National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction

awarded since 1975.

 

2014 selection

The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2014

by David Brion Davis

Winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction 

Shortlisted for the 2014 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

From the revered historian, the long-awaited conclusion of the magisterial...


2013 selection

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2013, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2013

by Sheri Fink

One of the New York Times’s Best Ten Books of the Year

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

Winner of the 2014 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, the...


2012 selection

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Wellcome Book Prize 2014, Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction 2013, National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2012

by Andrew Solomon

From the National Book Award–winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon tells the stories...


2011 selection

Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2011

by Maya Jasanoff

On November 25, 1783, the last British troops pulled out of New York City, bringing the American Revolution to an end. Patriots celebrated their departure and the confirmation of U.S. independence. But for tens...


2010 selection

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2010

by Isabel Wilkerson

One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of...


2009 selection

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2009

by Richard Holmes

The Age of Wonder is a colorful and utterly absorbing history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. 

When young...


2008 selection

The Forever War

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2008

by Dexter Filkins

National Bestseller

One of the Best Books of the Year:

New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, and Time

 

An instant classic of war reporting, The Forever War is the definitive...


2007 selection

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2007

by Harriet A. Washington

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner (Nonfiction)

PEN/Oakland Award Winner

BCALA Nonfiction Award Winner

Gustavus Meyers Award Winner

From the era of slavery to the present day, the first full history of black...


2006 selection

Rough Crossings

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2006

by Simon Schama

If you were black in America at the start of the Revolutionary War, which side would you want to win?

When the last British governor of Virginia declared that any rebel-owned slave who escaped and served the...


2004 selection

The Reformation

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2004

by Diarmaid MacCulloch

The Reformation and Counter-Reformation represented the greatest upheaval in Western society since the collapse of the Roman Empire a millennium before. The consequences of those shattering events are still...


2003 selection

Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2003

by Paul Hendrickson

They stand as unselfconscious as if the photograph were being taken at a church picnic and not during one of the pitched battles of the civil rights struggle. None of them knows that the image will appear in ...


2001 selection

Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2001

by Nicholson Baker

The ostensible purpose of a library is to preserve the printed word. But for fifty years our country’s libraries–including the Library of Congress–have been doing just the opposite, destroying hundreds...


2000 selection

Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2000

by Ted Conover

Acclaimed journalist Ted Conover sets a new standard for bold, in-depth reporting in this first-hand account of life inside the penal system.

When Conover’s request to shadow a recruit at the New York State...


1999 selection

Time, Love , Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1999

by Jonathan Weiner

"A fascinating history--. Literate and authoritative--.Marvelously exciting." --The New York Times Book Review

Jonathan Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Beak of the Finch, brings his brilliant reporting...


1998 selection

We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families

Guardian First Book Award 1999, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 1998, National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1998

by Philip Gourevitch

An unforgettable firsthand account of a people's response to genocide and what it tells us about humanity.

This remarkable debut book chronicles what has happened in Rwanda and neighboring states since 1994,...


1997 selection

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 1997, National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1997

by Anne Fadiman

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

When three-month-old Lia Lee Arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which...


1996 selection

Bad Land: An American Romance

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1996

by Jonathan Raban

Seduced by the government's offer of 320 acres per homesteader, Americans and Europeans rushed to Montana and the Dakotas to fulfill their own American dream in the first decade of this century. Raban's stunning...


1995 selection

A Civil Action

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1995

by Jonathan Harr

"The legal thriller of the decade." --Cleveland Plain Dealer

Now a Major Motion Picture!

In this true story of an epic courtroom showdown, two of the nation's largest corporations stand accused of causing the...


1994 selection

The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1994

by Lynn H. Nicholas

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

The real story behind the major motion picture The Monuments Men. The cast of characters includes Hitler and Goering, Gertrude Stein and Marc Chagall--not to mention...


1991 selection

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1991

by Susan Faludi

Skillfully Probing the Attack on Women’s Rights

“Opting-out,” “security moms,” “desperate housewives,” “the new baby fever”—the trend stories of 2006 leave no doubt that American women are...


1986 selection

War without Mercy: PACIFIC WAR

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1986

by John Dower

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

 

AN AMERICAN BOOK AWARD FINALIST

 

Now in paperback, War Without Mercy has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most original and important books...


1985 selection

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

1983 selection

The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1983

by Seymour Hersh

Price of Power examines Henry Kissinger’s influence on the development of the foreign policy of the United States during the presidency of Richard Nixon.


1982 selection

The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson I

The Years of Lyndon Johnson #1

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1982

by Robert A. Caro

This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy,...


1981 selection

The Mismeasure of Man (Revised & Expanded)

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1981

by Stephen Jay Gould

The definitive refutation to the argument of The Bell Curve. When published in 1981, The Mismeasure of Man was immediately hailed as a masterwork, the ringing answer to those who would classify people, rank...


1976 selection

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1976

by Maxine Hong Kingston

A Chinese American woman tells of the Chinese myths, family stories and events of her California childhood that have shaped her identity.