Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction

awarded since 1980.

 

2014 selection

Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2014

by Dan Fagin

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • Winner of The New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award • “A new classic of science reporting.”—The New York Times

The riveting true story of a small town...


2013 selection

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2013

by Gilbert King

Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark...


2012 selection

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2012, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2011

by Stephen Greenblatt

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 

Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Non-Fiction One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work...


2011 selection

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2011, Guardian First Book Award 2011

by Siddhartha Mukherjee

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in...


2010 selection

The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2010

by David Hoffman

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

The first full account of how the Cold War arms race finally came to a close, this riveting narrative history sheds new light on the people who struggled to end this era of massive...


2009 selection

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2009

by Douglas A. Blackmon

In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history—an “Age of Neoslavery” that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War...


2008 selection

The Years of Extermination

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2008

by Saul Friedländer

The enactment of the German extermination policies that resulted in the murder of six million European Jews depended upon many factors, including the cooperation of local authorities and police departments,...


2007 selection

The Looming Tower

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2007, Lionel Gelber Prize 2007

by Lawrence Wright

UPDATED AND WITH A NEW AFTERWORD

National Book Award Finalist

A Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year

A gripping narrative that spans five decades,...


2006 selection

Imperial Reckoning

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2006

by Caroline Elkins

A major work of history that for the first time reveals the violence and terror at the heart of Britain's civilizing mission in Kenya

As part of the Allied forces, thousands of Kenyans fought alongside the British...


2005 selection

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2005, Lionel Gelber Prize 2004

by Steve Coll

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize

The explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan

With the publication of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also...


2004 selection

Gulag: A History

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2004, Duff Cooper Prize 2003

by Anne Applebaum

The Gulag--a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners--was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying the worst...


2002 selection

Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the C

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2002

by Diane McWhorter

Now with a new afterword, the Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatic account of the civil rights era’s climactic battle in Birmingham as the movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., brought down the institutions...


2001 selection

Hirohito And The Making Of Modern Japan

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2001, National Book Critics Circle for Biography/Autobiography 2000

by Herbert P. Bix

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

In this groundbreaking biography of the Japanese emperor Hirohito, Herbert P. Bix offers the first complete, unvarnished look at the enigmatic leader whose sixty-three-year reign...


2000 selection

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2000, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1999

by John W. Dower

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the 1999 National Book Award for Nonfiction, finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, Embracing Defeat is John W. Dower's brilliant examination...


1999 selection

Annals of the Former World

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1999

by John McPhee

The Pulitzer Prize-winning view of the continent, across the fortieth parallel and down through 4.6 billion years

Twenty years ago, when John McPhee began his journeys back and forth across the United States,...


1998 selection

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1998

by Jared Diamond

"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."—Bill Gates In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly...


1997 selection

Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1997

by Richard Kluger

No book before this one has rendered the story of cigarettes -- mankind's most common self-destructive instrument and its most profitable consumer product -- with such sweep and enlivening detail.

Here for the...


1996 selection

The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1996, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1995

by Tina Rosenberg

The Pulitzer Prize-winning look at the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe

From the Trade Paperback edition.


1995 selection

The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1995

by Jonathan Weiner

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists,...


1993 selection

Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1993

by Garry Wills

The power of words has rarely been given a more compelling demonstration than in the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln was asked to memorialize the gruesome battle. Instead, he gave the whole nation "a new birth of...


1992 selection

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1992

by Daniel Yergin

Deemed "the best history of oil ever written" by Business Week and with more than 300,000 copies in print, Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has...


1989 selection

A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1989, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1988

by Neil Sheehan

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

In this magisterial book, a monument of history and biography that was awarded the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize...


1986 selection

Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families

1985 selection

The Good War: An Oral History of World War II

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1985

by Studs Terkel

The Good War for which Terkel won the Pulitzer Prize, is a testament not only to the experience of war but to the extraordinary skill of Terkel as interviewer. As always, Terkel’s subjects are open and unrelenting...


1982 selection

The Soul of A New Machine

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1982, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1982

by Tracy Kidder

Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder memorably recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one companys efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has not changed is the feverish...


1981 selection

Fin-De-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1981

by Carl E. Schorske

A landmark book from one of the truly original scholars of our time: a magnificent revelation of turn-of-the-century Vienna where out of a crisis of political and social disintegration so much of modern art...


1975 selection

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1975

by Annie Dillard

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley. Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees are astonishing incidents of "mystery, death, beauty, violence."...


1974 selection

The Denial of Death

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1974

by Ernest Becker

Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant...


1973 selection

Fire in the Lake

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1973

by Frances FitzGerald

This landmark work, based on Frances FitzGerald's own research and travels, takes us inside Vietnam-into the traditional, ancestor-worshiping villages and the corrupt crowded cities, into the conflicts between...


Children of Crisis

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1973

by Robert Coles

In the 1950s Robert Coles began studying, living among, and, above all, listening to American children. The results of his efforts--revealed in five volumes published between 1967 and 1977--constitute one of...


1968 selection

Rousseau and Revolution: The Story of Civilization, Volume X

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1968

by Will Durant & Ariel Durant

The Story of Civilization, Volume X: winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a history of civilization in France, England, and Germany from 1756, and in the rest of Europe from 1715 to 1789.


1964 selection

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1964

by Richard Hofstadter

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life was awarded the 1964 Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction. It is a book which throws light on many features of the American character. Its concern is not merely to portray the...


1963 selection

The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1963

by Barbara W. Tuchman

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s...