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

"William Wells Brown: An African American Life"
Ezra Greenspan

Next air time: Saturday, December 20th at 1:30pm (ET)

"Leo Strauss: Man of Peace"
Robert Howse

Next air time: Sunday, December 21st at 12:30am (ET)

"The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero"
James Robbins

Next air time: Sunday, December 21st at 8:30am (ET)

"The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero"
"The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered"
Laura Auricchio

Next air time: Monday, December 29th at 7am (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.

"On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller"
Richard Norton Smith

Last aired: December 15, 2014

"On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller"
"The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero"
James Robbins

Last aired: December 14, 2014

"The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero"
"The Secret History of Wonder Woman"
Jill Lepore

Last aired: December 14, 2014

"The Secret History of Wonder Woman"
"Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me"
Lucinda Franks

Last aired: December 7, 2014

"Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me"
"The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered"
Laura Auricchio

Last aired: November 30, 2014

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

Last aired: November 30, 2014

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

Last aired: November 10, 2014

"Cosby: His Life and Times"
"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"

Book TV Schedule

Highlights

BookTV Visits Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana
BookTV in Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana

Next air time: Saturday, December 20th, at 12pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 30 min.
"Red State: An Insider's Story of How the GOP Came to Dominate Texas Politics"
Wayne Thorburn

Next air time: Saturday, December 20th, at 8pm (ET)
Approx. 58 min.
"Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America"
Bob Herbert

Next air time: Saturday, December 20th, at 7pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 3 min.
"Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America's Independence"
Jack Kelly

Next air time: Saturday, December 20th, at 9pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 1 min.
Conference on James Burnham's "Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism"
Multiple Panelists

Next air time: Sunday, December 21st, at 3pm (ET)
Approx. 3 hr. 20 min.
"Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations"
Brandon Garrett

Next air time: Sunday, December 21st, at 7:30pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 25 min.
"Citizens of the Green Room: Profiles in Courage and Self-Delusion"
Mark Leibovich

Next air time: Sunday, December 21st, at 10pm (ET)
Approx. 53 min.
"Houses of Civil War America"
Hugh Howard

Next air time: Sunday, December 21st, at 11pm (ET)
Approx. 59 min.

Also Airing...

Saturday, December 20th

8am (ET)
Approx. 52 min.
"@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex"
Shane Harris
10am (ET)
Approx. 50 min.
"What Women Want: An Agenda for the Women's Movement"
Deborah Rhode
12pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 30 min.
BookTV Visits Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana
BookTV in Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana
1:30pm (ET)
Approx. 50 min.
"William Wells Brown: An African American Life"
Ezra Greenspan
2:20pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 9 min.
"Whistleblowers, Leaks and the Media: The First Amendment and National Security"
Tim McNulty; Paul Rosenzweig; Ellen Shearer
7pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 3 min.
"Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America"
Bob Herbert

Sunday, December 21st

12am (ET)
Approx. 28 min.
"Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future"
Peter Thiel
12:30am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 27 min.
"Leo Strauss: Man of Peace"
Robert Howse
2am (ET)
Approx. 41 min.
2014 Miami Book Fair: Cornel West, "Black Prophetic Fire"
Cornel West
3:45am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 3 min.
"Impolite Conversations: On Race, Politics, Sex, Money, and Religion"
Cora Daniels
6am (ET)
Approx. 58 min.
"Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?"
Guy Consolmagno
7am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 23 min.
"Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal"
Tom Shroder
8:30am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 15 min.
"The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero"
James Robbins
9:45am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr.
2014 Miami Book Fair: Panel on Books & E-Commerce
Andrew Albanese; Franklin Foer; Christopher Kenneally; Astra Taylor; Oren Teicher
10:45am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 30 min.
BookTV Visits Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana
BookTV in Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana
7:30pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 25 min.
"Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations"
Brandon Garrett
11pm (ET)
Approx. 59 min.
"Houses of Civil War America"
Hugh Howard

Monday, December 22nd

4am (ET)
Approx. 43 min.
"Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools"
Joel Klein
4:45am (ET)
Approx. 50 min.
"#Newsfail"
Allison Kilkenny; Jamie Kilstein
5:45am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 14 min.
"The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins"
Robert Baer

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, Michael Korda and AEI President Arthur Brooks were our 2014 guests.

Jan 4, 2015  Tavis Smiley www.tavistalks.com  @tavissmiley
Feb 1, 2015  Walter Isaacson  www.aspeninstitute.org @walterisaacson

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:

12/9/14:   NYC, New America Foundation: Janine Wedel, Unaccountable; Zephyr Teachout, Corruption in America; Lawrence Lessig,    Republic, Lost

12/10/14  NYC, Macaulay Honors College, Jenny Nordberg, The Underground Girls of Kabul & Suki Kim, Without You, There Is No Us

12/11/14   Philadelphia, Gershman YMCA, Matthew Chistopher, Abandoned America

12/15/14   Philadelphia, National Constitution Center, Bill of Rights Day Book Festival

 

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Book TV covers many book festivals each year, many of them LIVE.  In 2014, our festival coverage includes 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.