Pulitzer Prize for History

awarded since 1980.

 

2014 selection

The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

Pulitzer Prize for History 2014

by Alan Taylor

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for History

"Impressively researched and beautifully crafted…a brilliant account of slavery in Virginia during and after the Revolution." —Mark M. Smith, Wall Street Journal...


2013 selection

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam

Pulitzer Prize for History 2013

by Fredrik Logevall

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

 

Written with the style of a great novelist and the intrigue of a Cold War thriller, Embers of War is a landmark work that will forever change your understanding of how and why...


2012 selection

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Pulitzer Prize for History 2012

by Manning Marable

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History

Hailed as "a masterpiece" (San Francisco Chronicle), the late Manning Marable's acclaimed biography of Malcolm X finally does justice to one of the most influential...


2011 selection

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

Pulitzer Prize for History 2011

by Eric Foner

“A masterwork [by] the preeminent historian of the Civil War era.”—Boston Globe Selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, this landmark work gives us a definitive account...


2010 selection

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

Pulitzer Prize for History 2010

by Liaquat Ahamed

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize

"A magisterial work...You can't help thinking about the economic crisis we're living through now." --The New York Times Book Review

It is commonly believed that the Great Depression...


2007 selection

The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation

Pulitzer Prize for History 2007

by Gene Roberts & Hank Klibanoff

An unprecedented examination of how news stories, editorials and photographs in the American press—and the journalists responsible for them—profoundly changed the nation’s thinking about civil rights in...


1997 selection

Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution

Pulitzer Prize for History 1997

by Jack N. Rakove

From abortion to same-sex marriage, today's most urgent political debates will hinge on this two-part question: What did the United States Constitution originally mean and who now understands its meaning best?...


1995 selection

No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

Pulitzer Prize for History 1995

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

No Ordinary Time is a monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States. With an extraordinary...


1993 selection

The Radicalism of the American Revolution

Pulitzer Prize for History 1993

by Gordon S. Wood

In a grand and immemsely readable synthesis of historical, political, cultural, and economic analysis, a prize-winning historian depicts much more than a break with England. He gives readers a revolution that...


1991 selection

A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812

Pulitzer Prize for History 1991

by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Drawing on the diaries of a midwife and healer in eighteenth-century Maine, this intimate history illuminates the medical practices, household economies, religious rivalries, and sexual mores of the New England...


1990 selection

In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines

Pulitzer Prize for History 1990

by Stanley Karnow

Traces the history of the Philippines, discusses the influence of Spain and the United States, and looks at the problems facing the Philippines today.


1989 selection

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63

Pulitzer Prize for History 1989, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 1989, National Book Critics Circle for General Non-fiction 1988

by Taylor Branch

Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American civil rights movement, Parting the Waters is destined to endure for generations.

Moving from the fiery political baptism of Martin Luther King, Jr.,...


1987 selection

Voyagers to the West

Pulitzer Prize for History 1987

by Bernard Bailyn

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Saloutos Prize of the Immigration History Society

Bailyn's Pulitzer Prize-winning book uses an emigration roster that lists every person officially known to have left Britain...


1980 selection

Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery

Pulitzer Prize for History 1980, Pulitzer Prize for History 1980

by Leon F. Litwack

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award

Based on hitherto unexamined sources: interviews with ex-slaves, diaries and accounts by former slaveholders, this "rich and admirably written book" (Eugene...


Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery

Pulitzer Prize for History 1980, Pulitzer Prize for History 1980

by Leon F. Litwack

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award

Based on hitherto unexamined sources: interviews with ex-slaves, diaries and accounts by former slaveholders, this "rich and admirably written book" (Eugene...


1974 selection

The Americans: The Democratic Experience

Pulitzer Prize for History 1974

by Daniel J. Boorstin

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. A study of the last 100 years of American history.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


1964 selection

Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town

Pulitzer Prize for History 1964

by Sumner Chilton Powell

An award-winning study of Puritans and the formation of their towns.


1956 selection

The Age of Reform

Pulitzer Prize for History 1956

by Richard Hofstadter

This book is a landmark in American political thought. It examines the passion for progress and reform that colored the entire period from 1890 to 1940 -- with startling and stimulating results. it searches...


1954 selection

A Stillness at Appomattox: The Army of the Potomac Trilogy

Pulitzer Prize for History 1954, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1954

by Bruce Catton

When first published in 1953, Bruce Catton, our foremost Civil War historian was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence in nonfiction.  This final volume of The Army of...


1942 selection

Reveille in Washington: 1860-1865

Pulitzer Prize for History 1942

by Margaret Leech & James McPherson

1860: The American capital is sprawling, fractured, squalid, colored by patriotism and treason, and deeply divided along the political lines that will soon embroil the nation in bloody conflict. Chaotic and...


1940 selection

Abraham Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings

Pulitzer Prize for History 1940

by Roy Basler & Carl Sandburg

The most comprehensive and readable one-volume collection of Lincoln's writings ever published. -David Herbert Donald.