Fall 2016 Biographies

The following biographies will be appearing between September 2016 and February 2017, as listed in various publishing media. If we missed a title, please let us know at editortbc@biographersinternational.org


Jean Cocteau: A Life by Claude Arnaud, translated by Lauren Elkin and Charlotte Mandell (Yale University Press)

Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family by Daniel Bergner (Little, Brown)

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (Liveright)

Looking for “The Stranger”: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic by Alice Kaplan (University of Chicago Press)

A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success by Tracy Kidder (Random House)

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candace Millard (Doubleday)

His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt by Joseph Lelyveld (Knopf)

Hidden Figures: The Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (William Morrow)

Hitler: Ascent, 1889–1939 by Volker Ullrich (Knopf)

True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy by Kati Marton (Simon & Schuster)

Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto by Tilar J. Mazzeo (Simon & Schuster)

The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters by Laura Thompson (St. Martin’s Press)

Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs by Robert Kanigel (Knopf)

Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn (Penguin)

Moscow Nights: The Van Cliburn Story—How One Man and His Piano Transformed the Cold War by Nigel Cliff (HarperCollins)

The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership that Defined a Presidency by Kathryn Smith (Touchstone)

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King (Bloomsbury)

The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de’ Medici by Catherine Fletcher (Oxford University Press)

Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton by Joe Conason (Simon & Schuster)

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War by Artemis Joukowsky (Beacon Press)

Murdering the President: Alexander Graham Bell and the Race to Save James Garfield by Fred Rosen (Potomac)

Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett by Matthew Mason (University of North Carolina Press)

Chanel: The Enigma by Isabelle Fiemeyer (Flammarion)

Trotsky in New York, 1917: Portrait of a Radical on the Eve of Revolution by Kenneth D. Ackerman (Counterpoint)

The Red Bandanna: Welles Crowther, 9/11, and the Path to Purpose by Tom Rinaldi (Penguin)

Village Atheists by Leigh Eric Schmidt (Princeton University Press)

Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic by Mark Blake (Backbeat)

Faustian Bargains: Lyndon Johnson and Mac Wallace in the Robber Baron Culture of Texas by Joan Mellen (Bloomsbury)

Joyce Brothers: The Founding Mother of TV Psychology by Kathleen Collins (Rowman & Littlefield)

Mission to China: How an Englishman Brought the West to the Orient by John Holliday (Amberley)

Charles Gates Dawes: A Life by Annette B. Dunlap (Northwestern University Press)

Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood (Charlesbridge)

Existentialism and Excess: The Life and Times of Jean-Paul Sartre by Gary Cox (Bloomsbury Academic)

Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap by Ben Westhoff (Hachette Books)

Indelible Ink: The Trials of John Peter Zenger and the Birth of America’s Free Press
by Richard Kluger (W. W. Norton)

The Biographical Turn: Lives in History by Hans Renders, Binne de Haan, and Jonne Harmsma, editors (Routledge)



Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Eleanor Roosevelt. Vol. 3: The War Years and After, 1939–1962 by Blanche Wiesen Cook (Viking)

Alfred Hitchcock by Peter Ackroyd (Nan A. Talese)

Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend by Deirdre Bair (Nan A. Talese)

Einstein’s Greatest Mistake: A Biography by David Bodanis (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited by Philip Eade (Henry Holt)

Stalin’s Englishman: Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge Spy Ring by Andrew Lownie (St. Martin’s Press)

The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan by Sebastian Mallaby (Penguin)

Turner: The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner by Franny Moyle (Penguin)

American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White Jr. (Random House)

Traveling Soul: The Life of Curtis Mayfield by Todd Mayfield and Travis Atria (Chicago Review Press)

In the Mountains of Madness: The Life, Death, and Extraordinary Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft by W. Scott Poole (Counterpoint)

Flaubert by Michel Winock, translated by Nicholas Elliott (Belknap Press)

The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age by Gino Segrè and Bettina Hoerlin (Henry Holt)

That Hamilton Woman: Emma and Nelson by Barry Gough (Naval Institute Press)

The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War by H.W. Brands (Doubleday)

The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution by John Oller (Da Capo Press)

Herbert Hoover: A Life by Glen Jeansonne (NAL)

Genghis Khan and the Quest for God: How the World’s Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom by Jack Weatherford (Viking)

Worst. President. Ever.: James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents by Robert Strauss (Lyons Press)

Natural Born Seer: Joseph Smith, American Prophet, 1805-1830 by Richard S. Van Wagoner (Smith-Petit Foundation)

Maybe I’m Doing It Wrong: The Life and Times of Randy Newman by Caroline Stafford and David Stafford (Omnibus)

Inventing Loreta Velasquez by William C. Davis (Southern Illinois University Press)

The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution by John Oller (Da Capo Press)

Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution by Gretchen Woelfle (Boyds Mills Press/Calkins Creek)



Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird (Random House)

Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away by Lisa Napoli (Dutton)

Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII by Gareth Russell (Simon & Schuster)

Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs by Douglas Smith (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers by Leslie Bennetts (Little, Brown)

Moses: A Human Life by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg (Yale University Press)

Hitler’s Religion: The Twisted Beliefs that Drove the Third Reich by Richard Weikart   (Regnery History)

Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse by Catherine Reef (Clarion Books)

Orion on the Dunes: A Biography of Henry Beston by Daniel G. Payne (David R. Grodine)



George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones (Little, Brown)

The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship by Alex Beam (Pantheon)

Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State by Barton Gellman (Penguin)

Like A Meteor Blazing Brightly: The Short but Controversial Life of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren by Eric J. Wittenberg (Savas Beatie)

William I: England’s Conqueror by Marc Morris (Penguin UK)

Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days: Prisoner No. 280 in the Conciergerie by Will Bashor (Rowman & Littlefield)

Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White by Michael Tisserand (Harper)

Montaigne: A Life by Philippe Desan, translated by Steven Rendall and Lisa Neal (Princeton University Press)

The Wars of the Roosevelts: The Ruthless Rise of America’s Greatest Political Family by William J. Mann (Harper)

The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story by Serhii Plokhy (Basic Books)

Reagan by Iwan Morgan (I.B. Tauris)

Hemingway at War: Ernest Hemingway’s Adventures as a World War II by Terry Mort (Pegasus Books)

Willy Brandt: Life of a Statesman by Hélène Miard-Delacroix (I.B. Tauris)

“For Only Those Deserve the Name”: T.E. Lawrence and Seven Pillars of Wisdom by Mark Calderbank (Sussex Academic Press)



In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown by Amy Gary (Flatiron)

Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother by Kate Hennessy (Scribner)

Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel by John Stubbs (W. W. Norton)

Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell (Yale University Press)

Marshal Malinovskii: Hero of the Soviet Union by Boris Sokolov and Richard W. Harrison (Helion and Company)

Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert by Patricia Cornwell (Thomas & Mercer)

Bill Clinton: The American Presidents Series: The 42nd President, 1993-2001 by Michael Tomasky (Times Books)

His Father’s Son: The Life of General Ted Roosevelt, Jr. by Tim Brady (NAL)

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case that Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca (St. Martin’s Press)

Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau by Kevin Dann (TarcherPerigree)

The Mistress of Paris: The 19th-Century Courtesan Who Built an Empire on a Secret by Catherine Hewitt (Thomas Dunne Books)

A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama by Michael D’Antonio (Thomas Dunne Books)

Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes by Michael Sims (Bloomsbury USA)

Evita: The Life of Eva Peron by Jill Hedges (I.B. Tauris)

In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett by Tony Fletcher (Oxford University Press)

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission by Bret Baier (William Morrow)

Barthes: A Biography by Tiphaine Samoyault (Polity)



Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character by Kay Redfield Jamison (Knopf)

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson (Simon & Schuster)

Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980 by Craig Shirley (Broadside Books)

The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing by Damion Searls (Crown)

Thomas Jefferson–Revolutionary: A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America by Kevin R. C. Gutzman   (St. Martin’s Press)

Albert Schweitzer: A Biography by Nils Ole Oermann, translated by Paul Lauer (Oxford University Press)

Let Us Watch Richard Wilbur: A Biographical Study by Robert Bagg and Mary Bagg (University of Massachusetts Press)

Pontius Pilate: Deciphering a Memory by Aldo Schiavonne and Jeremy Carden (Liveright)

Isabella of Castile: Europe’s First Great Queen by Giles Tremlett (Bloomsbury Publishing)