→ New/Upcoming Releases ←

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

Last updated December 31, 2017 (recent changes in bold).  If I’m missing something please let me know…

Upcoming Releases:

T Roosevelt An Unlikely Trust: Theodore Roosevelt, JP Morgan, and the Improbable Partnership that Remade American Business by Gerard Helferich Jan 1, 2018
Lincoln and Churchill: Statesmen at War by Lewis Lehrman Jan 15, 2018
Eisenhower: Becoming Leader of the Free World by Louis Galambos Jan 28, 2018
LBJ Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House by Joshua Zeitz Jan 30, 2018
Trump The Faith of Donald J. Trump: A Spiritual Biography by David Brody Feb 13, 2018
Eisenhwr The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock Mar 20, 2018
Taft William Howard Taft: The American Presidents Series by Jeffrey Rosen Mar 20, 2018
Washington The Indian World of George Washington by Colin Calloway Apr 2, 2018
T Roosev Theodore Roosevelt: A Literary Life by Thomas Bailey Apr 3, 2018
Eisenhower Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties by James Simon Apr 3, 2018
Carter President Carter: The White House Years by Stuart Eizenstat Apr 24, 2018
Wilson The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made by Patricia O’Toole Apr 24, 2018
Washington Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father by Peter Stark May 1, 2018
Trump Donald Trump: The Man and His Hour 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
T Roosev Theodore Roosevelt: Progressive, Warrior, and Naturalist by Neil Cogan Jul 1, 2018
Reagan Reagan: The American President by Larry Schweikart Jul 4, 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
Carter [Currently untitled] by Jonathan Alter [2018]
Washgtn [You Never Forget Your First] by Alexis Coe [2018]
Nixon [Currently untitled] by Kasey Pipes [2019]
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-

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
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
Jackson Sharp Knife: Andrew Jackson and the American Indians by Alfred Cave
Sept 30
The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur by Scott Greenberger
Sept 12
Power Without Victory: Woodrow Wilson by Trygve Thronveit
July 15
Obama: The Call of History by Peter Baker
June 27
The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism by Henry Olsen
June 27
Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War by Fred Kaplan
June 13
Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights by Steven Levingston
June 6
Becoming Abraham Lincoln: The Coming of Age of Our Greatest President by Richard Kigel
June 6
Avenging the People: Andrew Jackson, the Rule of Law, and the American Nation by J. M. Opal
June 1
Wrestling With His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln (Vol 2) by Sidney Blumenthal
May 16
Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever by Patrick Buchanan
May 9
The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign by Thomas Oliphant
May 9
Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama by David Garrow
May 9
JFK: A Vision for America by Stephen Kennedy Smith
May 2
George Washington: A Life in Books by Kevin Hayes
May 1
Forging a President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt by William Hazelgrove
May 1
Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty by John B. Boles
Apr 25
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).


230 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:
    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.

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