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Winners from the past 10 years. The National Book Awards are awarded annually to outstanding books by U.S. authors. Go to National Book Awards for more information, including previous winners and finalists.

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  Cover Art: The Unwinding : an Inner History of the New America 2013
Packer, George
The Unwinding : an Inner History of the New America
Through an examination of the lives of several Americans and leading public figures over the past three decades, Packer portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Behind the Beautiful Forevers : Life Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity 2012
Boo, Katherine
Behind the Beautiful Forevers : Life Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Swerve : How the World Became Modern 2011
Greenblatt, Stephen
The Swerve : How the World Became Modern
In this book the author transports readers 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.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Just Kids : from Brooklyn to the Chelsea Hotel: a Life of Art and Friendship. 2010
Smith, Patti
Just Kids : from Brooklyn to the Chelsea Hotel: a Life of Art and Friendship.
In this tough, tender memoir, singer-songwriter Patti Smith transports readers to what seemed like halcyon days for art and artists in New York as she shares tales of the denizens of Max's Kansas City, the Hotel Chelsea, Scribner's, Brentano's and Strand bookstores and her new life in Brooklyn with a young man named Robert Mapplthorpe--the man who changed her life with his love, friendship, and genius.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt 2009
Stiles, T. J.
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
A gripping, groundbreaking biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism. We see Vanderbilt help to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family 2008
Gordon-Reed, Annette
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
Historian and legal scholar Gordon-Reed presents this epic work that tells the story of the Hemingses, an American slave family, and their close blood ties to Thomas Jefferson.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA 2007
Weiner, Tim
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Here is the hidden history of the CIA: why eleven presidents and three generations of CIA officers have been unable to understand the world; why nearly every CIA director has left the agency in worse shape than he found it; and how these failures have profoundly jeopardized our national security. For sixty years, the CIA has managed to maintain a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, burying its blunders in top-secret archives. Its mission was to know the world--when it did not succeed, it set out to change the world instead.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl 2006
Egan, Timothy
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
"The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told ... Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression."
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Year of Magical Thinking 2005
Didion, Joan
The Year of Magical Thinking
From one of America's iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage-and a life, in good times and bad-that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age 2004
Boyle, Kevin
Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
In 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturing jobs, and tensions often flared with the KKK in ascendance and violence rising. Ossian Sweet, a proud Negro doctor-grandson of a slave-had made the long climb from the ghetto to a home of his own in a previously all-white neighborhood. Yet just after his arrival, a mob gathered outside his house; suddenly, shots rang out: Sweet, or one of his defenders, had accidentally killed one of the whites threatening their lives and homes.
2004
Adult Nonfiction Book
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AUTHORS
• Arlen, Michael J.
• Bacall, Lauren
• Bailyn, Bernard
• Bair, Deirdre
• Ball, Edward, 1959-
• Bate, Walter Jackson
• Berg, A. Scott
• Bettelheim, Bruno
• Bowen, Catherine Drinker
• Boyle, Kevin, 1960-
• Caro, Robert A.
• Carroll, James, 1943-
• Carson, Rachel
• Catton, Bruce
• Chernow, Ron
• Child, Julia
• Clark, Eleanor, 1913-
• Cowley, Malcolm
• Davis, Philip J., 1923-
• De Voto, Bernard
• Didion, Joan
• Dower, John W.
• Egan, Timothy
• Eire, Carlos M.N.
• Ellis, Joseph J.
• Emerson, Gloria
• Fallows, James M.
• FitzGerald, Frances, 1940-
• Flanner, Janet
• Flexner, James Thomas
• Friedman, Thomas L.
• Fussell, Paul, 1924-
• Gordon-Reed, Annette
• Gould, Stephen Jay
• Greenblatt , Stephen
• Hellman, Lillian
• Hofstadter, Douglas R.
• Howe, Irving
• Johanson, Donald C.
• Kael, Pauline
• Kaplan, Justin
• Kennan, George F.
• Kidder, Tracy
• Kingston, Maxine Hong
• Kozol, Jonathan
• Kramer, Jane
• Krutch, Joseph Wood
• Lasch, Christopher
• Lash, Joseph P.
• Lifton, Robert Jay
• Lopez, Barry Holstun
• Mailer, Norman
• Marty, Martin E.
• Matthiessen, Peter
• McCullough, David G.
• Mellow, James R.
• Morris, Edmund
• Mumford, Lewis
• Navasky, Victor S.
• Nevins, Allan
• Nuland, Sherwin B.
• Pagels, Elaine H.
• Pais, Abraham
• Philbrick, Nathaniel
• Remini, Robert Vincent
• Rhodes, Richard, 1937-
• Rosen, Charles, 1927-
• Schlesinger, Arthur M., 1917-
• Sewall, Richard Benson
• Shattuck, Roger
• Sheehan, Neil
• Shirer, William L.
• Smith, Patti
• Steegmuller, Francis
• Steel, Ronald
• Stiles, T.J.
• Swanberg, W.A.
• Thomas, Lewis, 1913-
• Thurman, Judith
• Vidal, Gore
• Weiner, Tim
• Wolf, Fred Alan
• Wolfe, Tom
• Zukav, Gary