Spring 2016 Biographies

The following list of biographies appearing between March and August 2016 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


The Rev. J. W. Loguen, as a Slave and as a Freeman: A Narrative of Real Life by Jennifer A. Williamson and J. W. Loguen (Syracuse University Press)

Queen Elizabeth II: A Celebration of Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday by Tim Ewart (Andre Deutsch)

Beirut on the Bayou: Alfred Nicola, Louisiana, and the Making of Modern Lebanon by Raif Shwayri (SUNY Press) University of Pennsylvania Press

God Almighty Hisself: The Life and Legacy of Dick Allen by Mitchell Nathanson (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Éamon de Valera: A Will to Power by Ronan Fanning (Harvard University Press)

Young Mr. Turner: The First Forty Years, 1775-1815 by Eric Shanes (Yale University Press)

Cursed Legacy: The Tragic Life of Klaus Mann by Frederic Spotts (Yale University Press)

The Rise of a Prairie Statesman: The Life and Times of George McGovern by Thomas J. Knock (Princeton University Press)

America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century by Gabriel Thompson (University of California Press)

Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America by Douglas Brinkley (Harper)

Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics by James K. Libbey (University Press of Kentucky)

Raoul Wallenberg: The Heroic Life and Mysterious Disappearance of the Man Who Saved Thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust by Ingrid Carlberg (MacLehose Press)

The Grand Tour: The Life and Music of George Jones by Rich Kienzle (Dey Street Books)

The First Nazi: Erich Ludendorff, The Man Who Made Hitler Possible by Will Brownell, Denise Drace-Brownell, and Alex Rovt (Counterpoint)

Frederick the Great: King of Prussia by Tim Blanning (Random House)

Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman (Knopf)

Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin by Marlene Trestman (LSU Press)



Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee: From Scout to Go Set a Watchman by Charles J. Shields (Henry Holt)

The Salome Ensemble: Rose Pastor Stokes, Anzia Yezierska, Sonya Levien, and Jetta Goudal by Alan Robert Ginsberg (Syracuse University Press)

Dante: The Story of His Life by Marco Santagata (Belknap Press)

Gunfighters: A Chronicle of Dangerous Men & Violent Death by Al Camino (Chartwell Books)

Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep by Michael Schulman (Harper)

The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer by Skip Hollandsworth (Henry Holt)

Admiral Bill Halsey: A Naval Life by Thomas Alexander Hughes (Harvard University Press)

American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins—the Art and Science of the Violin by Quincy Whitney (ForeEdge)

Immunity: How Elie Metchnikoff Changed the Course of Modern Medicine by Luba Vikhanski (Chicago Review Press)

Henry IV by Chris Given-Wilson (Yale University Press)

Disraeli: The Novel Politician by David Cesarani (Yale University Press)

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler (Yale University Press)

Édith Piaf: A Cultural History by David Looseley (Liverpool University Press)

Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed American Life by Tamara Plakins Thornton (University of North Carolina Press)

True Reagan: What Made Ronald Reagan Great and Why It Matters by James Rosebush (Center Street)

Tomas Young’s War by Mark Wilkerson (Haymarket Books)

The Queen of Heartbreak Trail: The Life and Times of Harriet Smith Pullen, Pioneering Woman by Eleanor Phillips Brackbill (TwoDot)

26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest by Greg Vandy and Daniel Person (Sasquatch Books)

Orson Welles, Volume 3: One-Man Band by Simon Callow (Viking)

The Lady with the Borzoi: Blanche Knopf, Literary Tastemaker Extraordinaire by Laura Claridge (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Karl Doenitz and the Last Days of the Third Reich by Barry Turner (Icon Books)

The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, A Lifetime of Exploration, and the Triumph of American Natural History by Darrin Lunde (Crown)

Henry V: From Playboy Prince to Warrior King by Anne Curry (Penguin UK)

Stephen: The Reign of Anarchy by Carl Watkins (Penguin UK)

Kardashian Dynasty: The Controversial Rise of America’s Royal Family by Ian Halperin (Gallery Books)

The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens by Paul Mariani (Simon & Schuster)

Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman by Brooke Hauser (Harper)

Virtual Billions: The Genius, the Drug Lord, and the Ivy League Twins behind the Rise of Bitcoin by Eric Geissinger (Prometheus Books)

Texas Ranger: The Epic Life of Frank Hamer, the Man Who Killed Bonnie and Clyde by John Boessenecker (Thomas Dunne Books)

Setting the World on Fire: The Brief, Astonishing Life of St. Catherine of Siena by Shelley Emling (St. Martin’s Press)

Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride (Spiegel & Grau)

Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain’s Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour by Richard Zacks (Doubleday)

Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams by Louisa Thomas (Penguin Press)

The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist by Larry Alex Taunton (Thomas Nelson)

Alexander McQueen: Redefining Beauty Beyond the Borderline by Michael O’Neill (Upfront Entertainment)

Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin by David Kaufman (St. Martin’s Press)


Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed by Charles B. Strozier (Columbia University Press)

Cracking the Solid South: The Life of John Fletcher Hanson, Father of Georgia Tech by Lee C. Dunn (Mercer University Press)

James I: Scotland’s King of England by John Matusiak (The History Press)

The Last Waltz: The Strauss Dynasty and Vienna by John Suchet (Thomas Dunne Books)

The Life of Louis XVI by John Hardman (Yale University Press)

Robert Parris Moses: A Life in Civil Rights and Leadership at the Grassroots by Laura Visser-Maessen (University of North Carolina Press)

Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman (Little, Brown and Company)

Joe Gould’s Teeth by Jill Lepore (Knopf)

The Woman Who Says No: Françoise Gilot on Her Life With and Without Picasso – Rebel, Muse, Artist by Malte Herwig (Greystone Books)

Newsmaker: Roy W. Howard, the Mastermind Behind the Scripps-Howard News Empire From the Gilded Age to the Atomic Age by Patricia Beard (Lyons Press)

Father Lincoln: The Untold Story of Abraham Lincoln and His Boys–Robert, Eddy, Willie, and Tad by Alan Manning (Lyons Press)

The Mozart of Basketball: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of Drazen Petrovic by Todd Spehr (Sports Publishing)

Fall from Grace: The Truth and Tragedy of Shoeless Joe Jackson by Tim Hornbaker (Sports Publishing)

A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809 – 1849 by Sidney Blumenthal (Simon & Schuster)

The Last Years of Robert E. Lee: From Gettysburg to Lexington by Douglas Savage (Taylor Trade Publishing)

Missing Man : The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran by Barry Meier (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years by John Guy (Viking)

William II: The Red King by John Gillingham (Penguin UK)

Elizabeth II: The Steadfast by Douglas Hurd (Penguin UK)

Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer by Walter Shapiro (Blue Rider Press)

Blood, Bone, and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews by Ted Geltner (University of Georgia Press)



Hunter S. Thompson: Fear, Loathing, and the Birth of Gonzo by Kevin T. McEneaney (Rowman & Littlefield)

Sidney Nolan: A Life by Nancy Underhill (University of New South Wales Press)

Hieronymus Bosch: Visions and Nightmares by Nils Büttner, translated by Anthony Mathews (Reaktion Books)

Karl Polanyi: A Life on the Left by Gareth Dale (Columbia University Press)

The Man Who Built the Sierra Club: A Life of David Brower by Robert Wyss (Columbia University Press)

The Fighting Frenchman: Minnesota’s Boxing Legend Scott LeDoux by Paul Levy (University of Minnesota Press)

Melville in Love: The Secret Life of Herman Melville and the Muse of Moby-Dick by Michael Shelden (Ecco)

Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer by Arthur Lubow (Ecco)

In Search of Anne Brontë by Nick Holland (The History Press)

Big Game Hunter: A Biography of Frederick Courtney Selous by Norman Etherington (Robert Hale)

Angela Merkel: Europe’s Most Influential Leader by Matt Qvortrup (Overlook Press)

Lucie Aubrac: The French Resistance Heroine Who Outwitted the Gestapo by Siân Rees (Chicago Review Press)

American Daredevil: The Extraordinary Life of Richard Halliburton, the World’s First Celebrity Travel Writer by Cathryn J. Prince (Chicago Review Press)

Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines: The Life and Music of James Taylor by Mark Ribowsky (Chicago Review Press)

Louis: The French Prince Who Invaded England by Catherine Hanley (Yale University Press)

Henry the Young King, 1155-1183 by Matthew Strickland (Yale University Press)

Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet by Jeffrey Rosen (Yale University Press)

The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick by Kyle Arnold (Oxford University Press)

Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days by Tavis Smiley and David Ritz (Little, Brown and Company)

Reaching for a Star: The Extraordinary Life of Milan Kroupa by Josef Cermák (Figure 1 Publishing)

William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life by James Lee McDonough (W. W. Norton)

Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior by Arthur Herman (Random House)

The Mistresses of Cliveden: Three Centuries of Scandal, Power, and Intrigue in an English Stately Home by Natalie Livingstone (Ballantine Books)

Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises by Lesley Blume (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Fedegraphica: A Graphic Biography of the Genius of Roger Federer by Mark Hodgkinson (Aurum Press)

The Last Communard: Adrien Lejeune, the Unexpected Life of a Revolutionary by Gavin Bowd (Verso)

William IV: A King at Sea by Roger Knight (Penguin UK)

Famous Nathan: A Family Saga of Coney Island, the American Dream, and the Search for the Perfect Hot Dog by Lloyd Handwerker (Flatiron)



Franz Liszt: Musician, Celebrity, Superstar by Oliver Hilmes, translated by Stewart Spencer (Yale University Press)

Marie-Antoinette by Hélène Delalex, Alexandre Maral, and Nicolas Milovanovic (J. Paul Getty Museum)

Kick: The True Story of JFK’s Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth by Paula Byrne (Harper)

Zola and the Victorians: Censorship in the Age of Hypocrisy by Eileen Horne (Quercus)

Bush by Jean Edward Smith (Simon & Schuster)

Not Pretty Enough: The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown by Gerri Hirshey (Sarah Crichton Books)

Catullus’ Bedspread: The Life of Rome’s Most Erotic Poet by Daisy Dunn (Harper)

Frederick Barbarossa: The Prince and the Myth by John Freed (Yale University Press)

Creating Carmen Miranda: Race, Camp, and Transnational Stardom by Kathryn Bishop-Sanchez (Vanderbilt University Press)

Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman by Mary Mann Hamilton (Little, Brown and Company)

Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible by Douglas Rooks (Down East Books)

Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye (Random House)

Led Zeppelin Day by Day by Marc Roberty (Backbeat Books)

Life of the Party: The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire by Bob Kealing (Crown Archetype)

The Real Peter Pan: J.M. Barrie and the Boy Who Inspired Him by Piers Dudgeon (Thomas Dunne Books)

Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow by Steve Lehto (Chicago Review Press)

No Quarter: The Three Lives of Jimmy Page by Martin Power (Overlook Press)

Gene Roddenberry: The Man Who Created Star Trek: A Biography by Lance Parkin (Aurum Press)



Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant by Roland Lazenby (Little, Brown and Company)

The Story of Beatrix Potter by Sarah Gristwood (National Trust)

Kick Kennedy: The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter by Barbara Leaming (Thomas Dunne Books)

Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World by Marc Raboy (Oxford University Press)

Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books by Christine Woodside (Arcade Publishing)

Double Ace: The Life of Robert Lee Scott Jr., Pilot, Hero, and Teller of Tall Tales by Robert Coram (Thomas Dunne Books)

The Commander: Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Independence, 1914-1948 by Laila Parsons (Hill and Wang)

Theodore the Great: Conservative Crusader by Daniel Rudd (Regnery History)