General Nonfiction

The Swerve - Pulitzer

Award Year: 
2012
Authors(s): 
Stephen Greenblatt
Description: 
Greenblatt transports listeners to the dawn of the Renaissance and chronicles the life of an intrepid book lover who rescued the Roman philosophical text On the Nature of Things from certain oblivion.

The Emperor of All Maladies

Award Year: 
2011
Authors(s): 
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Description: 
An elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal, into the long history of an insidious disease that, despite treatment breakthroughs, still bedevils medical science.

The Dead Hand

Award Year: 
2010
Authors(s): 
David E. Hoffman
Description: 
A well documented narrative that examines the terrifying doomsday competition between two superpowers and how weapons of mass destruction still imperil humankind.

The Making of the Atomic Bomb - Pulitzer

Award Year: 
1988
Authors(s): 
Richard Rhodes
Description: 
A gripping, authoritative account of the men, women, science, drama and intrigue behind the single most important event of the century: the discovery of nuclear energy and construction of the atomic bomb.

A Bright Shining Lie - Pulitzer

Award Year: 
1989
Authors(s): 
Neil Sheehan
Description: 
Sheehan's tragic biography of John Paul Vann is also a sweeping history of America's seduction, entrapment and disillusionment in Vietnam.

And Their Children After Them

Award Year: 
1990
Authors(s): 
Dale Maharidge
Author 2: 
Michael Williamson

The Ants

Award Year: 
1991
Authors(s): 
Bert Holldobler
Author 2: 
Edward O. Wilson
Description: 
This landmark work, the distillation of a lifetime of research by the world's leading myrmecologists, is a thoroughgoing survey of one of the largest and most diverse groups of animals on the planet. Holldobler and Wilson review in exhaustive detail virtually all topics in the anatomy, physiology, social organization, ecology, and natural history of the ants.

The Prize

Award Year: 
1992
Authors(s): 
Daniel Yergin
Description: 
Tells the history of oil-and the struggle for wealth and power that has always surrounded oil.

Lincoln at Gettysburg

Award Year: 
1993
Authors(s): 
Garry Wills
Description: 
By examining both the Gettysburg Address and Abraham Lincoln in their historical monument and cultural frame, Wills reveals much about a President so mythologized but often misunderstood.

Lenin's Tomb

Award Year: 
1994
Authors(s): 
David Remnick
Description: 
In the tradition of John Reed's classic Ten Days That Shook the World, this bestselling account of the collapse of the Soviet Union combines the global vision of the best historical scholarship with the immediacy of eyewitness journalism.
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