Pulitzer Prizes for General Nonfiction

Theodore White, winner
of the first Pulitzer
for Non-Fiction, in 1962
The Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction has been presented since 1962 for a distinguished book of non-fiction by an American author, published during the preceding calendar year, that is not eligible for consideration in another category. (Adapted from Wikipedia)

Finalists have been announced in the Nonfiction category since 1980. These are indicated with an "F"; winners in the same years are designated with a "W."

Since its inception, not only has the prize for Nonfiction been given every year without fail, but three times--in 1969, 1973, and 1986--two prizes were awarded.

You can read more about some of the more recent winners and finalists at the Pulitzer site.

1962: The Making of the President, 1960 (Theodore White)
1963: The Guns of August (Barbara W. Tuchman)
1964: Anti-intellectualism in American Life (Richard Hofstadter)
1965: O Strange New World (Howard Mumford Jones)
1966: Wandering Through Winter (Edwin Way Teale)
1967: The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture (David Brion Davis)
1968: Rousseau and Revolution, vol. 10 of The Story of Civilization, (Will and Ariel Durant.)
1969: So Human an Animal (Rene Jules Dubos) (two winners)
1969: The Armies of the Night (Norman Mailer) (two winners)

1970: Gandhi's Truth (Erik H. Erikson)
1971: The Rising Sun (John Toland)
1972: Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 (Barbara W. Tuchman)
1973: Children of Crisis, vols. 2 and 3, (Robert Coles) (two winners)
1973: Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam (Frances FitzGerald) (two winners)
1974: The Denial of Death (Ernest Becker)
1975: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Annie Dillard)
1976: Why Survive? Being Old In America (Robert Neil Butler)
1977: Beautiful Swimmers (William W. Warner)
1978: The Dragons of Eden (Carl Sagan)
1979: On Human Nature (Edward O. Wilson)

1980: (F): The Madwoman in the Attic (Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar)
1980: (W) Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid (Douglas Hofstadter)
1980: (F) The Medusa and the Snail (Lewis Thomas)
1981: (W) Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture (Carl E. Schorske)
1981: (F) China Men (Maxine Hong Kingston)
1981: (F) Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War (William Manchester)
1981: (F) Southerners: A Journalist's Odyssey (Marshall Frady)
1982: (W) The Soul of a New Machine (Tracy Kidder)
1982: (F) Basin and Range (John McPhee)
1982: (F) Mrs. Harris: The Death of the Scarsdale Diet Doctor (Diana Trilling)
1983: (W) Is There No Place on Earth for Me? (Susan Sheehan)
1983: (F) Terrorists and Novelists (Diane Johnson)
1983: (F) The Fate of the Earth (Jonathan Schell)
1984: (W) The Social Transformation of American Medicine (Paul Starr)
1984: (F) Conversations With the Enemy (Winston Groom and Duncan Spencer)
1984: (F) Endless Enemies (Jonathan Kwitny)
1985: (W) The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two (Studs Terkel)
1985: (F) Dawn to the West (Donald Keene)
1985: (F) Endless Enemies (Jonathan Kwitny)
1986: (W) Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White (Joseph Lelyveld) (two winners)
1986: (W) Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families (J. Anthony Lukas) (two winners)
1986: (F) Habits and the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life (Robert Neelly Bellah)
1987: (W) Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land (David K. Shipler)
1987: (F) Rain or Shine: A Family Memoir (Cyra McFadden)
1987: (F) Rising from the Plains (John McPhee)
1988: (W) The Making of the Atomic Bomb (Richard Rhodes)
1988: (F) Chaos: Making a New Science (James Gleick)
1988: (F) Setting Limits: Medical Goals in an Aging Society (Daniel Callahan)
1989: (W) A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (Neil Sheehan)
1989: (F) The Last Farmer (Howard Kohn)
1989: (F) Coming of Age in the Milky Way (Timothy Ferris)

1990: (W) And Their Children After Them (Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson)
1990: (F) A Peace to End All Peace: Creating the Modern Middle East 1914-1922 (David Fromkin)
1990: (F) Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History (Stephen Jay Gould)
1991: (W) The Ants (Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson)
1991: (F) Looking for a Ship (John McPhee)
1991: (F) River of Traps: A Village Life (William duBuys and Alex Harris)
1992: (W) The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power (Daniel Yergin)
1992: (F) Broken Vessels (Andre Dubus)
1992: (F) Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics (Thomas Byrne Edsall and Mary D. Edsall)
1993: (W) Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America (Garry Wills)
1993: (F) A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War (Susan Griffin)
1993: (F) Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father (Richard Rodriguez)
1993: (F) Where the Buffalo Roam (Anne Matthews)
1994: (W) Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire (David Remnick)
1994: (F) The Cultivation of Hatred: The Bourgeois Experience, Victoria to Freud (Peter Gay)
1994: (F) The End of the Twentieth Century: And the End of the Modern Age (John Lukacs)
1995: (W) The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time (Jonathan Weiner)
1995: (F) How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter (Sherwin B. Nuland)
1995: (F) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story (John Berendt)
1996: (W) The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism (Tina Rosenberg)
1996: (F) Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and The Meanings of Life (Daniel C. Dennett)
1996: (F) Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder (Lawrence Weschler)
1997: (W) Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris (Richard Kluger)
1997: (F) Fame and Folly (Cynthia Ozick)
1997: (F) The Inheritance: How Three Families and America Moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond (Samuel G. Freedman)
1998: (W) Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (Jared Diamond)
1998: (F) How the Mind Works (Steven Pinker)
1998: (F) Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster (Jon Krakauer)
1999: (W) Annals of the Former World (John McPhee)
1999: (F) Crime and Punishment in America (Elliott Currie)
1999: (F) The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do (Judith Rich Harris)

2000: (W) Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II (John W. Dower)
2000: (F) Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds (Scott Weidensaul)
2000: (F) The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory (Brian Greene)
2001: (W) Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan (Herbert P. Bix)
2001: (F) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers)
2001: (F) Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing (Ted Conover)
2002: (W) Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution (Diane McWhorter)
2002: (F) The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (Andrew Solomon)
2002: (F) War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals (David Halberstam)
2003: (W) "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide (Samantha Power)
2003: (F) The Anthropology of Turquoise: Meditations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit (Ellen Meloy)
2003: (F) The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (Steven Pinker)
2004: (W) Gulag: A History (Anne Applebaum)
2004: (F) Rembrandt's Jews (Steven Nadler)
2004: (F) The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America's Military (Dana Priest)
2005: (W) Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (Steve Coll)
2005: (F) Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found (Suketu Mehta)
2005: (F) The Devil's Highway: A True Story (Luis Alberto Urrea)
2006: (W) Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya (Caroline Elkins)
2006: (F) Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (Tony Judt)
2006: (F) The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq (George Packer)
2007: (W) The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Lawrence Wright)
2007: (F) Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness (Pete Earley)
2007: (F) Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq (Thomas E. Ricks)
2008: (W) The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 (Saul Friedlander)
2008: (F) The Cigarette Century (Allan M. Brandt)
2008: (F) The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (Alex Ross)
2009: (W) Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II (Douglas A. Blackmon)
2009: (F) Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age (Arthur L. Herman)
2009: (F) The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe (William I. Hitchcock)

2010: (W) The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy (David E. Hoffman)
2010: (F) How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities (John Cassidy)
2010: (F) The Evolution of God (Robert Wright)
2011: (W) Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Siddhartha Mukherjee)
2011: (F) Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History (S.C. Gwynne)
2011: (F) The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (Nicholas G. Carr)
2012: (W) The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (Stephen Greenblatt)
2012: (F) One Hundred Names For Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing (Diane Ackerman)
2012: (F) Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men (Mara Hvistendahl)
2013: (W) Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America (Gilbert King)
2013: (F) Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Katherine Boo)
2013: (F) The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature (David George Haskell)

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