My 2022 Road Map

Since I completed a 240-book journey through the best presidential biographies in 2019, I’ve been reading biographies on a wider array of people.  My reading plan for 2022 is highlighted below.

Blue titles indicate Pulitzer Prize WINNERS.  Blue italicized titles indicate Pulitzer Prize finalists. Orange indicates a new or recent release.
Updated December 4, 2022 (completed books are sorted by rating).

J Edgar Hoover G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century (2022) by Beverly Gage NOW READING
Morgenthau family Morgenthau: Power, Privilege, and the Rise of an American Dynasty (2022) by Andrew Meier REVIEW
(4¾ stars)
Cornelius Vanderbilt The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (2009) by T.J. Stiles REVIEW
(4½ stars)
Robert Oppenheimer American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2005) by Kai Bird REVIEW
(4½ stars)
Henry Ford The People’s Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century (2005) by Steven Watts REVIEW
(4½ stars)
Hitler Hitler: A Biography (2008) by Ian Kershaw REVIEW
(4¼ stars)
Lafayette Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution (2021) by Mike Duncan REVIEW
(4¼ stars)
The Cartier family The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire (2019) by Francesca Cartier Brickell REVIEW
(4¼ stars)
Salmon Chase Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln’s Vital Rival (2022) by Walter Stahr REVIEW
(4¼ stars)
Jim Thorpe Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe (2022) by David Maraniss REVIEW
(4 stars)
Edward Kennedy Ted Kennedy: A Life (2022) by John A. Farrell REVIEW
(4 stars)
Grover Cleveland(*) A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life of Grover Cleveland (2022) by Troy Senik REVIEW
(4 stars)
Ernest Shackleton Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer (2014) by Michael Smith REVIEW
(4 stars)
Simon Bolivar Bolívar: American Liberator (2013) by Marie Arana REVIEW
(3¾ stars)
JQA(*) The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics (2017) by William Cooper REVIEW
(3¾ stars)
Tip O’Neill Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century: A Biography (2001) by John Farrell REVIEW
(3¾ stars)
Sam Houston Sam Houston (2002) by James Haley REVIEW
(3½ stars)
Lou Henry Hoover A Woman of Adventure: The Life and Times of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover (2022) by Annette Dunlap REVIEW
(3¼ stars)
FDR(*) Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life (2017) by Robert Dallek REVIEW
(3¼ stars)
Lincoln(*) Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln (2014) by Richard Brookhiser REVIEW
(3 stars)
James Madison(*) The Fourth President: A Life of James Madison (1970) by Irving Brant  REVIEW
(3 stars)
Jefferson(*) The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson (2008) by Kevin Hayes  REVIEW
(Unrated)
Warren Harding(*) The Jazz Age President: Defending Warren G. Harding (2022) by Ryan Walters  REVIEW
(Unrated)
Thomas Jefferson(*) His Masterly Pen: A Biography of Jefferson the Writer (2022) by Fred Kaplan REVIEW
(Unrated)
Harry Truman(*) The Trials of Harry S. Truman: The Extraordinary Presidency of an Ordinary Man (2022) by Jeffrey Frank
Andrew Jackson(*) The First Populist: A Life of Andrew Jackson (2022) by David S. Brown
Jefferson, Madison, Monroe(*) The Jeffersonians: The Visionary Presidencies of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe (2022) by Kevin Gutzman

* Follow-up biography for my Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies.

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