* 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 January 5, 2022.

Charles Lamb Dream-Child: A Life of Charles Lamb by Eric Wilson Jan 4, 2022
Ernest Shackleton Shackleton by Ranulph Fiennes Jan 4
Dante Dante: A Life by Alessandro Barbero Jan 4
George V
George V: Never a Dull Moment by Jane Ridley Jan 4
Avicii Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii by Mans Mosesson Jan 18
Merle Haggard The Hag: The Life, Times, and Music of Merle Haggard by Marc Eliot Jan 18
Maria Theresa Maria Theresa: The Hapsburg Empress in Her Time by Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger Jan 18
Florine Stettheimer Florine Stettheimer: A Biography by Barbara Bloemink Jan 24
Hunter S. Thompson Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzo by Peter Richardson Jan 25
Duke Ellington Duke Ellington: The Note the World Was Not Ready to Hear by Karen Barbera Jan 25
Robert Welch A Conspiritorial Life: Robert Welch by Edward H. Miller Feb 7
Maradona Maradona: The Boy, The Rebel, The God by Guillem Balague Feb 8
Walter F. White White Lies: The Double Life of Walter F. White and America’s Darkest Secret by A.J. Baime Feb 8
Karl Lagerfeld Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Fashion by Alfons Kaiser Feb 8
Buster Keaton Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life by James Curtis Feb 15
Salmon Chase Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln’s Vital Rival by Walter Stahr Feb 22
Ruth Page Ruth Page: The Woman in the Work by Joellen Meglin Feb 22
John von Neumann The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann by Ananyo Bhattacharya Feb 22
Julia Morgan Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect by Victoria Kastner Mar 1
Margaret Walker
The House Where My Soul Lives: The Life of Margaret Walker by Maryemma Graham Mar 1
John Jay
The First Chief Justice: John Jay and the Struggle of a New Nation by Mark Dillon Mar 1
Claude Debussy
Emma and Claude Debussy: The Biography of a Relationship by Gillian Opstad Mar 1
Mary Hemingway
Hemingway’s Widow: The Life of Mary Welsh Hemingway by Timothy Christian Mar 1
George Soros
George Soros: A Life in Full by Peter Osnos Mar 8
John Venn John Venn: A Life in Logic by Lukas Verburgt Mar 11
Mark Twain The Life of Mark Twain: The Final Years (Vol 3) by Gary Scharnhorst Mar 11
Charles Cornwallis Cornwallis: Soldier and Statesman in a Revolutionary World by Richard Middleton Mar 22
Elizabeth II Queen of Our Times: The Life of Queen Elizabeth II by Robert Hardman Apr 6
Elizabeth Stuart Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Hearts by Nadine Akkerman Apr 9
Jackie Robinson True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson by Kostya Kennedy Apr 12
James Longstreet The Confederacy’s Most Modern General: James Longstreet by Harold Knudsen Apr 15
Trajan Trajan: Rome’s Last Conqueror by Nicholas Jackson Apr 30
Alexis de Tocqueville The Man Who Understood Democracy: The Life of Alexis de Tocqueville by Olivier Zunz May 1
James Dickey James Dickey: A Literary Life by Gordon Van Ness May 2
Margaret Hillis Margaret Hillis: Unsung Pioneer by Cheryl Frazes Hill May 3
Anna Wintour Anna: The Biography by Amy Odell May 3
Emmett J. Scott Emmett J. Scott: Power Broker of the Tuskegee Machine by Maceo Dailey Jr. May 15
Lou Henry Hoover A Woman of Adventure: The Life and Times of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover by Annette Dunlap June 1
Claude McKay Claude McKay: The Making of a Black Bolshevik by Winston James June 7
Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron: A Life by Kristin Marguerite Doidge June 7
Rickey Henderson
Rickey: The Life and Legend of an American Original by Howard Bryant June 7
Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull The Earth is All That Lasts: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation by Mark Lee Gardner June 21
George Michael George Michael: A Life by James Gavin June 28
Edward Kennedy Against the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Rise of Conservatism (Vol 2) by Neal Gabler Nov 15
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]
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
Jim Thorpe [Currently untitled] by David Maraniss 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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27 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

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