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National Book Award Winners - Non-Fiction

Description: Description: The National Book Awards are presented annually "to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America." Here we present the Non-Fiction medal winners.


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Samuel Johnson

by Walter Jackson Bate

The first great modern biography of Johnson, it confirms that his statements and judgments on literature, politics, religion, behavior - on all human experience - are as relevant in our age as when they were first uttered.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1978

The Path Between the Seas

by David Mccullough

The National Book Award–winning epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal, a first-rate drama of the bold and brilliant engineering feat that was filled with both tragedy and triumph, told by master historian David McCullough.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1978

The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales

by Bruno Bettelheim

Bruno Bettelheim was one of the great child psychologists of the twentieth century and perhaps none of his books has been more influential than this revelatory study of fairy tales and their universal importance in understanding childhood

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1977

World of Our Fathers

by Irving Howe

The story of over 2 million Jewish immigrants in America in 4 decades beginning with the 1880's and how they tried to keep their Yiddish culture while making their way in the new society.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1977

Passage to Ararat

by Michael J. Arlen

Michael J. Arlen's contemplations on Armenians and their culture.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1976

The Great War and Modern Memory

by Paul Fussell

World War I changed a generation, ushered in the modern era, and revolutionized how we see the world. By drawing from a variety of primary sources including personal correspondence, newspapers, and literary works Fussell brings the period alive.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1976

Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher

by Lewis Thomas

Extending beyond the usual limitations of biological science and into a vast and wondrous world of hidden relationships, this provocative book explores in personal, poetic essays to topics such as computers, germs and language.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1975

All God's Dangers

by Theodore Rosengarten

Classic of oral history tells the life story of Nate Shaw, an illiterate black sharecropper who stood up against white farmers in the 1930's and spent time in prison for it. Includes much folklore and information about rural life.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1975

Anarchy, State, and Utopia

by Robert Nozick

In this brilliant and widely acclaimed book, winner of the 1975 National Book Award, Robert Nozick challenges the most commonly held political and social positions of our age?liberal, socialist, and conservative.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1975

The Briar Patch: The People of the State of New York V. Lumamba Shakur et al.

by Murray Kempton

American justice...and the violent fears that underscore it...is the theme of Murray Kempton's brilliant examination of the landmark trial of a group of young men and women who came to be called the Panther 21.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1974

Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam

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 Communists and anti-Communists,

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1973

Eleanor and Franklin

by Joseph P. Lash

In his extraordinary biography of the major political couple of the twentieth century, Joseph P.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1972

The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven

by Charles Rosen

This book treating the three most beloved composers of the Vienna School is considered basic to any study of classical-era music. Drawing on his rich experience and intimate familiarity with the works of these giants, Charles Rosen presents his keen insights in clear and persuasive language.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1972

Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom (1940-1945)

by James Macgregor Burns

The second entry in James Macgregor Burns’s definitive two-volume biography of Roosevelt begins with the president’s precedent-breaking third term election in 1940, just as Americans were beginning to face the likelihood of war.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1971

Gandhi's Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence

by Erik H. Erikson

In this study of Mahatma Gandhi, psychoanalyst Erik H.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1970

The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, The Novel as History

by Norman Mailer

October 21, 1967. Washington DC. Protesters are marching to end the war in Vietnam, Mailer among them. From his perception of the day comes a work that shatters traditional reportage.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1969

White Over Black

by Winthrop D. Jordan and Christopher Leslie Brown and Peter H. Wood

In 1968, Winthrop D. Jordan set out in encyclopedic detail the evolution of white Englishmen's and Anglo-Americans' perceptions of blacks, perceptions of difference used to justify race-based slavery, and liberty and justice for whites only.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1969

Memoirs (1925-1950)

by George F. Kennan

The American diplomat's reflections of his years of government service provide insight into four decades of U.S. policy

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1968

The Enlightenment: An Interpretation - The Rise of Modern Paganism

by Peter Gay

The eighteenth-century Enlightenment marks the beginning of the modern age, when the scientific method and belief in reason and progress came to hold sway over the Western world.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1967

Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain: A Biography

by Justin Kaplan

Mark Twain, the American comic genius who portrayed, named, and in part exemplified America's "Gilded Age," comes alive -- a presence felt, an artist understood -- in Justin Kaplan's extraordinary biography. With brilliant immediacy, Mr.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1967

A Thousand Days

by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

As special assistant to the president, Arthur Schlesinger witnessed firsthand the politics and personalities that influenced the now legendary Kennedy administration.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1966

The Oysters of Locmariaquer

by Eleanor Clark

On the northwest coast of France, just around the corner from the English Channel, is the little town of Locmariaquer (pronounced "loc-maria-care").

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1965

Henry James: A Life

by Leon Edel

This is the one-volume edition of a famous biography of Henry James. Born in America, Henry James was educated both there and in Europe before settling in London, where he was to spend most of his life, in 1876. His novels represent the culmination of the 19th-century realist tradition of Austen, George Eliot, Flauberty and Balzac, and a decisive step towards the experimental modernism of Woolf and T.S. Eliot.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1963

The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects

by Lewis Mumford

The city's development from ancient times to the modern age. Winner of the National Book Award. "One of the major works of scholarship of the twentieth century" (Christian Science Monitor). Index; illustrations.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1962

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

by William L. Shirer

The definitive record of one of the most frightening chapters in the history of mankind

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1961


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