Book Awards » National Book Critics Circle Award - General Nonfiction

Categories: General Nonfiction, Literary Fiction, Memoir / Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Poetry, Autobiography / Biography
The National Book Critics Circle, founded in 1974, is a nonprofit organization consisting of more than 600 active book reviewers from all over the country who are interested in honoring quality writing and communicating with one another about common concerns. Each year in March, they present awards to the best books published in English in six categories: Fiction, General Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. *In 2005 the category Autobiography/Biography was separated into Memoir/Autobiography and Biography.

2014

The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation
The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation
Author: David Brion Davis
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2013

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
Author: Sheri Fink
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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2012

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
Author: Andrew Solomon
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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2011

Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World (Vintage)
Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World (Vintage)
Author: Maya Jasanoff
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2010

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Author: Isabel Wilkerson
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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2009

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Author: Richard Holmes
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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2008

The Forever War
The Forever War
Author: Dexter Filkins
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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2007

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
Author: Harriet A. Washington
  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.
 5


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2006

Rough Crossings: The Slaves, the British, and the American Revolution
Rough Crossings: The Slaves, the British, and the American Revolution
Author: Simon Schama
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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2005

Voices from Chernobyl : The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
Voices from Chernobyl : The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
Author: Svetlana Alexievich
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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2004

The Reformation: A History
The Reformation: A History
Author: Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 2


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2003

Sons of Mississippi : A Story of Race and Its Legacy
Sons of Mississippi : A Story of Race and Its Legacy
Author: Paul Hendrickson
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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2002

'A Problem From Hell': America and the Age of Genocide
'A Problem From Hell': America and the Age of Genocide
Author: Samantha Power
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 7


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2001

Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper
Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper
Author: Nicholson Baker
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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2000

Newjack : Guarding Sing Sing
Newjack : Guarding Sing Sing
Author: Ted Conover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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1999

Time, Love, Memory : A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior
Time, Love, Memory : A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior
Author: Jonathan Weiner
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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1998

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
Author: Philip Gourevitch
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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1997

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
Author: Anne Fadiman
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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1996

Bad Land: An American Romance
Bad Land: An American Romance
Author: Jonathan Raban
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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1995

A Civil Action
A Civil Action
Author: Jonathan Harr
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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1994

The Rape of Europa : The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
The Rape of Europa : The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
Author: Lynn H. Nicholas
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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1993

The Land Where the Blues Began
The Land Where the Blues Began
Author: Alan Lomax
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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1992

Young Men and Fire
Young Men and Fire
Author: Norman Maclean
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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1991

Backlash : The Undeclared War Against American Women
Backlash : The Undeclared War Against American Women
Author: Susan Faludi
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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1990

The Content of Our Character : A New Vision of Race In America
The Content of Our Character : A New Vision of Race In America
Author: Shelby Steele
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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1989

The Broken Cord: A Family's Ongoing Struggle With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
The Broken Cord: A Family's Ongoing Struggle With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Author: Michael Dorris
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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1988

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63
Author: Taylor Branch
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1987

The Making of the Atomic Bomb
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
Author: Richard Rhodes
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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1986

War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War
War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War
Author: John W. Dower
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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1985

Common Ground : A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families
Common Ground : A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families
Author: J. Anthony Lukas
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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1984

Weapons and Hope
Weapons and Hope
Author: Freeman Dyson
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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1983

The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House
The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House
Author: Seymour Hersh
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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1982

The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1)
The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1)
Author: Robert A. Caro
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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1981

The Mismeasure of Man
The Mismeasure of Man
Author: Stephen Jay Gould
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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1980

Walter Lippmann and the American Century
Walter Lippmann and the American Century
Author: Ronald Steel
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1979

Munich: The price of peace
Munich: The price of peace
Author: Telford Taylor
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1978

The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life
Author: Maureen Howard
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1977

Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson
Author: Walter Jackson Bate
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1


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1976

The Woman Warrior : Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
The Woman Warrior : Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
Author: Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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1975

Edith Wharton: A Biography
Edith Wharton: A Biography
Author: R. W. B. Lewis
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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