→ Upcoming Releases ←

Upcoming and recent books related to the presidents are shown below. This list is based on press releases, news stories, emails from publishers and authors, emails/comments I receive and tentative publication dates provided by booksellers. Titles and publication dates are subject to change. Recent changes shown in bold.

Last updated March 13, 2020.  If I’m missing something please let me know!

Upcoming Releases:

Trump The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning by Dan McAdams Mar 16
Trump Psychologically Sound: The Mind of Donald J. Trump by Sheldon Roth, M.D. Mar 17
Trump The Toddler in Chief: What Donald Trump Teaches Us about the Modern Presidency by Daniel Drezner Mar 22
The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family by Bettye Kearse Mar 24
T Roosev Theodore Roosevelt: A Manly President’s Gendered Personal and Political Transformations by Neil Cogan Mar 26
Washington The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution by Lindsay Chervinsky Apr 7
Lincoln Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington by Ted Widmer Apr 7
JFK The House of Kennedy by James Patterson Apr 13
Lincoln The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s Sixteenth President by Brad Meltzer May 5
Monroe James Monroe: A Life by Tim McGrath May 5
T Roosev The Hour of Fate: Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and the People’s War on Corporate Power by Susan Berfield May 5
Tyler President without a Party: The Life of John Tyler by Christopher Leahy May 6
[Trump] The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir by John Bolton May 12
[various] Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump by Kate Andersen Brower May 19
Trump Trump and Churchill: Defenders of Western Civilization by Nick Adams May 19
John Adams
The Education of John Adams by R.B. Bernstein June 1
Summoned to Glory: The Audacious Life of Abraham Lincoln by Richard Striner June 1
TR Go West Mr. President: Theodore Roosevelt’s Great Loop Tour of 1903 by Michael Blake June 1
Eisenhower How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions by Susan Eisenhower June 2
Van Buren / Wm Harrison Old Tip vs. the Sly Fox: The 1840 Election and the Making of a Partisan Nation by Richard Ellis [a University Press of Kansas publication] June 12
Trump Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump by Jennifer Merceica June 15
Reagan Reconsidering Reagan: Racism, Republicans, and the Road to Trump by Daniel Lucks June 23
Washington George Washington, Entrepreneur by John Berlau June 30
Truman [Currently untitled] by A.J. Baime [Summer 2020]
JFK JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century by Fredrik Logevall Sept 8
Carter His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life by Jonathan Alter Sept 29
Lincoln Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times by David Reynolds Sept 29
Lincoln The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom by H.W. Brands Oct 6
Cleveland A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland” by Troy Senik
Buchanan [Currently untitled] by Paul Kahan -tbd-
JFK [Currently untitled] by Timothy Nafthali -tbd-
Grant Grant and His Generals: A Study of Civil War Command by Harry Laver -tbd-
Grant General U.S. Grant and President Andrew Johnson by Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein -tbd-
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-
Ford [Currently untitled] by Richard Norton Smith -tbd-
Grant [Currently untitled] (Vol 2) by Brooks Simpson -tbd-
Madison [Currently untitled] by John Meacham -tbd-
Garfield The Life and Labors of James Garfield by C.W. Goodyear rumored

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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  1. I happened upon references to a couple of new books that are in the works – “A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland” by Troy Senik, and “The Life and Labors of James Garfield” by CW Goodyear. No word on publication dates that I could find.

    On a side note, Charles Rappleye, whose last book was on Hoover (and which I highly recommend) was working on a biography of Zachary Taylor when he unfortunately passed away about a year and a half ago. I got in touch with his literary agent, who confirmed sadly that the book was not completed and won’t be published. A real loss.

    • The news about Charles Rappleye’s passing is indeed sad. His book on Hoover was first class.

      The books by Troy Senik and CW Goodyear are being well hidden by the publishers – whoever they may be. Have you picked up that information?

      • Both are said to be Simon & Schuster – I can’t find much about Goodyear’s book, but Senik is promoting his in his online profiles.

        As for Rappleye, I have no idea how far he had gotten on the Taylor book – maybe not far enough for someone else to continue or complete it. But given that Steve and we commenters are always wishing a first-rate writer would take on a lesser-known president, a Rappleye book on Zachary Taylor could have been quite the treat.

      • Very good news. After not finding much information about either book, I was afraid they were going to be published by a vanity press.

      • I had not previously heard anything about Senik’s or Goodyear’s books and no publisher has contacted me yet to claim credit for them(!)

        Count me in, too, as disappointed we won’t have the benefit of seeing what Rappleye could have done with Zachary Taylor. Coincidentally I’m beginning his Hoover biography later today and expect to read his biography of Robert Morris in a few months!

    • Gary Schantz said:

      While it is a shame that Rappleye passed, it is unfortunate that the editor does not have someone to complete the book. I was always under the impression that all writers have a “ghost-writer” per se that does the grunt work that the author then finalizes before passing on to the editor. But perhaps I am wrong.

  2. Can I request that you restore the list of recent releases that also used to appear on this page? I always found it helpful because it showed me what books I could actually buy, unlike books that are not yet available.

    • Jeff, I moved those to their own pages (each past year of new releases has its own page) because this page got to be cumbersome in length.

      When you hover over the “Upcoming Releases” title in the upper row of menu items, a drop-down menu should appear which gives you the option of also going to individual pages for the past “new releases” for years 2015 through 2020. Another way to get to the 2019 page of releases would be to go to this address: https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2019-releases/ – or substitute 2018, 2017, etc., for those years.

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