Pulitzer Prize General Nonfiction Finalists

Pulitzer Prize General Nonfiction Finalists (1980-present)

2013 Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
2013 The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by David George Haskell
2012 One Hundred Names For Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing by Diane Ackerman
2012 Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men by Mara Hvistendahl
2011 The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
2011 Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C. Gwynne
2010 How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities by John Cassidy
2010 The Evolution of God by Robert Wright
2009 Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age by Arthur Herman
2009 The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe by William I. Hitchcock
2008 The Cigarette Century by Allan Brandt
2008 The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross
2007 Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness by Pete Earley
2007 Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks
2006 Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt
2006 The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq by George Packer
2005 Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta
2005 The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea
2004 Rembrandt’s Jews by Steven Nadler
2004 The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military by Dana Priest
2003 The Blank Slate: the Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker
2003 The Anthropology of Turquoise: Meditations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit by Ellen Meloy
2002 War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals by David Halberstam
2002 The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon
2001 Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover
2001 A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
2000 The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest forthe Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene
2000 Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul
1999 Crime and Punishment in America by Elliott Currie
1999 The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do by Judith Rich Harris
1998 Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
1998 How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker
1997 The Inheritance: How Three Families and America Moved from Roosevelt toReagan and Beyond by Samuel G. Freedman
1997 Fame and Folly by Cynthia Ozick
1996 Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and The Meanings of Life by Daniel C. Dennett
1996 Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder by Lawrence Weschler
1995 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story by John Berendt
1995 How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland
1994 The End of the Twentieth Century: And the End of the Modern Age by John Lukacs
1994 The Cultivation of Hatred: The Bourgeois Experience, Victoria to Freud by Peter Gay
1993 A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War by Susan Griffin
1993 Where the Buffalo Roam by Anne Matthews
1993 Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father by Richard Rodriguez
1992 Broken Vessels by Andre Dubus
1992 Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics by Thomas Byrne Edsall and Mary D. Edsall
1991 River of Traps: A Village Life by William duBuys and Alex Harris
1991 Looking for a Ship by John McPhee
1990 A Peace to End All Peace: Creating the Modern Middle East 1914-1922 by David Fromkin
1990 Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould
1989 Danger and Survival by McGeorge Bundy
1989 Coming of Age in the Milky Way by Timothy Ferris
1989 The Last Farmer by Howard Kohn
1988 Setting Limits: Medical Goals in an Aging Society by Daniel Callahan
1988 Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick
1987 Rain or Shine: A Family Memoir by Cyra McFadden
1987 Rising from the Plains by John McPhee
1986 Habits and the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life by Robert N. Bellah
1985 Dawn to the West by Donald Keene
1985 Endless Enemies by Jonathan Kwitny
1984 Conversations With the Enemy by Winston Groom and Duncan Spencer
1984 Wild Justice by Susan Jacoby
1983 Terrorists and Novelists by Diane Johnson
1983 The Fate of the Earth by Jonathan Schell
1982 Basin and Range by John McPhee
1982 Mrs. Harris: The Death of the Scarsdale Diet Doctor by Diana Trilling
1981 Southerners: A Journalist’s Odyssey by Marshall Frady
1981 China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston
1981 Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War by William Manchester
1980 The Madwoman in the Attic by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar
1980 The Medusa and the Snail by Lewis Thomas


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