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2001-present

2018
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, by James Forman Jr. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
(Finalists)
Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-America World, by Suzy Hansen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World—and Us, by Richard O. Prum (Doubleday)
2017
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond (Crown)
(Finalists)
In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, by John Donvan and Caren Zucker (Crown)
The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery, by Micki McElya (Harvard University Press)
2016
Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, by Joby Warrick (Doubleday)
(Finalists)
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau)
If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran, by Carla Power (Henry Holt)
2015
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Holt)
(Finalists)
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, by Evan Osnos (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
No Good Men Among the Living, by Anand Gopal (Metropolitan Books)
2014
Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books)
(Finalists)
The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide, by Gary J. Bass (Alfred A. Knopf)
The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, by Fred Kaplan (Simon & Schuster)
2013
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, by Gilbert King (Harper)
(Finalists)
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo (Random House)
The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature, by David George Haskell (Viking)
2012
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt (W.W. Norton & Company)
(Finalists)
One Hundred Names For Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing, by Diane Ackerman (W.W. Norton & Company)
Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men, by Mara Hvistendahl (Public Affairs)
2011
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)
(Finalists)
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 (Scribner)
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, by Nicholas Carr (W.W. Norton & Company)
2010
The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy, by David E. Hoffman (Doubleday)
(Finalists)
How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities, by John Cassidy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Evolution of God, by Robert Wright (Little, Brown and Company)
2009
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, by Douglas A. Blackmon (Doubleday)
(Finalists)
Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age, by Arthur Herman (Bantam Books)
The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe, by William I. Hitchcock (Free Press)
2008
The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945, by Saul Friedländer (HarperCollins)
(Finalists)
The Cigarette Century, by Allan Brandt (Basic Books)
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, by Alex Ross (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2007
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, by Lawrence Wright (Alfred A. Knopf)
(Finalists)
Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness, by Pete Earley (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, by Thomas E. Ricks (The Penguin Press)
2006
Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya, by Caroline Elkins (Henry Holt)
(Finalists)
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, by Tony Judt (The Penguin Press)
The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq, by George Packer (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
2005
Ghost Wars, by Steve Coll (The Penguin Press)
(Finalists)
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, by Suketu Mehta (Alfred A. Knopf)
The Devil's Highway: A True Story, by Luis Alberto Urrea (Little)
2004
Gulag: A History, by Anne Applebaum (Doubleday)
(Finalists)
Rembrandt's Jews, by Steven Nadler (The University of Chicago Press)
The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America's Military, by Dana Priest (W.W. Norton)
2003
"A Problem From Hell:" America and the Age of Genocide, by Samantha Power (Basic Books)
(Finalists)
The Anthropology of Turquoise: Meditations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit, by Ellen Meloy (Pantheon Books)
The Blank Slate: the Modern Denial of Human Nature, by Steven Pinker (Viking)
2002
Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, by Diane McWhorter (Simon & Schuster)
(Finalists)
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, by Andrew Solomon (Scribner)
War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals, by David Halberstam (Scribner)
2001
Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, by Herbert P. Bix (HarperCollins)
(Finalists)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers (Simon & Schuster)
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing, by Ted Conover (Random House)


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1964-2000

2000
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, by John W. Dower (W.W. Norton & Company/The New Press)
(Finalists)
Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, by Scott Weidensaul (North Point Press/Farrar)
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest forthe Ultimate Theory, by Brian Greene (W.W. Norton)
1999
Annals of the Former World, by John McPhee (Farrar)
(Finalists)
Crime and Punishment in America, by Elliott Currie (Metropolitan Books)
The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do, by Judith Rich Harris (Free Press)
1998
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond (W.W. Norton)
(Finalists)
How the Mind Works, by Steven Pinker (W.W. Norton)
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster, by Jon Krakauer (Villard)
1997
Ashes To Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, The Public Health, And The Unabashed Triumph Of Philip Morris, by Richard Kluger (Alfred A. Knopf)
(Finalists)
Fame and Folly, by Cynthia Ozick (Alfred A. Knopf)
The Inheritance: How Three Families and America Moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond, by Samuel G. Freedman (Simon & Schuster)
1996
The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism, by Tina Rosenberg (Random House)
(Finalists)
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and The Meanings of Life, by Daniel C. Dennett (Simon & Schuster)
Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, by Lawrence Weschler (Pantheon)
1995
The Beak Of The Finch: A Story Of Evolution In Our Time, by Jonathan Weiner (Alfred A. Knopf)
(Finalists)
How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter, by Sherwin B. Nuland (Alfred A. Knopf)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story, by John Berendt (Random House)
1994
Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days Of The Soviet Empire, by David Remnick (Random House)
(Finalists)
The Cultivation of Hatred: The Bourgeois Experience, Victoria to Freud, by Peter Gay (W.W. Norton)
The End of the Twentieth Century: And the End of the Modern Age, by John Lukacs (Ticknor & Fields)
1993
Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America, by Garry Wills (Simon & Schuster)
(Finalists)
A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War, by Susan Griffin (Doubleday)
Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father, by Richard Rodriguez (Viking)
Where the Buffalo Roam, by Anne Matthews (Grove Weidenfeld)
1992
The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money & Power, by Daniel Yergin (Simon & Schuster)
(Finalists)
Broken Vessels, by Andre Dubus (David R. Godine)
Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics, by Thomas Byrne Edsall and Mary D. Edsall (W.W. Norton & Company)
1991
The Ants, by Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson (Belknap/Harvard University Press)
(Finalists)
Looking for a Ship, by John McPhee (Farrar Straus Giroux)
River of Traps: A Village Life, by William duBuys and Alex Harris (University of New Mexico)
1990
And Their Children After Them, by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson (Pantheon)
(Finalists)
A Peace to End All Peace: Creating the Modern Middle East 1914-1922, by David Fromkin (Henry Holt & Company)
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, by Stephen Jay Gould (W.W. Norton & Company)
1989
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam, by Neil Sheehan (Random House)
(Finalists)
Coming of Age in the Milky Way, by Timothy Ferris (William Morrow and Company)
Danger and Survival, by McGeorge Bundy (Random House)
The Last Farmer, by Howard Kohn (Summit Books)
1988
The Making of the Atomic Bomb, by Richard Rhodes (Simon and Schuster)
(Finalists)
Chaos: Making a New Science, by James Gleick (Viking)
Setting Limits: Medical Goals in an Aging Society, by Daniel Callahan (Simon and Schuster)
1987
Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, by David K. Shipler (Times Books)
(Finalists)
Rain or Shine: A Family Memoir, by Cyra McFadden (Alfred A. Knopf)
Rising from the Plains, by John McPhee (Farrar)
1986
Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families, by J. Anthony Lukas (Alfred A. Knopf)
(Finalists)
Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White, by Joseph Lelyveld (Times Books)
Habits and the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life, by Robert N. Bellah
1985
The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two, by Studs Terkel (Pantheon)
(Finalists)
Dawn to the West, by Donald Keene (Holt)
Endless Enemies, by Jonathan Kwitny (Congdon & Weed)
1984
The Social Transformation Of American Medicine, by Paul Starr (Basic Books)
(Finalists)
Conversations With the Enemy, by Winston Groom and Duncan Spencer (Putnam)
Wild Justice, by Susan Jacoby (Harper & Row)
1983
Is There No Place on Earth for Me?, by Susan Sheehan (Houghton Mifflin)
(Finalists)
Terrorists and Novelists, by Diane Johnson (Knopf)
The Fate of the Earth, by Jonathan Schell (Knopf)
1982
The Soul of a New Machine, by Tracy Kidder (Atlantic/Little)
(Finalists)
Basin and Range, by John McPhee (Farrar)
Mrs. Harris: The Death of the Scarsdale Diet Doctor, by Diana Trilling (Harcourt Brace)
1981
Fin-De Siecle Vienna: Politics And Culture, by Carl E. Schorske (Knopf)
(Finalists)
China Men, by Maxine Hong Kingston (Knopf)
Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War, by William Manchester (Little)
Southerners: A Journalist's Odyssey, by Marshall Frady (New American Library)
1980
Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid, by Douglas R. Hofstadter (Basic Books)
(Finalists)
The Madwoman in the Attic, by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar (Yale)
The Medusa and the Snail, by Lewis Thomas (Viking)
1979
On Human Nature, by Edward O. Wilson (Harvard Univ. Press)
1978
The Dragons of Eden, by Carl Sagan (Random House)
1977
Beautiful Swimmers, by William W. Warner (Atlantic Little Brown)
1976
Why Survive? Being Old In America, by Robert N. Butler (Harper)
1975
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard (Harper's Magazine Press)
1974
The Denial of Death, by Ernest Becker (Free Press/Macmillan)
1973
Children of Crisis, Vols. II and III, by Robert Coles (Little)
Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam, by Frances FitzGerald (Little)
1972
Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-1945, by Barbara W. Tuchman (Macmillan)
1971
The Rising Sun, by John Toland (Random)
1970
Gandhi's Truth, by Erik H. Erikson (Norton)
1969
So Human An Animal, by Rene Jules Dubos (Scribner)
The Armies Of The Night, by Norman Mailer (World)
1968
The Story of Civilization: Rousseau and Revolution, by Will and Ariel Durant (Simon & Schuster)
1967
The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture, by David Brion Davis (Cornell Univ. Press)
1966
Wandering Through Winter, by Edwin Way Teale (Dodd)
1965
O Strange New World, by Howard Mumford Jones (Viking)
1964
Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, by Richard Hofstadter (Random)
1963
The Guns of August, by Barbara W. Tuchman (Macmillan)
1962
The Making of the President 1960, by Theodore H. White (Atheneum)


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