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National Book Awards for Non-Fiction

The National Book Awards are given annually by the
National Book Foundation, an organization of publishers.

Year Title Author
2009 The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt T. J. Stiles
2008 The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family Annette Gordon-Reed
2007 Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA Tim Weiner
2006 The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl Timothy Egan
2005 The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
2004 Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age Kevin Boyle
2002 Master of the Senate Robert Caro
2001 The Noonday Demon Andrew Solomon
2000 In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Martahnial Philbrick
1999 Embracing defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II John W. Dower
1998 Slaves in the Family Edward Ball
1997 American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson Joseph J. Ellis
1996 An American Requiem: God, My Father and the War That Came Between Us James Carroll
1995 The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism Tina Rosenberg
1994 How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter Sherwin B. Nuland
1993 United States: Essays, 1952-1992 Gore Vidal
1992 Becoming a Man: Half a Life Paul Monette
1991 Freedom Orlando Patterson
1990 The House of Morgan Ron Chernow
1989 From Beirut to Jerusalem Thomas L. Friedman
1988 A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam Neil Sheehan
1987 The Making of the Atomic Bomb Richard Rhodes
1986 Arctic Dreams Barry Lopez
1985 Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families J. Anthony Lucas
1984 Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Democracy, 1833-45, Vol. 5 Robert V. Remini
1983 China: Alive in the Bitter Sea Fox Butterfield
1982 The Soul of a New Machine Tracy Kidder
1981 China Men Maxine Hong Kingston
1980 The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
1979 Robert Kennedy and His Times Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr
1978 Samuel Johnson Walter Jackson Bate
1977 The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales Bruno Bettleheim
1976 The Great War and Modern Memory Paul Fussell
1975 The Life of Emily Dickinson Richard B. Sewall
1974 The Lives of a Cell Lewis Thomas
1973 Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam Frances Fitzgerald
1972 Eleanor and Franklin Joseph P. Lash
1971 Roosevelt, The Soldier of Freedom James MacGregor Burns
1970 An Unfinished Woman, a Memoir Lillian Hellman
1969 The Armies of the Night Norman Mailer
1968 Death at an Early Age Jonathan Kozol
1967 Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain Justin Kaplan
1966 A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr
1965 The Life of Lenin Louis Fisher
1964 John Keats: The Making of a Poet Aileen Ward
1963 Henry James, Vol. 2 & 3 Leon Edel
1962 The City in History Lewis Mumford
1961 The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich William L. Shirer
1960 James Joyce Richard Ellman
1959 Mistress to an Age J. Christopher Herold
1958 The Lion and the Throne Catherine Drinker Bowen
1957 Russia Leaves the War George F. Kennan
1956 An American in Italy Herbert Kubly
1955 The Measure of a Man Joseph Wood Krutch
1953 Course of Empire Richard DeVoto
1952 The Sea Around Us Rachel Carson
1951 Herman Melville Newton Arvin
1950 Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph L. Rusk

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