Biographies

About Biographies

Book TV regularly covers author talks on biographies of prominent and historical figures. These can be searched by author name or subject and viewed here.  IN this category, you will also find autobiographies.

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Coming Up on Book TV

"Self-Help Messiah: Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America"
Steven Watts

Next air time: Sunday, April 20th at 5pm (ET)

"Self-Help Messiah: Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America"

Archived Programs

Programs shown in this archive cover the past year. To search for programs in earlier years, please use the search functionality above.

"Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike"
Jared Orsi

Last aired: April 6, 2014

"Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike"
"Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist"
Robert Miraldi

Last aired: March 24, 2014

"Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist"
"HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton"
Jonathan Allen; Amie Parnes

Last aired: March 22, 2014

"HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton"
"I Am Amelia Earhart" and "I Am Abraham Lincoln"
Brad Meltzer

Last aired: March 16, 2014

"I Am Amelia Earhart" and "I Am Abraham Lincoln"
"Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation"
Cokie Roberts

Last aired: March 8, 2014

"Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation"
"HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton"
Jonathan Allen; Amie Parnes

Last aired: February 23, 2014

"HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton"
"Willard Garvey: An Epic Life"
Maura McEnaney

Last aired: January 1, 2014

"Willard Garvey: An Epic Life"
"My Beloved World"
Sonia Sotomayor

Last aired: December 28, 2013

"My Beloved World"
"American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell"
Deborah Solomon

Last aired: December 15, 2013

"American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell"
"Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Vietnam's Madame Nhu"
Monique Demery

Last aired: November 30, 2013

"Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Vietnam's Madame Nhu"
15th Anniversary of BookTV from 2009: "The Reagan I Knew"
Brent Bozell; Richard Brookhiser; William F. Buckley; Rich Lowry

Last aired: November 17, 2013

15th Anniversary of BookTV from 2009: "The Reagan I Knew"
"The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard"
Stephen Jimenez

Last aired: October 15, 2013

"The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard"
"Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation"
Robert Wilson

Last aired: October 13, 2013

"Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation"
"Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia"
John Muller

Last aired: September 21, 2013

"Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia"
"Hope After Faith: An Ex-Pastor's Journey From Belief to Atheism"
Jerry DeWitt

Last aired: September 9, 2013

"Hope After Faith: An Ex-Pastor's Journey From Belief to Atheism"
"Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center"
Ray Monk

Last aired: September 2, 2013

"Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center"
"Chinese Girl in the Ghetto"
Ying Ma

Last aired: August 31, 2013

"Chinese Girl in the Ghetto"
"Hammarskjold: A Life"
Roger Lipsey

Last aired: July 27, 2013

"Hammarskjold: A Life"
"Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir"
Greg Bellow

Last aired: June 2, 2013

"Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir"
"The Black Russian"
Vladimir Alexandrov

Last aired: May 27, 2013

"The Black Russian"
"Bolivar: American Liberator"
Marie Arana

Last aired: May 11, 2013

"Bolivar: American Liberator"
"Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family"
Ezekiel Emanuel

Last aired: April 28, 2013

"Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family"

Book TV Schedule

Highlights

BookTV in Fort Myers, Florida
BookTV Visits Fort Myers, Florida

Next air time: Saturday, April 19th, at 11:45am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 15 min.
2014 San Antonio Book Festival: Bill White, "America's Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph and Collapse"
Bill White

Next air time: Saturday, April 19th, at 1pm (ET)
Approx. 44 min.
2014 San Antonio Book Festival: Miriam Pawel, "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography"
Miriam Pawel

Next air time: Saturday, April 19th, at 1:45pm (ET)
Approx. 46 min.
2014 San Antonio Book Festival - Panel on Stories That Shaped San Antonio
Ignacio Garcia; Nick Kotz

Next air time: Saturday, April 19th, at 2:30pm (ET)
Approx. 58 min.
2014 San Antonio Book Festival - Panel on the NSA, Big Brother, and Democracy
Heidi Boghosian; John Prados

Next air time: Saturday, April 19th, at 4:15pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 1 min.
2014 San Antonio Book Festival: Richard Rodriguez, "Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography"
Richard Rodriguez

Next air time: Saturday, April 19th, at 5:15pm (ET)
Approx. 44 min.
2014 San Antonio Book Festival: Kevin Powers, "Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting"
Kevin Powers

Next air time: Saturday, April 19th, at 6pm (ET)
Approx. 51 min.
"Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution - As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen"
Mallory Factor

Next air time: Saturday, April 19th, at 7pm (ET)
Approx. 46 min.
"Dispatches from the Eastern Front: A Political Education from the Nixon Years to the Age of Obama"
Gerald Felix Warburg

Next air time: Saturday, April 19th, at 7:45pm (ET)
Approx. 52 min.
"Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama"
Stephen Sestanovich

Next air time: Saturday, April 19th, at 8:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 5 min.
"Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics"
Terry Golway

Next air time: Sunday, April 20th, at 5:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 12 min.
Colby Military Writers Symposium - The Mark Johnson Show Interviews
Multiple Authors

Next air time: Sunday, April 20th, at 7pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 51 min.
"Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis"
Tim Townsend

Next air time: Sunday, April 20th, at 10pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 2 min.
"American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant"
Ann Scott Tyson

Next air time: Sunday, April 20th, at 11pm (ET)
Approx. 56 min.

Also Airing...

Saturday, April 19th

8am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 16 min.
"Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit"
Charles Calomiris; Stephen Haber
9:15am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 19 min.
"A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran"
Shane Bauer; Joshua Fattal; Sarah Shourd
10:45am (ET)
Approx. 57 min.
"Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You"
Greg Gutfeld
11:45am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 15 min.
BookTV in Fort Myers, Florida
BookTV Visits Fort Myers, Florida
2:30pm (ET)
Approx. 58 min.
2014 San Antonio Book Festival - Panel on Stories That Shaped San Antonio
Ignacio Garcia; Nick Kotz
4:15pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 1 min.
2014 San Antonio Book Festival - Panel on the NSA, Big Brother, and Democracy
Heidi Boghosian; John Prados
8:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 5 min.
"Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama"
Stephen Sestanovich
11pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 2 min.
"Falling in Love with America Again"
Jim DeMint

Sunday, April 20th

1:30am (ET)
Approx. 58 min.
2014 San Antonio Book Festival - Panel on Stories That Shaped San Antonio
Ignacio Garcia; Nick Kotz
3:15am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 1 min.
2014 San Antonio Book Festival - Panel on the NSA, Big Brother, and Democracy
Heidi Boghosian; John Prados
6am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 16 min.
"Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better"
Peter Schuck
7:15am (ET)
Approx. 50 min.
"Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons"
Sylviane Diouf
9:45am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 4 min.
"A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power"
Jimmy Carter
10:45am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 15 min.
BookTV in Fort Myers, Florida
BookTV Visits Fort Myers, Florida
2pm (ET)
Approx. 54 min.
"The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success"
Megan McArdle
3pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 15 min.
"Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot"
Masha Gessen
5:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 12 min.
"Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics"
Terry Golway
7pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 51 min.
Colby Military Writers Symposium - The Mark Johnson Show Interviews
Multiple Authors

Monday, April 21st

2am (ET)
Approx. 54 min.
"Taxifornia: Liberals' Laboratory to Bankrupt America"
James Lacy
4am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 51 min.
Colby Military Writers Symposium - The Mark Johnson Show Interviews
Multiple Authors

Upcoming Programs

IN DEPTH

In Depth is Book TV's monthly interview/call-in program with an author featuring his or her body of work.  It's LIVE on the first Sunday of every month.    

May 4, 2014 Luis Rodriguez  http://www.luisjrodriguez.com/index.htm 
 
You can watch all past In Depths online by using the "Search" function in the upper left hand corner of this website.

EVENT COVERAGE

4/9     Norwich University, Norwich, Vermont: Colby Military Writers Symposium

4/9     Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY: Clay Risen, The Bill of the Century

4/10    Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver: Doug Fine, Hemp Bound

4/10     Alex Theater, Los Angeles: Michael Lewis, Flash Boys in conversaton with Malcolm Gladwell

4/12 & 4/13     Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, University of Southern California

4/14    Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, New York City: Michael Malice, Dear Reader

4/14     Council on Global Affairs, Chicago: Carlotta Gall, The Wrong Enemy

4/15    RAND Corporation, Los Angeles: William Easterly, The Tyranny of Experts

4/16    Eric Quezada Center for Politics, San Francisco: Lauren Coodley, Upton Sinclair

4/17    Louisville Public Library, Louisville, Kentucky: Matt Taibbi, The Divide

4/24     Westfield State University, Westfield, Massachusetts: George Michael, Extremism in America

 

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Book TV covers many book festivals each year, many of them LIVE.  In 2014, our festival coverage will include book festivals in Tucson, Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlottesville, New York, Freedom Fest in Vegas, Brooklyn, the Roosevelt Reading Festival in Hyde Park, NY, Harlem Book Festival, the Texas Book Festival and Miami Book Fair International in November.  You can watch those we've already covered online.  Find them using the "Search" button in the upper lefthand corner of this homepage.

For a complete list of upcoming book festivals, click on the BOOK FAIRS tab at the top of the page.