→ New/Upcoming Releases ←

Upcoming and recently-published books related to the presidents are shown below. Notable biographies in other genres can be found here.
Last updated April 23, 2017. (Thanks HBM and Mark!) If I’m missing something please let me know…

Upcoming Releases:

Jefferson Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty by John B. Boles
Apr 25, 2017
TR Forging a President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt by William Hazelgrove May 1, 2017
Wshgtn George Washington: A Life in Books by Kevin Hayes May 1, 2017
JFK JFK: A Vision for America by Stephen Kennedy Smith May 2, 2017
Obama Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama by David Garrow May 9, 2017
JFK The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign by Thomas Oliphant May 9, 2017
Nixon Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever by Patrick Buchanan May 9, 2017
Lincoln Wrestling With His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln (Vol 2) by Sidney Blumenthal May 16, 2017
Grant President Grant by Paul Kahan [May 18, 2017]
Jackson Avenging the People: Andrew Jackson, the Rule of Law, and the American Nation by J. M. Opal June 1, 2017
Lincoln Becoming Abraham Lincoln: The Coming of Age of Our Greatest President by Richard Kigel June 6, 2017
JFK Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights by Steven Levingston June 6, 2017
Lincoln Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War by Fred Kaplan June 13, 2017
Wilson Power Without Victory: Woodrow Wilson by Trygve Thronveit June 15, 2017
Reagan The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism by Henry Olsen *June 27, 2017
Obama Obama: The Call of History by Peter Baker
*June 27, 2017
McKinley President McKinley: The Art of Stealthy Leadership by Robert Merry [Sept 5, 2017]
Arthur The Unexpected President: Chester A. Arthur – His Life and Times by Scott Greenberger Sept 12, 2017
Grant The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant by Charles Calhoun October 2017
Hoover Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times by Kenneth Whyte Oct 10, 2017
Grant Grant by Ron Chernow *Oct 10, 2017
Truman The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months that Changed the World by A. J. Baime Oct 24, 2017
Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson by Gordon Wood *Oct 24, 2017
The Last Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics by William Cooper *Oct 24, 2017
Madison The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President by Noah Feldman Oct 31, 2017
Ford Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party: A Political Biography of Gerald R. Ford by Scott Kaufman November 2017
Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek Nov 7, 2017
Eisenhwr The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock [Fall 2017]
Carter President Carter: A Biography by Stuart Eizenstat *Mar 6, 2018
Taft William Howard Taft: The American Presidents Series by Jeffrey Rosen *Mar 20, 2018
Carter [Currently untitled] by Jonathan Alter [2018]
Carter [Currently untitled] by Kai Bird -tbd-
Harding [Currently untitled] by Ronald and Allis Radosh -tbd-
LBJ [Volume 5] by Robert Caro -tbd-
JFK [Currently untitled] by Fredrik Logevall -tbd-
Ford [Currently untitled] by Richard Norton Smith -tbd-
Grant [Currently untitled] (Vol 2) by Brooks Simpson -tbd-
Madison [Currently untitled] by John Meacham -tbd-
Washgtn [Currently untitled] by Alexis Coe tbd

2017 Releases:

A Companion to Dwight D. Eisenhower by Chester Pach
Apr 10
Abraham Lincoln: The Critical History of an American Icon by Alan Sked
Mar 30
Richard Nixon: The Life by John A. Farrell
Mar 28
Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years 1976-1980 by Craig Shirley
Mar 21
Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign against Joseph McCarthy by David Nichols
Mar 21
George Washington: A Man of Action by John Kaminski
Mar 2
George Washington: The Wonder of the Age by John Rhodehamel
Feb 21
Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons by Elizabeth Brown Pryor
Feb 7
Thomas Jefferson – Revolutionary by Kevin Gutzman
Jan 31
Bill Clinton: The American Presidents Series by Michael Tomasky
Jan 24
The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of American Empire by Stephen Kinzer
Jan 24
Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission by Brett Baier
Jan 10
Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations by John Avlon
Jan 10

A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama by Michael D’Antonio
Jan 3

2016 Releases:

Reagan: An American Icon by Iwan Morgan
Dec 16

The Wars of the Roosevelts: The Ruthless Rise of America’s Greatest Political Family by William Mann
Dec 6 Third-party reviews

The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War by HW Brands
Oct 11 Third-party reviews
American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White, Jr. Oct 4 New Release Alert
Herbert Hoover: A Life by Glen Jeansonne
Oct 4 Third-party reviews
His Final Battle: The Final Months of Franklin Roosevelt  by Joseph Lelyveld
Sept 6 Third-party reviews
Bush, GW
Bush by Jean Edward Smith
July 4 New Release Alert
Commander in Chief: FDR’s Battle with Churchill, 1943 by Nigel Hamilton
June 7
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
May 10
Jefferson’s America: The President, the Purchase, and the Explorers Who Transformed a Nation by Julie Fenster
May 10
A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1849 (Vol 1) by Sidney Blumenthal
May 10 Third-party reviews
Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency by Charles Rappleye
May 10
Father Lincoln: The Untold Story of Abraham Lincoln and His Boys by Alan Manning
May 1
Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson by Annette Gordon-Reed
April 13
The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt by Darrin Lunde
April 12
True Reagan: What Made Ronald Reagan Great by James Rosebush
April 12
Prisoners of Hope: LBJ, the Great Society, and the Limits of Liberalism by Randall Woods
April 5  Third-party reviews
Franklin D. Roosevelt: The War Years, 1939-1945 (Vol 2) by Roger Daniels
Mar 30
John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit by James Traub
Mar 22 Third-party reviews
Rightful Heritage: FDR and the Land of America by Douglas Brinkley
Mar 15
Redeeming the Great Emancipator by Allen Guelzo
Feb 12
Bill Clinton: New Gilded Age President by Patrick J. Maney
Jan 28
The Nixon Effect: How His Presidency Fundamentally Changed American Politics by Douglas Schoen
Jan 26
First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His – and the Nation’s – Prosperity by Edward Lengel
Jan 26
Reagan Ronald Reagan: The 40th President (The American Presidents Series) by Jacob Weisberg
Jan 5

2015 Releases:

Reagan Selling Ronald Reagan: The Emergence of a President by Gerard De Groot
Nov 30
McKinley The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters by Karl Rove
Nov 24 Third-party reviews
TR Theodore Roosevelt in the Field by Michael Canfield
Nov 16
Bush, GHW Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush by Jon Meacham
Nov 10 New Release Alert
Washington The Washingtons: George and Martha by Flora Fraser
Nov 3 Third-party reviews
Lincoln Lincoln, the Law, and Presidential Leadership by Charles Hubbard(ed)
Nov 2
TR Theodore the Great: Conservative Crusader by Daniel Ruddy
Oct 19
FDR Franklin D. Roosevelt: Road to the New Deal 1882-1939 (Vol 1) by Roger Daniels
Oct 15 Third-party reviews
Nixon Nixon’s Gamble: How a President’s Own Secret Government Destroyed His Administration by Ray Locker
Oct 1
Washington Powerful Mind: The Self-Education of George Washington by Adrienne Harrison
Oct 1
Reagan Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency by Bill O’Reilly
Sept 22 Third-party reviews
FDR Man of Destiny: FDR and the Making of the American Century by Alonzo Hamby
Sept 22
FDR 1944: FDR and the Year that Changed History by Jay Winik
Sept 22
Nixon/Eisenhw The President and the Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952-1961 by Irwin Gellman
Jul 28 Third-party reviews
Reagan Reagan Remembered by Gilbert Robinson (ed.)
Jul 20
Nixon One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon by Tim Weiner
June 16 Third-party reviews
Bush The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H. W. Bush by John Sununu
June 16 Third-party reviews
Nixon Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas
June 16 Third-party reviews
Reagan Reagan: The Life by H.W. Brands
May 12 Third-party reviews
Washington Washington’s Circle: The Creation of the President by David Heidler Mar 17 Third-party reviews
Madison Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father by Michael Signer
Mar 10 Third-party reviews
Lincoln Mourning Lincoln by Martha Hodes
Feb 24 Third-party reviews
JFK The Politics of Deception: JFK’s Secret Decisions by Patrick Sloyan
Feb 10
Madison Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships that Built America by David Stewart
Feb 10 Third-party reviews
Washington Washington’s Revolution: The Making of America’s First Leader by Robert Middlekauff Feb 3 Third-party reviews
Bush George W. Bush by James Mann Feb 3 Third-party reviews
Quincy Adams The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams by Phyllis Lee Levin Jan 6 Third-party reviews

The list of upcoming presidential biographies releases is based on information believed to be accurate; dates are subject to change prior to publication. Not every new/upcoming release will end up in my library (or being reviewed on this site).


157 thoughts on “→ New/Upcoming Releases ←”

  1. Steve L in Mississippi said:

    Any current info on when caro will finish/release volume 5 on LBJ?
    Steve L in Mississippi

    • His previous volumes have been 8-12 years apart. I recall in interviews for the last book he had said he’d already done a lot of the research for volume 5. So I’d guess sometime between 2020 and 2022.

      • Gary Schantz said:

        I don’t think these books are particularly good. They are too lengthy and agonizing to read. I think a two volume tome on any president is long enough.

  2. redskullduggery said:

    Hopefully he lives that long! It’s a bit of a George RR Martin situation…

  3. I just came across two new upcoming books:
    – Washington’s Farewell by John Avlon, Simon & Schuster, Jan 10, 2017: http://amzn.to/2gCSgp4
    – The True Flag: TR, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire by Stephen Kinzer, Jan 24, 2017, http://amzn.to/2geWWxC

  4. I wonder when Ron Chernow is going to release his book on U.S. Grant ?

    • Great question, but not likely in the next 12 months. The upside: I’ll probably be done with my first biographies of each of the presidents and will be reading “follow-up” list biographies. And anything Chernow writes about any president will be among the first things I read!

      • The bigger question: When does Grant hit Broadway?

        Here’s the good news: Late last year Mr. Chernow told the WSJ he “has written [Grant] faster than usual, energized by the impact of 2015.”

  5. If Grant hits Broadway, he will be turning in his grave……

  6. One way to get people to learn American History…..it’s the dancing General Grant…..ha!

  7. Zach Switzer said:

    Hi Steve,

    Walter Merry has a McKinley Bio published by simon and Schuster coming out in sept! President McKinley: The Art of Stealthy Leadership

  8. Thanks – I agree that something fresh on McKinley is overdue! I’ll be waiting anxiously to see how this turns out…

    • and Rosen’s book on Taft has been moved to Jan 1, 2018. It is like the Grant volume in the University Press of Kansas series; the publication date is a moving target.

  9. How did you find out about when Hitchcock’s Eisenhower book will be published?

  10. Meacham “is working on a biography of James and Dolley Madison.”

  11. Gary Schantz said:

    While its understandable that Washington, Lincoln, Kennedy (who seem to be considered “the” presidents) get more than their fair share of books, I have been looking forward to good authors taking on Ford, Taft, Coolidge as well as the bearded presidents. But it doesn’t appear they are on any writer’s radar.

    • I’ve been waiting for someone great to take on Van Buren and Hoover, both of whom were fascinating (particularly Hoover pre-presidency). But I would be up for great biographies of Taft, Coolidge and Ford as well!

      • I thought Robert Sobel’s book on Coolidge served as an excellent introduction to the man and his presidency. I had tried to read Shlae’s biography, but I found it disorganized and poorly written despite the plethora of information. Coolidge has proven to be more influential in the past thirty years than the thirty immediately preceding his death.

  12. Gary Schantz said:

    I agree about Schlae’s book on Coolidge. However I plan to read Sobel’s book.

  13. As my hope for the February release of the Chester Arthur book dwindles, this new one on JFK looks interesting:


  14. Taking a break from monitoring the new Arthur bio, I found some good stuff coming up this fall:

    Oct 10: Kenneth Whyte on Hoover (the third Hoover bio in the past year):

    Oct 31: Noah Feldman on Madison:

    Nov 7: Gordon Wood on Adams and Jefferson (anyone else enjoy Matt Damon citing Wood in Good Will Hunting?):

  15. My apologies for clogging up this section, but I found two new announcements:
    – Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War, Fred Kaplan, June 13, 2017
    – The Last Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics, William J. Cooper, Nov 14, 2017

  16. Gary Schantz said:

    All these new books about presidents are really great. But at some point I have to choose as my library is only so big and I can only read so many books. However…it is a good problem to have.

  17. Hooray ! At last I know when Ron Chernow’s book on Grant will be out….I loved his books on Washington and Hamilton and now Grant…My mother, who is 96 and an avid Civil War buff, will love reading Chernow’s new biography. Thank you for posting this information.

  18. Robert Dallek’s next book is Franklin Roosevelt: A Political Life. No specific release date has been provided.

    • Excellent news and it seems like it may be close. I don’t find anything on Viking’s site though.

      From USNews:
      Robert Dallek Contributor
      Historian Robert Dallek is the author of books on John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. In September, Viking will publish his next book, “FDR: A Political Life.”

  19. While not a biography, there is a noteworthy primary source release coming up of John Quincy Adams’ Diaries, totaling nearly 1300 pages. It’s a Library of America release scheduled for this June. I love to have primary source collections in my library accompanying my biographies whenever possible, especially private letters, diaries, etc.

    The Diaries of John Quincy Adams, 1779-1848: http://amzn.to/2m27t3K

    Note the above link is to the boxed set, as it is 2 separate volumes.

  20. Thanks for the tip – I think JQA led an incredibly compelling life (even if he was a disappointment as president). His diary must be absolutely fascinating…

    • I do have a little bias towards primary sources, as most of my research over the past 15 years has been in letters, journals, and contemporary news articles, etc. JQA is one whose diaries I’ve only seen snippets from, but they do have some very, very colorful and even exciting passages…of course, reading through ALL the diaries to find the exciting passages would be a most tedious undertaking. I find the most value in materials such as this when I use them in harmony with formal biographies or other analysis, and when those reference certain dates or events, I like to pause and go to that time or event in the primary sources to study briefly before returning to the biography.

      • Gary Schantz said:

        As I read through the biographies, I have discovered that some authors have done a great job of tying presidents together. For example H G Unger’s Monroe and John Quincy books were excellent back-to-back reads. I wish more authors would write in this fashion as it makes the understanding of history more fluid.

  21. Gary Schantz said:

    It is a bit hard to find good books on about approximately 20 of the presidents so another discourse on Kennedy, Lincoln or the Roosevelts could be done without…agree?

    • I have to confess – I’m still waiting for a great biography of Martin Van Buren. (Those are words I never would have expected to utter, and yet…)

      • Gary Schantz said:

        And how about one on Harding? I would think his presidency would be very interesting especially in light of the scandal he left behind.

  22. I would definitely read it! I do think Van Buren’s pre-presidency was intrinsically more fascinating than Harding’s but the aftermath of WGH’s presidency could use a little additional transparency (and perspective) to be sure. I often ask myself how Chernow / JES / Ronald White would examine a president/presidency they haven’t yet covered…

    • Remini’s MVB and the Making of the Democratic Party is an excellent examination of his pre-Presidential activities.

  23. DKG’s THE BULLY PULPIT and William Cooper’s WARRIOR AND THE PRIEST do a nice job at tying consecutive presidencies together. I am awaiting the great Cleveland/Harrison/Cleveland weave.

  24. New FDR biography by Robert Dallek now available for pre-order on Amazon

    • Thanks for the heads up. It will be interesting to see if Dallek unearthed any new material on FDR’s health. He certainly opened a lot of eyes with his Kennedy bio.

  25. Regarding Harding, I keep waiting for news of the Radosh book . . .

  26. Coming on October 24th from A.J. Baime: The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

  27. Although neither a presidential biography nor about the presidency, I think most (perhaps all) of us know the name and his new collection of speeches may be of interest to some.

    David McCullough: THE AMERICAN SPIRIT:

    It seems he is not working on the great Van Buren biography we seek. “The Pioneers” – about the Northwest Ordinance – is scheduled for 2019 delivery.

  28. The new book on Reagan (Reagan Rising) by Craig Shirley looks like a winner!

  29. This fall from the University Press of Kansas:
    Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party: A Political Biography of Gerald R. Ford by Scott Kaufman

    … and this long-awaited volume in the American Presidency Series:
    The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant by Charles Calhoun, Sept 22, 2017.

  30. Gerald Ford biography by Scott Kaufman now available to pre-order on Amazon

  31. redskullduggery said:

    I’d be curious to know what % of frequent visitors to this site have already pre-ordered Chernow’s Grant bio. 🙂

  32. Ron Chernow’s new biography of Grant will be released Oct. 10, 2017 and I just pre-ordered a copy on Amazon…

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