Book Awards » National Book Award - General Nonfiction

National Book AwardCategories: Poetry, Young Reader's Literature, General Nonfiction, Literary Fiction
The National Book Awards were first awarded in 1950 by a consortium of American book publishers. The mission of the nonprofit National Book Foundation, which now oversees the awards, is to “celebrate the best of American literature, expand its audience, and to enhance cultural value of good writing in America”. The awards are presented each Fall in 4 genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. Winners receive a $10,000 cash prize and a crystal sculpture.

2017

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
Author: Masha Gessen
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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2015

Between the World and Me
Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 18


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2014

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
Author: Evan Osnos
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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2013

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
Author: George Packer
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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2012

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Author: Katherine Boo
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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2011

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
Author: Stephen Greenblatt
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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2010

Just Kids
Just Kids
Author: Patti Smith
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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2009

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Author: T.J. Stiles
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2008

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
Author: Annette Gordon-Reed
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 7


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2007

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Author: Tim Weiner
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 11


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2006

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Author: Timothy Egan
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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2005

The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
Author: Joan Didion
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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2004

Arc of Justice : A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
Arc of Justice : A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
Author: Kevin Boyle
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 9


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2003

Waiting for Snow in Havana : Confessions of a Cuban Boy
Waiting for Snow in Havana : Confessions of a Cuban Boy
Author: Carlos Eire
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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2002

Master of the Senate : The Years of LBJ, Vol. III
Master of the Senate : The Years of LBJ, Vol. III
Author: Robert A. Caro
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 5


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2001

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
Author: Andrew Solomon
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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2000

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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1999

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II
Author: John W. Dower
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 11


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1998

Slaves in the Family
Slaves in the Family
Author: Edward Ball
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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1997

American Sphinx : The Character of Thomas Jefferson
American Sphinx : The Character of Thomas Jefferson
Author: Joseph J. Ellis
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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1996

An American Requiem : God, My Father, and the War That Came Between Us
An American Requiem : God, My Father, and the War That Came Between Us
Author: James Carroll
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 12


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1995

The Haunted Land : Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism
The Haunted Land : Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism
Author: Tina Rosenberg
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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1994

How We Die : Reflections on Life's Final Chapter
How We Die : Reflections on Life's Final Chapter
Author: Sherwin B. Nuland
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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1993

The United States : Essays 1952-1992
The United States : Essays 1952-1992
Author: Gore Vidal
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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1992

Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story
Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story
Author: Paul Monette
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 2


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1991

Freedom
Freedom
Author: Orlando Patterson
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1990

The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
Author: Ron Chernow
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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1989

From Beirut to Jerusalem
From Beirut to Jerusalem
Author: Thomas L. Friedman
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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1988

A Bright Shining Lie : John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
A Bright Shining Lie : John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
Author: Neil Sheehan
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 11


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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.
 11


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1986

Arctic Dreams
Arctic Dreams
Author: Barry Lopez
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 5


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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 4.1/5 Stars.
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1984

Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Democracy, 1833-1845 (Andrew Jackson)
Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Democracy, 1833-1845 (Andrew Jackson)
Author: Robert V. Remini
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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1983

Henry James: The Conquest of London, 1870-1881 (Life of Henry James, Bk 2)
Henry James: The Conquest of London, 1870-1881 (Life of Henry James, Bk 2)
Author: Leon Edel
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1982

No Award Given

1964

No Award Given

1963

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 258


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1962

The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects
The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects
Author: Lewis Mumford
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1


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1961

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich : A History of Nazi Germany
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich : A History of Nazi Germany
Author: William L. Shirer
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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1960

James Joyce (Oxford Lives S.)
James Joyce (Oxford Lives S.)
Author: Richard Ellmann
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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1959

Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Stael (Time Reading Program Special Edition)
Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Stael (Time Reading Program Special Edition)
Author: J. Christopher Herold
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1958

The Lion and the Throne: The Life and Times of Sir Edward Coke : 1552-1634
The Lion and the Throne: The Life and Times of Sir Edward Coke : 1552-1634
Author: Catherine Drinker Bowen
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1


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1957

Russia Leaves the War: Soviet-American Relations 1917-1920 Vol. 1
Russia Leaves the War: Soviet-American Relations 1917-1920 Vol. 1
Author: George F. Kennan
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1956

American in Italy
American in Italy
Author: Herbert Kubly
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1955

Measure of Man on Freedom, Human Values, Survival and the Modern Temper
Measure of Man on Freedom, Human Values, Survival and the Modern Temper
Author: Joseph Wood Krutch
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1954

A Stillness at Appomattox (Army of the Potomac, Bk 3)
A Stillness at Appomattox (Army of the Potomac, Bk 3)
Author: Bruce Catton
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1953

The Course of Empire
The Course of Empire
Author: Bernard DeVoto
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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1952

The Sea Around Us
The Sea Around Us
Author: Rachel Carson
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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1951

Herman Melville (American Men of Letters Series)
Herman Melville (American Men of Letters Series)
Author: Newton Arvin
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1950

The Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Author: Ralph L. Rusk
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