→ 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 February 24, 2020.  If I’m missing something please let me know!

Upcoming Releases:

Clinton Clinton’s Elections: 1992, 1996, and the Birth of a New Era of Governance by Michael Nelson Feb 22
Ford/
Carter
The Election of the Evangelical: Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and the Presidential Contest of 1976 by Daniel K. Williams Feb 28
T Roosev
Theodore Roosevelt, Naturalist in the Arena by Char Miller (ed) and Clay Jenkinson (ed) Mar 1
Jefferson Thomas Jefferson: Psychobiography of an American Lion by M. Andrew Holowchak Mar 2
Adams John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father’s Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial by Dan Abrams Mar 3
Trump The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning by Dan McAdams Mar 16
[Trump] The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir by John Bolton Mar 17
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
Madison
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 31
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
[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
Lincoln
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 Oct 6
Cleveland A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland” by Troy Senik
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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. 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.

      • J.L. Jensen said:

        Hoover was extremely fascinating pre-presidency. I am surprised how much I enjoyed reading about that period, particularly the first 3 volumes of the massive 6 volume treatment of his life (“The Engineer, 1874-1914,” “The Humanitarian, 1914-1917,” and “Master of Emergencies, 1917-1918”). It’s fair to say he may be the greatest humanitarian in American history. Just a couple months ago I was talking with a friend, who is a screenwriter, about Hoover’s life, and as we were talking he remarked that there could be an exciting screenplay in there. From his weeks under fire on the front lines of the Boxer Rebellion in China to his humanitarian efforts amidst World War I in Europe and even his orphaned youth filled with near-death experiences that continued through his early mining career when he began to rise from poverty and amass his wealth.

  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:

    http://amzn.to/2jTX5XJ

  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):
    http://amzn.to/2kMJoep

    Oct 31: Noah Feldman on Madison:
    http://amzn.to/2lO6qpx

    Nov 7: Gordon Wood on Adams and Jefferson (anyone else enjoy Matt Damon citing Wood in Good Will Hunting?):
    http://amzn.to/2ksA2bL

  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.

    • An excellent problem indeed. In my humble opinion, the best of 2017 would probably be Chernow’s Grant, Merry’s McKinley, Greenberger’s Arthur, and Farrell’s Nixon.

      • I think Nixon is a fascinating political figure and I’m looking forward to Steve’s take on his books not to mention Kennedy, LBJ and Reagan but why do you feel Farrell’s Nixon book will be noteworthy. I don’t now anything about Farrell as a writer.

      • The book has been receiving favorable advance publicity.

        About the author: http://www.jafarrell.com/aboutjack.html

        Review from Kirkus: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/john-a-farrell/richard-nixon-the-life/

        The Kirkus coda says it all for me: “Full of fresh, endlessly revealing insights into Nixon’s political career, less on the matter of his character, refreshingly, than on the events that accompanied and resulted from it.”

      • That review does sound promising and Nixon certainly was a complicated guy.

      • J.L. Jensen said:

        Farrell actually surprised me. I learned a couple years ago that Farrell personally does not like Nixon, and since that time my hopes for an objective biography kept sinking as I regularly saw him denigrate Nixon, but this work actually offers praise in some areas and even handed analysis in others. He does stretch to offer new indictments of aspects of Nixon’s involvement in Vietnam, and while some arguments seem plausible, others less so. Nonetheless, a solid biography. If you liked Evan Thomas’ “Being Nixon,” you’ll like this one for its added depth (and increased length).

  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?

  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 . . .

    • J.L. Jensen said:

      I, too, can’t wait for the Radosh book. In my research to find out a target date (which I did not find), I did find this Op-Ed Radosh wrote for the New York Times back in 2015 which I’m sure is a small preview of what to expect in his book. This certainly got me more excited for his upcoming biography.

  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:
    http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-American-Spirit/David-McCullough/9781501174216

    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
    https://kansaspress.ku.edu/978-0-7006-2500-0.html

    … and this long-awaited volume in the American Presidency Series:
    The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant by Charles Calhoun, Sept 22, 2017.
    https://kansaspress.ku.edu/978-0-7006-2484-3.html

    • J.L. Jensen said:

      I pre-ordered both of these without hesitation as soon as I saw them available. There’s not many good biographies about Ford, though An Honorable Life is good and probably the best right now.

      As for the Grant volume, I am actually quite excited to have a 720 page book that focuses exclusively on his presidency. I’ve always felt it was more consequential than people realize, and even more influential in establishing the foundations of the modern Republican party’s focus on economic issues and fiscal conservatism. Lots of good Grant books to look forward to this year, especially Chernow’s, but I am anticipating this nearly as much for a deeper analysis of his presidency than we’ve ever been treated to.

      • I did not notice the page count for The Presidency of Grant. Most of the volumes are in the 300-400 range. The LBJ volume at 432 is the next closest.

  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…

    • Ronald Park said:

      Walter Isaacson will release a biography of Leonardo DaVinci on October 17.

      • Indeed…I’ve been trying to figure out how / whether I can justify “sneaking” the DaVinci bio in amongst my presidential bios. Probably won’t attempt it (then I’d have to go ahead and read Chernow’s “Hamilton” and several others before finishing the POTUS line-up) but it’s tempting!

  33. Richard said:

    I’m more than half way thru Chernow’s Hamilton. It’s a lengthy book but never a dull moment. He was a fascinating man and I have to admit I didn’t much about him before starting the book. Also, on C-SPAN’s Q&A, Brian Lamb recently interviewed John Farrell about his Nixon book. Looks like it’s well worth reading and I’m looking forward to your take on it.

  34. Chernow has to be my favorite historical biographer. You are right about “never a dull moment” and Chernow has a way of getting inside the head of his subject that makes his writing so addictive. After reading his “Washington, A Life”, George Washington is my new all time hero.

    • Richard said:

      I’m looking forward to reading his Washington book. In Hamilton, there is a lot of interaction between Hamilton and Washington since Hamilton served as a top aid to Washington in the War and then as the first Treasury Secretary. Pretty amazing for someone who grew up in poverty in the Caribbean.

  35. It is neither biography nor new, but …

    The final volume of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant is being published in October. It is a scholarly, annotated edition of The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant which is being published by Belknap Press.

    • I just realized this is scheduled to be published one week after Chernow’s GRANT and two weeks after the University Press of Kansas publishes the missing link in its American Presidency Series (the Grant volume).

  36. Ronald Park said:

    Did you mistakenly drop the link to the non-presidential biographies?

  37. Gary Schantz said:

    The more I come back to the site, the more I am finding that the newer bios are better than the older ones. So I’m building my library based on the new books unless anyone has a suggestion of which older books are must-reads.

    • Gary Schantz said:

      Also, I’m finding that if I stick to the same authors, I find the reading to be more fluid from one book to another such Unger’s Monroe and JQA books.

  38. Billy Watson said:

    Well bad news and maybe some good news on Caro’s last LBJ volume

    Good news – He is still alive and working. He has 400 pages done.

    Bad news he wants to go to Vietnam to write the Vietnam section

    Good News – Health seems to be adequate

    Bad news – He is 81

    Come on, man – hang in there. Many of us have to have that last volume

    • Thanks for the update! I hadn’t yet seen the NYT article. I’m encouraged by the progress, and I think we all have our fingers crossed for his excellent health and longevity!

    • I see it as a positive. As long as he doesn’t experience any adverse effects a la Roosevelt in the Amazon.

    • J.L. Jensen said:

      “The author estimated that less than 5 percent of the material in his research files has made it into the finished books.”

      WOW. Talk about a wealth of information for future biographers to comb through.

  39. One new one: The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made by Patricia O’Toole, January 9, 2018.

    One update: The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock is scheduled to be published March 20, 2018.

  40. Richard said:

    There is a new interview of Robert Caro by Brian Lamb on his Q&A program from just a few days ago. Caro talks about the status of his current Johnson book among other things and despite his age (early 80’s) he said he is not rushing the book. The interview can be viewed on C-Span’s web site.

    • During his interview with Lamb, he discusses his new audiobook “On Power” which is available on audible.com. [Available with 30-day free trial through Amazon.] It was an excellent way to spend 1 hr 40 minutes.

  41. J.L. Jensen said:

    Looks like the University of Kansas’ “The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant” has been moved up and is now only about a week away from release. Can’t wait to read this as it will be my first Grant book that focuses only on his presidency, and at 720 pages I’m sure the analysis will be deep and verbose.

    As for the other book due out this year on Grant’s presidency, Paul Kahan’s “President Grant,” its release date of May 18 came and went. Amazon has no updated release date. Anyone know anything about this one and when we may expect it?

    • I reached out to Mr. Kahan earlier in the summer about Grant. He suggested I follow him on social media for news. So far, nothing new. His website is: http://www.paulkahan.com/.

      • J.L. Jensen said:

        The release date has now also come and gone for Charles Calhoun’s “The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant.” Amazon now lists this as temporarily out of stock. Man, the second Grant release in a row to pass its release date with no update on when to expect it. At least Chernow’s will be more widely anticipated and thus actually come out on its currently scheduled release date. Though not new, I did just finally grab a copy of “Citizen of a Wider Commonwealth” by Edwina Campbell. Came out last year and I finally snagged a copy. Can’t wait to read it.

      • The Press’s website notes an October publication date for Dr. Calhoun’s book. On October 14th he is scheduled to discuss and sign his book at the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop’s Author’s Voice. The long-awaiting publication appears imminent.

      • J.L. Jensen said:

        Just got a notification from Amazon that the shipping date for Calhoun’s Grant book is now Sept. 21 – Oct. 9. Given that the Press’ website says October, and his event is scheduled for Oct. 14th, I’d say early October is looking good. Who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky and it will be late September. Either way, I am very excited for this release, and also that it means Chernow’s is right behind.

      • As for the release date of Dr. Calhoun’s book: I will be happy to see the University Press of Kansas finally complete their American Presidency Series through Carter [plus George H.W. Bush]. It has been 33 years since Forrest McDonald published The Presidency of George Washington.

      • J.L. Jensen said:

        And what do you know, but Amazon also just updated their release date for Kahan’s book. They have it listed with a release date of May 18, 2018.

      • After some initial enthusiasm my interest in Dr. Kahan’s book is waning. Following three major studies in a year (Ronald White, Charles Calhoun, and Ron Chernow) I am not sure how much his book will add. Additionally we are still waiting for Brooks Simpson to complete volume 2 of his biography. Of course, other opinions will vary.

      • J.L. Jensen said:

        Got an email that Calhoun’s book has been shipped and I’ll receive it Wednesday. Great news to end an already excellent day spent at the Reagan Library where I was a guest speaker tonight. I joked with some during dinner that I thought they wanted me to speak on Ulysses S. Grant instead of Reagan and they weren’t sure if I was serious or not.

  42. And don’t forget Ron Chernow’s book, “Grant” which is due out in October this year and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. You can be sure that Chernow will do an in-depth character study of Grant.

  43. I noticed Alexis Coe’s upcoming book is noted here. Have any other readers here followed Elliott Kalan’s Audible podcast Presidents are People Too?

    • An edited version: I noticed Alexis Coe’s upcoming book is noted here. Have any other readers here followed her and Elliott Kalan’s Audible podcast Presidents are People Too?

  44. Regenry is scheduled to publish Donald Trump: The Man and His Hour by Conrad Black on May 14, 2018. Luckily (given his output on FDR and Nixon), it is described as ‘admirably concise’ (256 pages) on Amazon.

    • Thanks – I hadn’t hear about this one. And, yes, compared to the Conrad black biographies I have on my bookshelf at the moment 256 pages hardy seems worth his effort. Can’t wait to see how this works out!

  45. Gary Schantz said:

    While my reading project is not as in-depth as Steve’s, I must admit that I am getting frustrated trying to pick a few books per president. My goal has always been to have a good-working knowledge of each president but with the output of books in the past few years, I’m starting to wonder if this project is going to become a bottomless pit. The more I read, the more there is to read.

    • It can become a bottomless pit. [I have been – may still be – there. Depends on who is opining.] In addition to Steve’s list, the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop issues an Essential Presidential List. It is a little dated (November 2015) now, but still a great resource when trying to narrow your reading list.

      The titles reprinted by American Political Biography or Easton Press titles are generally well-regarded. Jeffrey Speirs of APB used to maintain a list of definitive biographies, but I haven’t seen an update in a few years.

      Quality over quantity.

      • J.L. Jensen said:

        Thank you for those Abraham Lincoln Bookshop lists, I hadn’t seen those. I chuckled when I read “or even a recommendable one” on some who didn’t have anything listed. I am glad I’m not the only one who feels there isn’t a good, definitive biography out there yet on Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton. As for Ford, I was hoping “An Honorable Life” would be it, but I haven’t read it yet, so wonder why it wasn’t on their list. I have already pre-ordered the upcoming bio on him releasing next month from University of Kansas. I feel there’s some good material out there about Clinton, but not the big bio yet. As for Carter, it’s been nearly 40 years, yet I am surprised how little there is about him. I only have 2 books on him, and neither is definitive or comprehensive in any way.

        As for being a bottomless pit…it certainly is. I am still adding to my collection and I haven’t even read everything I own yet. I currently have 253 titles totaling 130,585 pages and I haven’t even read half of it yet. I don’t know why I keep adding to it, but alas, I have a weakness for presidential history. I have books on every president, though not full bios on every one.

      • You’re welcome. Many years ago I amalgamated the ALB and APB lists into one manageable list for building a collection. Then, I jumped into the abyss and ended up with a 781 volume (and counting) presidential library. As Ken Whyte states on his website: “I don’t have any hobbies, unless hoarding books can be considered a hobby, and, even then, I’m trying to get over it.’

      • I too am a hoarder of presidential biographies. I was interested to read that some of the more, not all, interesting books are those of staff who served under various presidents. Can anyone recommend some biographies/memoirs which may be worthwhile trying to obtain and read?

      • Gary Schantz said:

        I liked the Lincoln Bookshop list. I went through the whole list and updated my spreadsheet as to what I have, what I have read and what I have to get. This hobby is fun but it can be a little OCD as I’m thinking about knocking out a wall to make my library larger. Maybe I should just read and relax for a few years.

      • J.L. Jensen said:

        @HBM, wow! 781 volumes! Do you happen to have a spreadsheet or doc with a list of your titles?

      • It’s so refreshing to see someone even more hopelessly addicted than me :). Thanks for sharing – I’ll have to comb through this in detail at some point!

      • J.L. Jensen said:

        Thank you, HBM! I have this set to notify me of new comments but for some reason I have missed a lot on this thread and haven’t been notified, so I just saw your comment with your list this morning. At 15 pages, it will take me some time to look through it all! I can’t say I will do a good job at keeping the commandments as I read through it, particularly the one about not coveting! 😉 Right off the bat, however, I did notice you have quite a few books on the elections, including many from the American Presidential Elections series. How have you enjoyed that series? Have any of them been duds or would you recommend all that you own? Of course, I must also ask how many of these you’ve read!. Thanks for sharing!

      • I have all read parts of all of them. Some of them not more than the introduction, particular sections of interest, the epilogue, or the bibliography. Frequently, I will skim through the non-Presidential portions of some books.

        Like their American Presidents Series, the UP Kansas’s series on the elections is variable. All are interesting and well researched, but they can be dense. Some of the candidates and issues can be quite dry (tariffs, bimetallism, et al.) or explained in a dry manner. The volumes are best consumed by patient readers more interested in content than style. In a few cases, these books may end up being the only modern treatment of certain elections. I would recommend them all, but not all at once.

    • AARON MILLION said:

      Gary I feel the same way at times. For example, I’ve read eleven books on or by Nixon. How many more do I really need to read on him? And yet it is a struggle to find something halfway engaging on many of the 19th century Presidents. I guess my way of dealing with the bottomless pit is that I purposely try to branch out into reading biographies of Cabinet secretaries or other top officials who worked closely with one or more Presidents. That way the presidential aspect of the book is still present, but the scope is a bit wider and I learn about some other important figures at the same time.

  46. Peter: the best narrative bio graphyI’ve ever read is Stephen Oates’s “Let the Trump Sound: A life of Martin Luther King, Jr. ” I’m also hoping for an objective and well written biography of Harry Truman. (McCullough engages in too much hagiography for me.)

    • thank you I will definitely look that one up. I am also interested to find interesting and worthwhile bios on secretaries of state and defence such as Robert McNamara which I have recently purchased.

  47. On January 28, 2018 Johns Hopkins University Press is publishing a new Eisenhower biography by Louis Galambos. Dr. Galambos is an editor on the Eisenhower papers. At just under 300 pages, it may prove to be an accessible biography.

    • Thanks – this one totally escaped my attention. Looking forward to learning more about it!

      • J.L. Jensen said:

        I missed this one as well. I have already pre-ordered William Hitchcock’s “The Age of Eisenhower,” but this one by Galambos has potential as he was the editor of the Eisenhower papers, so he should have some good insights into the man, and at under 300 pages hopefully it is crisp and clear.

      • Hi! Just wanted to point out that you listed the new Eisenhower book as “Truman” in the left column. (Currently reading Chernow’s Grant bio and loving it.)

      • Ah yes, an inexplicable case of pilot error. Thanks for catching!

  48. I’m a bit surprised there’s nothing on the horizon about Ronald Reagan . . .

  49. J.L. Jensen said:

    It’s official! Chernow’s “Grant” has been optioned by Lionsgate for a movie.
    http://deadline.com/2017/11/ulysses-grant-movie-leonardo-dicaprio-lionsgate-appian-way-ron-chernow-bestseller-grant-1202198671/

    • Gary Schantz said:

      When I saw the picture of Grant on the dust-jacket of the Chernow book, I thought it was Robin Williams. I bet he could have played the part perfectly considering Grant’s numerous travails. Unfortunately, we will never know.

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