Spring 2015 Biographies

The following list of biographies appearing between March and August 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


Hannibal: A Hellenistic Life by Eve MacDonald (Yale)

John Prine: In Spite of Himself by Eddie Huffman (University of Texas Press)

Nicolas Nabokov: A Life in Freedom and Music by Vincent Giroud (Oxford University Press)

Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father’s Unsolved Murder by Robert Crane and Christopher Fryer (University Press of Kentucky)

The Life of William Apess, Pequot by Philip F. Gura (University of North Carolina Press)

Bonaparte: 1769-1802 by Patrice Gueniffey and Steven Rendall (Belknap Press)

John Bartlow Martin: A Voice for the Underdog by Ray E. Boomhower (Indiana University Press)

Chasing Lost Time: The Life of C. K. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy, and Translator by Jean Findlay (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Road to Power: How GM’s Mary Barra Shattered the Glass Ceiling by Laura Colby (Wiley)

General Maxime Weygand, 1867-1965: Fortune and Misfortune by Anthony Clayton (Indiana University Press)

Pretend You’re In A War: The Who & the Sixties by Mark Blake (Aurum Press Ltd)

Vera Brittain and the First World War: The Story of Testament of Youth by Mark Bostridge (Macmillan)

Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer (Random House/Nan Talese)

Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom (Knopf)

John le Carré by Adam Sisman (HarperCollins)

The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and The Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom by Blaine Harden (Viking)

A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain by Marc Morris (Pegasus)

Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming in Jamaica by Matthew Parker (Pegasus)

Young Eliot: A Biography by Robert Crawford (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

A Warrior’s Faith: Navy SEAL Ryan Job, a Life-Changing Firefight, and the Belief That Transformed His Life by Robert W. Vera (Thomas Nelson)

Mama Maggie: The Untold Story of One Woman’s Mission to Love the Forgotten Children of Egypt’s Garbage Slums by Marty Makary and Ellen Vaughn (Thomas Nelson)

Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel byAnnie Cohen-Solal (Yale University Press)

Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli (Crown Business)

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

Young Eliot: A Biography by Robert Crawford (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth by John Szwed (Viking)

Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan, Painter by Cathy Curtis (Oxford University Press)


Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin (Knopf)

Tony Oliva: The Life and Times of a Minnesota Twins Legend by Thom Henninger and Patrick Reusse (University of Minnesota Press)

Matthew McConaughey: The Biography by Neil Daniels (John Blake)

The Second I Saw You: The True Love Story of Rupert Brooke and Phyllis Gardner  by Lorna C. Beckett (University of Chicago Press)

Einstein: His Space and Times by Steven Gimbel (Yale University Press)

The Rise of Thomas Cromwell: Power and Politics in the Reign of Henry VIII, 1485-1534 by Michael Everett (Yale University Press)

Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth by Terry Alford (Oxford University Press)

Mellencamp: American Troubadour by David Masciotra (University Press of Kentucky)

Lincoln’s Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton by William Marvel (University of North Carolina Press)

The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst (Belknap Press)

Billy Martin: Baseball’s Flawed Genius by Bill Pennington (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

James Merrill: Life and Art by Langdon Hammer (Knopf)

Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker by Thomas Kunkel (Random House)

Bob Dylan : NYC 1961-1964 by Ted Russell and Chris Murray and Donovan (Random House)

In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art by Sue Roe (Penguin)

Audrey and Bill: A Romantic Biography of Audrey Hepburn and William Holden by Edward Z. Epstein (Running Press)


The Lost Imperialist: Lord Dufferin, Memory and Mythmaking in an Age of Celebrity by Andrew Gailey (John Murray)

Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford The Biography by Laura Thompson (Head of Zeus)

The Shed That Fed a Million Children: The Extraordinary Story of Mary’s Meals by Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow (HarperCollins)

Nobody Grew but the Business: On the Life and Work of William Gaddis by Joseph Tabbi (Northwestern University Press)

Donald Creighton: A Life in History by Donald Wright (University of Toronto Press)

Andrée’s War: How One Young Woman Outwitted the Nazis by Francelle Bradford White (Elliott & Thompson)

The Lives of Robert Ryan by J.R. Jones (Wesleyan)

Malevolent Muse: The Life of Alma Mahler by Oliver Hilmes and Donald Arthur (Northeastern)

Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator by Oleg V. Khlevniuk and Nora Seligman Favorov (Yale University Press)

John Knox by Jane Dawson (Yale University Press)

Léon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist by Pierre Birnbaum (Yale University Press)

Machado de Assis: A Literary Life by K. David Jackson (Yale University Press)

JFK and LBJ: The Last Two Great Presidents by Godfrey Hodgson (Yale University Press)

Béla Bartók by David Cooper (Yale University Press)

Virginia Woolf: A Portrait by Viviane Forrester and Jody Gladding (Columbia University Press)

Joan of Arc: A History by Helen Castor (Thomas Nelson)

Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life by Alexander V. Pantsov and Steven I. Levine (Oxford University Press)

Carolina Israelite: How Harry Golden Made Us Care about Jews, the South, and Civil Rights by Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett (University of North Carolina Press)

August Weismann: Development, Heredity, and Evolution by Frederick B. Churchill (Harvard University Press)

The Last Victorians: A Daring Reassessment of Four Twentieth Century Eccentrics by William Sydney Robinson (Biteback Publishing, Ltd.)

The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects by Deborah Lutz (W. W. Norton & Company)

Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe by Banning Eyre (Duke University Press)

The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio by Andrea Mays (Simon & Schuster)

The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964 by Zachary Leader (Knopf)

Reagan: The Life by H.W. Brands (Doubleday)

Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen (Simon & Schuster)

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster)

The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783–1789 by Joseph J. Ellis (Knopf)


Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan (Harper)

Leonhard Euler: Mathematical Genius in the Enlightenment by Ronald S. Calinger (Princeton University Press)

Wellington: Waterloo and the Fortunes of Peace 1814-1852 by Rory Muir (Yale University Press)

Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson by Kent Babb (Atria Books)

Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Business of Beauty by Robert Lacey (Harper)

The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush by John H. Sununu (Broadside Books)

In Search of Sir Thomas Browne: The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century’s Most Inquiring Mind by Hugh Aldersey-Williams (W.W. Norton & Company)

Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties by Kevin M. Schultz (W.W. Norton & Company)

Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita by Robert Roper (Bloomsbury)

One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York by Arthur Browne (Beacon Press)

The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West by Michelle Goldberg (Knopf)

Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West by Matthew Dennison (St. Martin’s Press)

The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)



M-Mother: Dambuster Flight Lieutenant John ‘Hoppy’ Hopgood by Jenny Elmes (History Press)

Admiral Collingwood: Nelson’s Own Hero by Max Adams (Head of Zeus)

Jack Kemp: The Bleeding-Heart Conservative Who Changed America by Morton Kondracke and Fred Barnes (Penguin)

Diane von Furstenberg: A Life Unwrapped by Gioia Diliberto (Dey Street Books)

Edward Thomas: from Adlestrop to Arras: A Biography by Jean Moorcroft Wilson (Bloomsbury)

Genius At Play: The Curious Mathematical Mind of John Horton Conway by Siobhan Roberts (Bloomsbury)

Being Berlusconi: The Rise and Fall from Cosa Nostra to Bunga Bunga by Michael Day (Macmillan)


The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger by Greg Steinmetz (Simon & Schuster)

Saban: The Making of a Coach by Monte Burke (Simon & Schuster)

Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane by Patrick McGilligan (Harper)

Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times by Anne C. Heller (New Harvest)

Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C. S. Lewis by Abigail Santamaria (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim by Justin Gifford (Doubleday)

Alice in Chains: The Untold Story by David de Sola (Thomas Dunne Books)

The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion by Tracy Daugherty (St. Martin’s Press)

She Can Bring Us Home: Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, Civil Rights Pioneer by Diane Kiesel (University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books)