National Book Award for Non-Fiction

awarded since 1950

 

2019 selection

The Yellow House

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2019

by Sarah M. Broom

In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood...


2018 selection

The New Negro

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2019, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2018

by Jeffrey C. Stewart

A tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the century to mentor a generation of young artists including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call...


2014 selection

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2014

by Evan Osnos

Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction finalist

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction.

An Economist Best Book of 2014.

A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of...


2013 selection

The Unwinding

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2013

by George Packer

The 2013 National Book Award Winner

A New York Times Bestseller

Selected by New York Times' critic Dwight Garner as a Favorite Book of 2013

A New York Times Notable Book of 2013

A Washington Post Best Political...


2010 selection

Just Kids

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2010

by Patti Smith

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation....


2004 selection

Arc of Justice

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2004

by Kevin Boyle

An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggle

In 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent...


1989 selection

From Beirut to Jerusalem

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1989

by Thomas L. Friedman

This revised edition of the number-one bestseller and winner of the 1989 National Book Award includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's new, updated epilogue.

One of the most thought-provoking books ever written...


1984 selection

The Life of Andrew Jackson

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1984

by Robert V. Remini

Robert V. Remini's prize-winning, three-volume biography Life of Andrew Jackson won the National Book Award on its completion in 1984 and is recognized as one of the greatest lives of a U.S. President. In this...