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

"The Secret History of Wonder Woman"
Jill Lepore

Next air time: Saturday, November 29th at 7:45pm (ET)

"The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History"
Boris Johnson

Next air time: Sunday, November 30th at 11am (ET)

"The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History"
"The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered"
Laura Auricchio

Next air time: Sunday, November 30th at 4pm (ET)

"The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered"

Archived Programs

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

President George W. Bush, "41: A Portrait of My Father"
George W. Bush

Last aired: November 23, 2014

President George W. Bush, "41: A Portrait of My Father"
"The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered"
Laura Auricchio

Last aired: November 15, 2014

"The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered"
"The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History"
Boris Johnson

Last aired: November 15, 2014

"The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History"
"Cosby: His Life and Times"
Mark Whitaker

Last aired: November 10, 2014

"Cosby: His Life and Times"
"Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me"
Lucinda Franks

Last aired: November 9, 2014

"Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me"
"Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace"
Leon Panetta

Last aired: November 9, 2014

"Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace"
"Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer"
Charles Marsh

Last aired: September 15, 2014

"Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer"
"Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce"
Sylvia Jukes Morris

Last aired: September 2, 2014

"Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce"
Interview with Hillary Clinton, "Hard Choices"
Hillary Clinton

Last aired: September 2, 2014

Interview with Hillary Clinton, "Hard Choices"
"Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space"
Lynn Sherr

Last aired: August 18, 2014

"Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space"
"On My Watch - Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience"
Martha Johnson

Last aired: July 26, 2014

"On My Watch - Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience"
"Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual"
Lauren Coodley

Last aired: June 30, 2014

"Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual"
"I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir"
James Webb

Last aired: June 30, 2014

"I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir"
"Lines of Descent: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity"
Kwame Anthony Appiah

Last aired: June 22, 2014

"Lines of Descent: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity"
"Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike"
Jared Orsi

Last aired: May 11, 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"

Book TV Schedule

Highlights

2014 National Book Awards
Multiple Authors

Next air time: Friday, November 28th, at 12pm (ET)
Approx. 2 hr. 4 min.
James Patterson on the Importance of Independent Reading in Our Schools
James Patterson

Next air time: Thursday, November 27th, at 7pm (ET)
Approx. 51 min.
"Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game"
Mark Edmundson

Next air time: Thursday, November 27th, at 4pm (ET)
Approx. 54 min.
Steve Almond, "Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto" and Gregg Easterbrook, "The King of Sports: Why Football Must Be Reformed"
Steve Almond; Gregg Easterbrook

Next air time: Thursday, November 27th, at 5pm (ET)
Approx. 53 min.
After Words: Cal Thomas, "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America," hosted by Juan Williams
Next air time: Thursday, November 27th, at 8pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 2 min.
In Depth: Michael Korda
Next air time: Thursday, November 27th, at 9pm (ET)
Approx. 2 hr. 56 min.
"War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love"
Rebecca Frankel

Next air time: Friday, November 28th, at 12am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 4 min.
BookTV Tours Book Publisher Simon & Schuster
BookTV Tours Simon & Schuster

Next air time: Thursday, November 27th, at 1pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 12 min.
Interview with Anthony Marx, President & CEO of the New York Public Library
Anthony Marx

Next air time: Friday, November 28th, at 10am (ET)
Approx. 42 min.
Tour of the New York Public Library: Berg Collection of English and American Literature
Isaac Gewirtz

Next air time: Friday, November 28th, at 10:42am (ET)
Approx. 11 min.
Tour of the New York Public Library: Rose Reading Room
Ann Thornton

Next air time: Friday, November 28th, at 10:53am (ET)
Approx. 3 min.
"The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents"
Ronald Kessler

Next air time: Thursday, November 27th, at 10am (ET)
Approx. 50 min.
"The Reagan Enigma: 1964-1980"
Thomas Reed

Next air time: Saturday, November 29th, at 7pm (ET)
Approx. 40 min.
"The Secret History of Wonder Woman"
Jill Lepore

Next air time: Saturday, November 29th, at 7:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 9 min.
"An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States: How Taxes, Energy, and Worker Freedom Change Everything"
Arthur Laffer

Next air time: Saturday, November 29th, at 9pm (ET)
Approx. 52 min.
Book TV Interviews with New York University Professors: Dan Fagin, "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation"
Dan Fagin

Next air time: Thursday, November 27th, at 8:32am (ET)
Approx. 25 min.
Book TV Interviews with New York University Professors: Linda Gordon, "Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits"
Linda Gordon

Next air time: Sunday, November 30th, at 1:25pm (ET)
Approx. 28 min.
"How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness"
Russ Roberts

Next air time: Sunday, November 30th, at 7pm (ET)
Approx. 49 min.
2014 Wisconsin Book Festival: Gail Sheehy, "Daring: My Passages"
Gail Sheehy

Next air time: Sunday, November 30th, at 7:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 6 min.
"Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin's Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom"
Allen West

Next air time: Sunday, November 30th, at 10pm (ET)
Approx. 59 min.
"Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation"
Bill Nye

Next air time: Sunday, November 30th, at 11pm (ET)
Approx. 59 min.
Book TV Interviews with New York University Professors: Brooke Kroeger, "Undercover Reporting"
Brooke Kroeger

Next air time: Monday, December 1st, at 1:25am (ET)
Approx. 25 min.
"The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels"
Alex Epstein

Next air time: Monday, December 1st, at 2am (ET)
Approx. 56 min.
2014 Miami Book Fair: Viewer Call-in with Kris Paronto and Mark Geist, "13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi"
Mark Geist; Kris Paronto

Next air time: Sunday, November 30th, at 12:15am (ET)
Approx. 38 min.

Also Airing...

Thursday, November 27th

1pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 12 min.
BookTV Tours Book Publisher Simon & Schuster
BookTV Tours Simon & Schuster
4pm (ET)
Approx. 54 min.
"Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game"
Mark Edmundson
9pm (ET)
Approx. 2 hr. 56 min.
In Depth: Michael Korda

Friday, November 28th

12am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 4 min.
"War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love"
Rebecca Frankel
2am (ET)
Approx. 54 min.
"Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game"
Mark Edmundson
8am (ET)
Approx. 57 min.
"Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln"
Richard Brookhiser
10:53am (ET)
Approx. 3 min.
Tour of the New York Public Library: Rose Reading Room
Ann Thornton
12pm (ET)
Approx. 2 hr. 4 min.
2014 National Book Awards
Multiple Authors
4pm (ET)
Approx. 54 min.
"World Order"
Henry Kissinger
6:53pm (ET)
Approx. 3 min.
Tour of the New York Public Library: Rose Reading Room
Ann Thornton
9pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 4 min.
"War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love"
Rebecca Frankel
11:30pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 12 min.
BookTV Tours Book Publisher Simon & Schuster
BookTV Tours Simon & Schuster

Saturday, November 29th

1am (ET)
Approx. 2 hr. 4 min.
2014 National Book Awards
Multiple Authors
6am (ET)
Approx. 54 min.
"World Order"
Henry Kissinger
8am (ET)
Approx. 56 min.
"Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State"
Megan Ming Francis
9am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 10 min.
"The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus"
Richard Preston
10:15am (ET)
Approx. 43 min.
"13 Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War"
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
11am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 14 min.
"Exonerated: A Brief and Dangerous Freedom"
Joyce King
12:15pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr.
"The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War"
Yochi Dreazen
1:30pm (ET)
Approx. 58 min.
"Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice"
John Nagl
2:30pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 14 min.
"Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government"
Sam Daley-Harris
4:30pm (ET)
Approx. 41 min.
2014 Miami Book Fair: Cornel West, "Black Prophetic Fire"
Cornel West
7pm (ET)
Approx. 40 min.
"The Reagan Enigma: 1964-1980"
Thomas Reed
7:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 9 min.
"The Secret History of Wonder Woman"
Jill Lepore

Sunday, November 30th

3am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 22 min.
"My Story"
Julia Gillard
4:30am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 1 min.
"Crapitalism: Liberals Who Make Millions Swiping Your Tax Dollars"
Jason Mattera
6:45am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 6 min.
John Lanchester, "How to Speak Money" & Michael Lewis, "Liar's Poker"
John Lanchester; Michael Lewis
9am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 3 min.
2014 Boston Book Festival - Panel: Mayors
Benjamin Barber; Daniel Rivera; Martin Walsh; Lisa Wong
11am (ET)
Approx. 55 min.
"The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History"
Boris Johnson
2pm (ET)
Approx. 40 min.
"The Reagan Enigma: 1964-1980"
Thomas Reed
4pm (ET)
Approx. 56 min.
"The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered"
Laura Auricchio
6pm (ET)
Approx. 57 min.
"The Meaning of Human Existence"
Edward O. Wilson
7:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 6 min.
2014 Wisconsin Book Festival: Gail Sheehy, "Daring: My Passages"
Gail Sheehy
11pm (ET)
Approx. 59 min.
"Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation"
Bill Nye

Monday, December 1st

2am (ET)
Approx. 56 min.
"The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels"
Alex Epstein
4am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 12 min.
"Forgotten Fifteenth: The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler's War Machine"
Barrett Tillman
5:15am (ET)
Approx. 43 min.
"13 Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War"
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
6am (ET)
Approx. 50 min.
"What Women Want: An Agenda for the Women's Movement"
Deborah Rhode
7am (ET)
Approx. 58 min.
2014 Southern Festival of Books: World War II in the Pacific
Jack McCall, Jr.; James Scott

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.    Mark Levin, Bonnie Morris, Peniel Joseph, Bing West, Luis Rodriguez, Amity Shlaes, Reza Aslan, Ron Paul, Mary Frances Berry, Joan Biskupic, and Michael Korda are this year's past guests so far.

Dec 7  Arthur Brooks  www.aei.org
Jan 4, 2015  Tavis Smiley www.tavistalks.com  @tavissmiley

You can watch all past In Depths online by using the "Search" function in the upper left hand corner of this website.

EVENT COVERAGE

Here are some events that Book TV will be covering in the coming weeks:

11/10/14: San Francsico, Jewich Community Center: Robert Baer, The Perfect Kill

11/11/14:  Philadelphia, U. of Pennsylvania Bookstore:  Stephen Kotkin, Stalin    

11/11/14:  Washington, D.C., National Press Club: John McCain, 13 Soldiers  

11/12/14:  Hudson Library & Historical Society, Hudson, OH:  James Robbins, The Real Custer   

11/12/14:  Philadelphia, Pen and Pencil Club:  Flemming Rose, The Tyranny of Silence  

11/12/14:  Los Angeles, Los Angeles Public Library:  Jill Lepore, The Secret History of Wonder Woman

11/12/14:  Chicago, University of Chicago:  Robert Howse, Leo Strauss  

11/12/14:  St. Louis, MO: St. Louis University: Russ Roberts, How Adam Smith Can Change

11/13/14:  Brooklyn, NY:  BookCourt: Mark Leibovich, Citizens of the Green Room   

11/13/14:  Newport, RI:  Island Books: Charles Edel, Nation Builder  

11/13/14   Brooklyn, NY:  New York Transit Museum:  Gay Talese, The Bridge  

11/14/14  New Haven, CT:  Yale University:  Conference on James Burnham's Suicide of the West

11/14/14  Northhampton, MA:  American Friends Service Committee:  Reese Erlich, Inside Syria

11/16/14  NYC:  Museum of Jewish Heritage:  Ron Rosenbaum, Explaining Hitler

11/18/14  Boston:  Harvard Club of Boston:  Marin Katusa, The Colder War

11/19/14  NYC:  University Club:  Art Laffer, An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States  

11/19/14  *LIVE* NYC: Cipriani:  65th Annual National Book Awards  NYC

11/22-23/14  *LIVE*  Miami Book Fair International

11/24/14  Cambridge, MA:  Porter Square Books:  Mary Elise Sarotte, The Collapse

 

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.