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Upcoming and recent books related to the presidents are shown below. Notable upcoming biographies in *other* categories can be found here.

Last updated May 11, 2018.  If I’m missing something please let me know!

Upcoming Releases:

Trump Donald Trump: A President Like No Other by Conrad Black May 14, 2018
Lincoln Sixteenth President-in-Waiting: Abraham Lincoln and the Springfield Dispatches of Henry Villard by Michael Burlingame (ed) May 15, 2018
Reagan Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire by Bret Baier May 15, 2018
Ford When the Center Held: Gerald Ford and the Rescue of the American Presidency by Donald Rumsfeld May 15, 2018
Grant The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant: Preserving the Civil War’s Legacy by Paul Kahan May 18, 2018
Lincoln Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams Jun 5, 2018
Reagan Reagan: The American President by Larry Schweikart Jul 4, 2018
Obama Obama: An Oral History by Brian Abrams Jul 10, 2018
Grant The Decision Was Always My Own: Ulysses S. Grant and the Vicksburg Campaign by Timothy Smith Jul 13, 2018
FDR The Washington War: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Politics of Power by James Lacey Aug 28, 2018
Jackson In Defense of Andrew Jackson by Bradley Birzer Sept 10, 2018
Grant Interrupted Odyssey: Ulysses S. Grant and the American Indians by Mary Stockwell Sept 12, 2018
Reagan Reagan: An American Journey by Bob Spitz Oct 2, 2018
LBJ Launching LBJ: How a Kennedy Insider Helped Define Johnson’s Presidency by Helen O’Donnell Oct 2, 2018
Washington In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick Oct 16, 2018
FDR, Herbert Hoover Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash Over the New Deal by Eric Rauchway Nov 13, 2018
Carter [Currently untitled] by Jonathan Alter [2018]
Washgtn [You Never Forget Your First] by Alexis Coe [2019]
Nixon [Currently untitled] by Kasey Pipes [2019]
T Roosev Theodore Roosevelt: Progressive, Warrior, and Naturalist by Neil Cogan Oct 1, 2019
T Roosev [Currently untitled] by T.J. Stiles -tbd-
Van Buren [Currently untitled] by James Bradley -tbd-
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-

2018 Releases:

Washington Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father by Peter Stark
May 1
Eisenhower / JFK Rising Star, Setting Sun: Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and the Presidential Transition that Changed America by John Shaw
May 1
Wilson The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made by Patricia O’Toole
Apr 24
Carter President Carter: The White House Years by Stuart Eizenstat Apr 24
Eisenhower Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties by James Simon Apr 10
Washington The Indian World of George Washington by Colin Calloway Apr 6
T Roosev Theodore Roosevelt: A Literary Life by Thomas Bailey
Apr 3
Eisenhower The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock
Mar 20
Taft William Howard Taft: The American Presidents Series by Jeffrey Rosen
Mar 20
TR The Cowboy President: The American West and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt by Michael Blake
Mar 1
Trump The Faith of Donald J. Trump: A Spiritual Biography by David Brody
Feb 13
LBJ Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House by Joshua Zeitz
Jan 30
Eisenhower Eisenhower: Becoming Leader of the Free World by Louis Galambos
Jan 28
Lincoln Lincoln and Churchill: Statesmen at War by Lewis Lehrman
Jan 15
TR An Unlikely Trust: Theodore Roosevelt, JP Morgan, and the Improbable Partnership that Remade American Business by Gerard Helferich
Jan 1

2017 Releases:

FDR The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and Peace by David Woolner
Dec 12
T Roosev Theodore Roosevelt’s Ghost: The History and Memory of an American Icon by Michael Patrick Cullinane
Dec 11
Ford Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party: A Political Biography of Gerald R. Ford by Scott Kaufman
Nov 15
Bush The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush by Mark Updegrove
Nov 14
Nixon The Mafia’s President: Nixon and the Mob by Don Fulsom
Nov 14
FDR Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek
Nov 7
McKinley President McKinley: Architect of the American Century by Robert Merry
Nov 7
Obama Obama: An Intimate Portrait (a “visual” biography) by Pete Souza
Nov 7
Madison The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President by Noah Feldman
Oct 31
JQA The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics by William Cooper
Oct 24
Adams/
Jefferson
Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson by Gordon Wood
Oct 24
Truman The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months that Changed the World by A. J. Baime Oct 24
Grant Grant by Ron Chernow
Oct 10 New Release Alert
Hoover Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times by Kenneth Whyte
Oct 10
Grant The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant by Charles Calhoun
[Oct]
Jackson Sharp Knife: Andrew Jackson and the American Indians by Alfred Cave
Sept 30
Arthur
The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur by Scott Greenberger
Sept 12
Wilson
Power Without Victory: Woodrow Wilson by Trygve Thronveit
July 15
Obama
Obama: The Call of History by Peter Baker
June 27
Reagan
The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism by Henry Olsen
June 27
Lincoln
Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War by Fred Kaplan
June 13
JFK
Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights by Steven Levingston
June 6
Lincoln
Becoming Abraham Lincoln: The Coming of Age of Our Greatest President by Richard Kigel
June 6
Jackson
Avenging the People: Andrew Jackson, the Rule of Law, and the American Nation by J. M. Opal
June 1
Lincoln
Wrestling With His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln (Vol 2) by Sidney Blumenthal
May 16
Nixon
Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever by Patrick Buchanan
May 9
JFK
The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign by Thomas Oliphant
May 9
Obama
Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama by David Garrow
May 9
JFK
JFK: A Vision for America by Stephen Kennedy Smith
May 2
Washgtn
George Washington: A Life in Books by Kevin Hayes
May 1
TR
Forging a President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt by William Hazelgrove
May 1
Jefferson
Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty by John B. Boles
Apr 25
Eisenhwr
A Companion to Dwight D. Eisenhower by Chester Pach
Apr 10
Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln: The Critical History of an American Icon by Alan Sked
Mar 30
Nixon
Richard Nixon: The Life by John A. Farrell
Mar 28
Reagan
Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years 1976-1980 by Craig Shirley
Mar 21
Eisenhwr
Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign against Joseph McCarthy by David Nichols
Mar 21
Washgt
George Washington: A Man of Action by John Kaminski
Mar 2
Washgt
George Washington: The Wonder of the Age by John Rhodehamel
Feb 21
Lincoln
Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons by Elizabeth Brown Pryor
Feb 7
Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson – Revolutionary by Kevin Gutzman
Jan 31
Clinton
Bill Clinton: The American Presidents Series by Michael Tomasky
Jan 24
TR
The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of American Empire by Stephen Kinzer
Jan 24
Eisenhower
Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission by Brett Baier
Jan 10
Washington
Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations by John Avlon
Jan 10
Obama

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

2016 Releases:

Reagan
Reagan: An American Icon by Iwan Morgan
Dec 16
Roosev

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

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

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252 thoughts on “→ New/Upcoming Releases ←”

  1. The 2019 section appears to be empty. To correct that: Kasey Pipes (author of Ike’s Final Battle) is writing a biography on Nixon to be published by Regnery in 2019. Amazon has it dropping in August 2018, but the author’s social media states 2019.

    An interesting review of Richard Aldous’s Arthur Schlesinger Jr. biography:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/books/review/arthur-schlesinger-biography-richard-aldous.html.
    It is much more favorable than The Wall Street Journal’s review.

    • J.L. Jensen said:

      I saw Amazon has it listed at only 256 pages, so a very brief biography. Either way, I’m surprised that there seems to be a couple Nixon books a year now. There’s no shortage of info no him, but being such a polarizing figure, it means the audience is also polarized and more narrow. Then again, I recently read a new Nixon book on Watergate that analyzes some recently uncovered information on unethical ex parte meetings on the part of Judge Sirica and others of the prosecution, so there is interest in stuff like that, at least for me. I love to read about newly declassified stuff, especially when it can offer significant new info to such a historic event.

  2. I missed this one until this morning’s WSJ: An Unlikely Trust: Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and the Improbable Partnership That Remade American Business by Gerard Helferich. It is being published Jan 1, 2018.

  3. J.L. Jensen said:

    Released today was one that slipped under my radar until hearing about it this morning from Craig Shirley, “Reagan at the Movies.” Not a biography, but a memoir, it looks like a unique book with a pretty fun subject matter, at least for those of us who enjoyed many of the movies popular in the 80s! The author was a White House aide who enjoyed weekends at Camp David with the Reagan’s when they would watch movies, and he records their reactions to various films and how they impacted them as a couple and also him as a president.
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2018/02/26/charming-new-book-has-front-row-seat-president-and-nancy-reagan-movie-night/357066002/

  4. After a quiet period, the publishers seem to have added a couple new titles to their fall offerings.
    – Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash Over the New Deal by Eric Rauchway (Basic Books, 272 pages). Dr. Rauchway’s Murdering McKinley was a very good read.
    – Reagan: An American Journey by Bob Spitz (Penguin Press, 608 pages). This one could be interesting as his prior books focused on the Beatles, Woodstock, and Julia Child. The blurb on Amazon states: “Reagan stands fair to be the first truly post-partisan biography of our 40th President, and thus a balm for our own bitterly divided times.”

    • Fabulous – thanks. Now that I’m back in civilization with access to electricity and internet I’m going to have to update this page. I was unaware of these and will be adding them shortly!

    • J.L. Jensen said:

      I’m curious how objective Dr. Rauchway can be in “Winter War” considering he is solidly on the side of FDR’s economic policies as read about in “The Money Makers.” It has the potential to be pretty good (the subject matter is very intriguing, as is that interregnum), as long as he can walk that fine line of being objective about policies that he has already come out as a strong proponent of. The Reagan book has some potential. I haven’t been asked yet to provide any reviews for it, but I am anticipating some review requests later in the summer. I am unfamiliar with Bob Spitz’s other works, so am also unfamiliar with his writing style and approach to research. Thanks for listing these! I love hearing about upcoming releases.

  5. Gary Schantz said:

    It’s becoming painfully obvious that we’ll never have enough books on Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Kennedy and both Roosevelts. Too bad there isn’t more interest in the other 39 presidents.

    • Believe it or not I’m waiting for a really good biography of Martin Van Buren (though I’m not holding my breath). As much as I’m looking forward to Chernow’s and White’s bios of Grant (as just two examples) I’d really like to see biographers of their caliber tackle someone a bit less conventional and well-known.

      • Gary Schantz said:

        I completely agree. Since Chernow wrote The Warbugs and The House of Morgan, I would think he could write a great book about Harding or Taft as it falls around the same period.

      • J.L. Jensen said:

        I would love to see Chernow tackle a 20th century president, and Taft would be near the top of the list. I would love to see a similar treatment of Harding and Coolidge as well, two presidents very underrepresented in published works. When people say that’s because they led boring, uneventful lives, it makes me wonder if that’s really the case, or simply what we believe to be the case precisely because they have not received the Chernow treatment from a historian of his caliber who is able to not only uncover additional details previously unknown, but who is also able to write about it meaningfully and with good prose. Of course, I would also add Van Buren to that list, among several others!

    • I respectfully disagree. Eisenhower’s presidency has undergone a reevaulation in recent years and there’s been a deluge of books to go along with that; LBJ’s presidency is under reconsideration from historians who had written it off as a failure due to Vietnam; Reagan has also seen a strong interest over the past decade as well.

      • Gary Schantz said:

        I will concede what you have written to be true. I basically think that outside the presidents I have mentioned and the ones you have mentioned, it is just the same old stories. Taft would be a good subject due to his status as the only president who served on the supreme court. Harding and Buchanan would make good subjects since so many people like to read about scandals. Pierce’s personally tragedies would make a good story. Anything but another Kennedy or Roosevelt book.

    • I think us presidential history buffs would like to see the literature better dispersed among the presidents. Unfortunately, the general buying public likes the big names. One time when I was thinning out my collection a dealer told me “I’ll take your TR books because they’ll sell, but the other ones will just sit.”

      • Gary Schantz said:

        I believe it. While searching for books to build my library, I was amazed at how many books have been written on Washington or Kennedy to the point where each book seems plagiarized from the next book.

      • J.L. Jensen said:

        I was shocked a couple weeks ago when I listed “Franklin Pierce: New Hampshire’s Favorite Son” and it sold 6 hours later. Granted, I was the lowest price, but I was still asking list price ($35). To be honest, when I listed it, I thought it would sit for weeks. I haven’t read this one yet, but ordered a copy direct from the publisher a while ago and it arrived slightly damaged, so they sent me a replacement for free and told me to just keep the other one.

      • This surprisingly (at least to me) became an expensive set. Your price was quite reasonable. I purchased signed copies upon publication and was surprised at the prices being asked when I checked a couple years back.

      • J.L. Jensen said:

        Yes, the third market pricing has fluctuated dramatically over the last year, spiking and dropping. It’s never dropped below retail price, but it has spiked several times to around $100. Of course, I learned long ago to contact authors or publishers directly about availability of copies if the third market pricing is exorbitant, and the book is somewhat recent. The Franklin Pierce set is still in stock and available direct from the publisher for retail price, but being a small publisher and limited set, most people probably don’t think of contacting them directly.

  6. Gary, I concur.

  7. Here’s another one that may be intriguing: Rising Star, Setting Sun and the Presidential Transition that Changed America (Eisenhower to Kennedy) by John Shaw. John Shaw authored JFK in the Senate.

  8. J.L. Jensen said:

    Your addition of “Interrupted Odyssey” as part of the World of Ulysses S. Grant series made me remember there’s another volume in that series coming out this year as well, scheduled for July 13, 2018. It is “The Decision Was Always My Own: Ulysses S. Grant and the Vicksburg Campaign.”
    https://www.amazon.com/Decision-Was-Always-Own-Vicksburg/dp/0809336669

  9. You left out Partner to Power: The Secret World of Presidents and Their Advisers. It is a psychological biography of 10 presidents, studying how their psychology impacted their decision making. Came out in February.

  10. Gary Schantz said:

    I am looking forward to a good book on Gerald Ford plus Jon Meacham’s Madison. I hope James Bradley’s book on Van Buren is good too.

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