* 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 May 21, 2020.

Sam Colt
Revolver: Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter that Changed America by Jim Rasenberger May 26
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
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
Henry III
Henry III: The Rise to Power and Personal Rule by David Carpenter July 14
Coco Chanel Chanel: Her Life by Justine Picardie July 14
Butch Cassidy
Butch Cassidy: The True Story by Charles Leehrsen July 14
Margaret Beaufort
Uncrowned Queen: The Life of Margaret Beaufort, Mother of the Tudors by Nicola Tallis July 28
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
Herman Melville
Herman Melville: A Half-Known Life by John Bryant Aug 24
Beethoven
Beethoven, A Life by John Caeyers (transl. by Brent Annable) Aug 25
Louis XIV King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV by Philip Mansel Sept 1
Adolf Hitler Hitler: Downfall: 1939-1945 (Vol 2) by Volker Ulrich Sept 1
Zygmunt Bauman Bauman: A Biography by Izabela Wagner Sept 15
Ernest Hemingway The Man Who Wasn’t There: A Life of Ernest Hemingway by Richard Bradford Sept 8
Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. The Last Brahmin: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. and the Making of the Cold War by Luke Nichter Sept 22
William Faulkner The Life of William Faulkner: This Alarming Paradox, 1935-1962 (Vol 2) by Carl Rollyson Sept 22
Siegfried Kracauer Kracuer: A Biography by Jörg Später Sept 28
James Baker III
The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III by Peter Baker Sept 29
Malcolm X
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les & Tamara Payne Sept 29
Stan Lee
True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee by Abraham Riesman Sept 29
Bob Gersony
The Good American: The Epic Life of Bop Gersony by Robert Kaplan
Oct 6
Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor: A Life by David Michaelis
Oct 6
Stalin Staling: Passage to Revolution by Ronald Suny
Oct 6
Muhammad Ali My Brother, Muhammad Ali: The Definitive Biography by Rahaman Ali Oct 9
John McCain
The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain by Mark Salter
Oct 13
John Steinbeck
Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck by William Souder Oct 13
John Milton Poet of Revolution: The Making of John Milton by Nicholas McDowell
Oct 20
Madame de Maintenon Queen of Versailles: Madame de Maintenon, First Lady of Louis XIV’s France by Mark Bryant
Oct 22
Edward Kennedy
Catching the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Liberal Hour by Neal Gabler Oct 27
Henry Adams
The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams by David S. Brown Nov 10
Lucian Freud
The Lives of Lucian Freud: Fame, 1968-2011 by William Feaver Nov 10
René Magritte Magritte: A Life by Alexander Danchev Nov 10
Pope Benedict Benedict XVI: The Biography: Volume One by Peter Seewald Nov 17
Francis Bacon Francis Bacon: Revelations by Mark Stevens Nov 17
Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon: The Measure of Excess by Yves Peyre Nov 30
Lady Bird Johnson Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight by Julia Sweig Dec 1
William & Oveta Hobby The Governor and the Colonel: A Dual Biography of William P. Hobby and Oveta Culp Hobby by Don Carleton Dec 2
Sylvia Pankhurst Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel by Rachel Holmes Dec 15
Eliza Pratt Greatorex Restless Enterprise: The Art and Life of Eliza Pratt Greatorex by Katherine Manthorne Dec 15

This list is derived from sources 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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