
Rabbi Louis Jacobs
Reason to Believe: The Controversial Life of Rabbi Louis Jacobs by Harry Freedman Jan 12
Lucian Freud
The Lives of Lucian Freud: Fame, 1968-2011 by William Feaver Jan 19
Ida Wells
Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells by Michelle Duster Jan 26
Bob Gersony
The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony by Robert Kaplan Jan 26
Sybille Bedford
Sybille Bedford: A Life by Selina Hastings Feb 2
Mike Nichols
Mike Nicols: A Life by Mark Harris Feb 2
Robert Maxwell
Fall: The Mysterious Life and Death of Robert Maxwell by John Preston Feb 9
Bugsy Siegel
Bugsy Siegel: The Dark Side of the American Dream by Michael Shnayerson Feb 9
Vera Rubin
Vera Rubin: A Life by Jacqueline and Simon Mitton Feb 11
John Calhoun
Calhoun: American Heretic by Robert Elder Feb 16
Stan Lee
True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee by Abraham Riesman Feb 16
Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard: A Life by Hermione Lee Feb 23
John Marshall
John Marshall: The Final Founder by Robert Strauss Mar 1
Francis Bacon Francis Bacon: Revelations by Mark Stevens Mar 2
R.C. Sproul
R.C. Sproul: A Life by Stephen Nichols Mar 2
Thaddeus Stevens
Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice by Bruce Levine Mar 2
Thomas Sankara
Thomas Sankara: A Revolutionary in Cold War Africa by Brian Peterson Mar 2
Clarence Darrow
Darrow’s Nightmare: The Forgotten Story of America’s Most Famous Trial Lawyer by Nelson Johnson Mar 2
Fitz John Porter Radical Sacrifice: The Rise and Ruin of Fitz John Porter by William Marvel Mar 8
Katherine Parr Katherine Parr: Opportunist, Queen, Reformer by Don Matzat Mar 15
Lady Bird Johnson Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight by Julia Sweig Mar 16
Louis Duportail Washington’s Engineer: Louis Duportail and the Creation of an Army Corps by Norman Desmarais Mar 16
Steve Marriott All or Nothing: The Story of Steve Marriott by Simon Spence Mar 18
Eugene H. Peterson
A Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene H. Peterson by Winn Collier Mar 23
Nipsey Hussle
The Marathon Don’t Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle by Rob Kenner Mar 23
James Hughes Callahan
Texas Rangers, Ranchers, and Realtors: James Hughes Callahan by Thomas O. McDonald Mar 25
Louis Lomax
The Life and Times of Louis Lomax by Thomas Aiello Mar 26
Philip Roth
Philip Roth: A Counterlife by Ira Nadel Mar 29
Winston & Randolph Churchill
Churchill & Son by Josh Ireland Mar 30
Nancy Pelosi
Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power by Susan Page Apr 6
Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron: A Life by Kristin Marguerite Doidge Apr 17
Jim Thorpe [Currently untitled] by David Maraniss tbd
Mark Twain [Currently untitled] by Ron Chernow tbd
John Lewis [Currently untitled] by David Greenberg 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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20 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.

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