Fall 2014 Biographies

The following list of biographies appearing between September 2014 and February 2015 was assembled using Edelweiss, a web-based interactive publisher catalog system widely used in the book industry. If we missed a title, please let us know at editortbc@biographersinternational.org


Life in the Writings of Storm Jameson: A Biography by Elizabeth Maslen (Northwestern University Press)

American Gandhi: A. J. Muste and the History of Radicalism in the Twentieth Century by Leilah Danielson (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Grace Kelly by Pierre-Henri Verlhac (Pavillion)

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott (Harper)

Siegfried Sassoon by John Stuart Roberts (John Blake)

Benedict Cumberbatch: The Biography by Justin Lewis (John Blake)

Blessed Assurance: The Life and Art of Horton Foote by Marion Castleberry (Mercer University Press)

La Belle Créole: The Cuban Countess Who Captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris by Alina García-Lapuerta (Chicago Review Press)

Benedict Cumberbatch: The Biography by Nigel Goodall (Carlton Publishing Group)

David: The Divided Heart by David Wolpe (Yale University Press)

Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician by Allen Shawn (Yale University Press)

Brigitte Bardot: The Life, the Legend, the Movies by Ginette Vincendeau (Carlton Books)

 Adolf Hitler: Evolution of a Dictator by Luciano Garibaldi, Simonetta Garibald (White Star Publishers)

America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation by Grant Wacker (Belknap Press)

Cosby: His Life and Times by Mark Whitaker (Simon & Schuster)

Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son by Penny Junor (Grand Central Publishing)

My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H. W. Bush

by Doro Bush Koch (Grand Central Publishing)

A Cool and Lonely Courage: The Untold Story of Sister Spies in Occupied France by Susan Ottaway (Little, Brown and Company)

Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians by Justin Martin (Da Capo Press)

Bowie: The Biography by Wendy Leigh (Gallery Books)

Georgie and Elsa: Jorge Luis Borges and His Wife: The Untold Story by Norman Di Giovanni (The Friday Project)

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns (Knopf)

Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer by Bettina Stangneth and  Ruth Martin (Knopf)

The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature’s Greatest Monsters

by Andrew McConnell Stott (Pegasus)

Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History by Rhonda K. Garelick (Random House)

Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz (Gotham)

The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News by Sheila Weller (Penguin)

Eisenhower: A Life by Paul Johnson (Viking)

Wilfred Owen: An Illustrated Life by Janet Potter (Bodleian Library)

Robert Morris’s Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder by Ryan K. Smith (Yale University Press)

The Daring Heart of David Livingstone: Exile, African Slavery, and the Publicity Stunt That Saved Millions by Jay Milbrandt (Thomas Nelson)

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (Henry Holt)

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr (Norton)

How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair by Jonathan Beckman (Da Capo Press)

Not the Life It Seems: The True Lives of My Chemical Romance by Tom Bryant (Da Capo Press)

Croswell Bowen: A Writer’s Life, a Daughter’s Portrait by Betsy Connor Bowen (Potomac Books)

The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered by Laura Auricchio (Knopf)

Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography by Meryle Secrest (Knopf)

Alice and Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis by Alexis Coe (Pulp/Zest Books)

Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd (Nan A. Talese)

Isabella: The Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey (Nan A. Talese)

Eleanor of Aquitaine: The Mother Queen of the Middle Ages by Desmond Seward (Pegasus)

Goebbels: A Biography by Peter Longerich and Alan Bance (Random House)

On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller by Richard Norton Smith (Random House)

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg (Harper)

Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity by David M. Friedman (Norton)

Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts by Robert M. Dowling (Yale University)

Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia by Emmanuel Carrère and John Lambert (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice by Joan Biskupic (Sarah Crichton Books)

William Wells Brown: An African American Life by Ezra Greenspan (Norton)

John Marshall: The Chief Justice Who Saved the Nation by Harlow Giles Unger (Da Capo Press)



41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush (Crown)

The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved by Christopher Andersen (Thorndike)

Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music by Barry Mazor (Chicago Review Press)

Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel by Anita Shapira (Yale University Press)

Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love by James Booth (Bloomsbury)

Making Sense of Marshall Ledbetter: Politics, Protest, and Madness in the Florida Capitol by Daniel M. Harrison (University Press of Florida)

The Political Career of W. Kerr Scott: The Squire from Haw River by Julian Pleasants

(University Press of Kentucky)

Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen by Ruth Barton (University Press of Kentucky)

Free Trade’s First Missionary: Sir John Bowring in Europe and Asia by Philip Bowring (Hong Kong University Press)

Clausewitz: His Life and Work by Donald Stoker (Oxford University Press)

Max Starkloff and the Fight for Disability Rights by Charles E. Claggett Jr., and Richard H. Weiss (Missouri History Museum Press)

Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee by James Gavin (Atria)

Hope: Entertainer of the Century by Richard Zoglin (Simon & Shcuster)

Dispatches from the Front: The Life of Matthew Halton, Canada’s Voice at War by David Halton (McClelland & Stewart)

Havel: A Life by Michael Zantovsky (Grove Press)

Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts (Viking)

Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin (Penguin)

Grace: A Biography by Thilo Wydra (Skyhorse)

“Literchoor Is My Beat”: A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions by Ian S. MacNiven (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope by Austen Ivereigh (Holt)

An American Cardinal: The Biography of Cardinal Timothy Dolan by Christina Boyle (St. Martin’s Press)

Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man by Marcus Baram (St. Martin’s Press)

Into the Black: The Inside Story of Metallica, 1991-2014 by Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood (Da Capo Press)

American Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague, Civil War “Belle of the North” and Gilded Age Woman of Scandal by John Oller (Da Capo Press)



No Ordinary Being: W. Starling Burgess (1878-1947), a Biography by Llewellyn Howland III  (David R. Godine)

She Can’t Stop: Miley Cyrus: The Biography by Sarah Oliver (John Blake)

To Make a Difference: A Biography of James T. McAfee, Jr. by Scott Walker (Mercer University Press)

Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance by Brent Phillips (University Press of Kentucky)

Ezra Pound: Poet: Volume II: The Epic Years by David Moody (Oxford)

Mayakovsky : A Biography by Bengt Jangfeldt and Harry D. Watson (University of Chicago Press)

Colonel House: A Biography of Woodrow Wilson’s Silent Partner by Charles E. Neu (Oxford)

Bulgakov: His Life And Work by Ellendea Proffer  (Overlook)

Becoming Richard Pryor by Scott Saul (Harper)

Hitler’s Warrior: The Life and Wars of SS Colonel Jochen Peiper by Danny S. Parker (Da Capo Press)



Wolsey: The Life of King Henry VIII’s Cardinal by John Matusiak (History Press)

George I. Sánchez: The Long Fight for Mexican American Integration by Carlos Kevin Blanton (Yale University Press)

Huck Finn’s America: Mark Twain and His Moment by Andrew Levy (Simon & Schuster)

Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII’s Most Faithful Servant by Tracy Borman

(Atlantic Monthly Press)

Dalton Trumbo:  Blacklisted Hollywood Radical by Larry Ceplair and Christopher Trumbo (University Press of Kentucky)

The Last Stalinist: The Life of Santiago Carrillo by Paul Preston (William Collins)

A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg (Knopf)

The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink by Pamela Katz (Nan A. Talese)

Lives of the New York Intellectuals: A Group Portrait by Edward Mendelson (New York Review of Books)

 The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security by Bartholomew Sparrow (Public Affairs)

The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams by Phyllis Lee Levin (Palgrave)

Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee—The War They Fought, The Peace They Forged by William C. Davis (Da Capo Press)



Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon (Random House)

Half-Life: The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy by Frank Close (Basic Books)

Gods and Kings:  The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano by Dana Thomas (Penguin)

Robbie Deans:  Red, Black and Gold by Matt McIlraith (Upstart Press)

Giambattista Bodoni: His Life and His World by Valerie Lester (David R. Godine)

Stranger than Fiction: The Life of Edgar Wallace, the Man Who Created King Kong by Neil Clark (History Press)

The Contender:  Andrew Cuomo, a Biography by Michael Shnayerson (Twelve)

Mr. and Mrs. Disraeli: A Strange Romance by Daisy Hay (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Eleanor Marx:  A Life by Rachel Holmes (Bloomsbury)

Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press by James McGrath Morris (Amistad/HarperCollins)

Waiting for the Man: The Life and Career of Lou Reed by Jeremy Reed (Overlook)

Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America by David O. Stewart (Simon & Schuster)

The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years by Joseph A. Califano (Touchstone)

General Jacob Devers: World War II’s Forgotten Four Star by John A. Adams (Indiana University Press)