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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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The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

by Masha Gessen

Longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in NonfictionPutin’s bestselling biographer reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.

Date Added: 11/21/2017

Year: 2017

Stamped From The Beginning

by Ibram X. Kendi

Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2016

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2015

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

by Evan Osnos

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

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2014

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, First Edition

by George Packer

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America is an unsettling history of the US that attempts to document the massive political and economic changes that have taken place in the last three decades in the United States.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2013

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

by Katherine Boo

From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2012

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

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 of history and a thrilling story of

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2011

Just Kids

by Patti Smith

Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2010

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

by T. J. Stiles

A gripping, groundbreaking biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2009

The Hemingses of Monticello

by Annette Gordon-Reed

Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2008

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

by Tim Weiner

For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation despite its many blunders that lay hidden in its archives. Its mission was to know the world. When it did not succeed, it set out to change the world. Its failures have handed us, in the words of President Eisenhower, a "legacy of ashes."

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2007

The Worst Hard Time

by Timothy Egan

The author, Timothy Egan, tells a touching story of the individuals and families that survived the depression and the great American dust bowl during the 1930's through walking the land, diaries of survivors and talking with those individuals who

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2006

The Year of Magical Thinking

by Joan Didion

Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2005

Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age

by Kevin Boyle

An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggle in 1920s Detroit.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2004

Waiting for Snow in Havana

by Carlos Eire

"Have mercy on me, Lord, I am Cuban." In 1962, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Havana--exiled from his family, his country, and his own childhood by Fidel Castro's revolution.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2003

Master of the Senate (The Years of Lyndon Johnson #3)

by Robert A. Caro

The most riveting political biography of our time, Robert A. Caro's life of Lyndon B. Johnson, continues.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2002

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas Of Depression

by Andrew Solomon

With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Andrew Solomon takes the reader on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2001

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

by Nathaniel Philbrick

The true story of a whaling ship that was sunk in 1820 by a sperm whale. Only 8 of the 20 sailors reached home after months adrift in the ocean.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2000

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

by John W. Dower

Drawing on a vast range of Japanese sources and illustrated with dozens of astonishing documentary photographs, Embracing Defeat is the fullest and most important history of the more than six years of American occupation, which affected every level

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 1999

Slaves in the Family

by Edward Ball

In Slaves in the Family, Edward Ball recounts his efforts to track down and meet the descendants of his family's slaves. Part historical narrative, part oral history, part personal story of investigation and catharsis, Slaves in the Family is, in the words of Pat Conroy, "a work of breathtaking generosity and courage, a magnificent study of the complexity and strangeness and beauty of the word ‘family.'"

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 1998

American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

by Joseph J. Ellis

For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight--and not only during his active political career.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 1997

An American Requiem

by James Carroll

An American Requiem is the story of one man's coming of age. But more than that, it is a coming to terms with the conflicts that disrupted many families, inflicting personal wounds that were also social, political, and religious.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 1996

The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism

by Tina Rosenberg

For governments, dealing with past injustice has been not a way to break free of it, but a first step in its recurrence. This book is about breaking that link, which promises most of those who survived communism's tragic past a tragic future as well.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 1995

How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter

by Sherwin B. Nuland

Attempting to demythologize the process of dying, Nuland explores how we shall die, each of us in a way that will be unique. First published in 1994, a 2010 perspective is written by the author.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 1994

Becoming a Man

by Paul Monette

Paul Monette's National Book Award-winning memoir hailed as a classic coming-out story Paul Monette grew up all-American, Catholic, overachieving... and closeted.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 1992

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