National Book Award


The National Book Awards have been awarded every November by the National Book Foundation in the United States since 1950. The Awards were established to enhance the public’s awareness of exceptional books written by Americans, and to increase the popularity of reading in general.

2016Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram Kendi
2015 – Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
2014Age of Ambition, Evan Osnos
2013 – The Unwinding, George Packer
2012Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo
2011The Swerve, Stephen Greenblatt
2010Just Kids, Patti Smith
2009The First Tycoon, T.J. Stiles
2008The Hemingses of Monticello, Annette Gordon-Reed
2007 – Legacy of Ashes, Tim Weiner
2006The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan
2005The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
2004Arc of Justice, Kevin Boyle
2003 Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, Carlos Eire
2002Master of the Senate, Robert A. Caro
2001Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, Andrew Solomon
2000In the Heart of the Sea, Nathaniel Philbrick
1999Embracing Defeat, John W. Dower
1998Slaves in the Family, Edward Ball
1997 – American Sphinx, Joseph J. Ellis
1996An American Requiem, James Carroll
1995The Haunted Land, Tina Rosenberg
1994How We Die, Sherwin B. Nuland
1993United States: Essays: 1952-1992, Gore Vidal
1992Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story, Paul Monette
1991Freedom, Orlando Patterson
1990 – The House of Morgan, Ron Chernow
1989From Beirut To Jerusalem, Thomas L. Friedman
1988A Bright Shining Lie, Neil Sheehan
1987 – The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
1986Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez
1985Common Ground, J. Anthony Lukas
1984Andrew Jackson, 1833-1845, Robert Vincent Remini
1983China Alive in the Bitter Sea, Fox Butterfield
1982The Soul of a New Machine, Tracy Kidder
1981China Men, Maxine H Kingston
1980The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe
1979The Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen
1978Winners & Losers, Gloria Emerson
1977The Uses of Enchantment, Bruno Bettelheim
1976The Great War and Modern Memory, Paul Fussell
1975The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher, Lewis Thomas
1975Marcel Proust, Roger Shattuck
1974Deeper Into Movies, Pauline Kael
1973Diderot, Arthur McCandless Wilson
1972The Classical Style, Charles Rosen
1971Cocteau: A Biography, Francis Steegmuller
1970An Unfinished Woman: A Memoir, Lillian Hellman
1969Armies of the Night, Norman Mailer
1968William Troy: Selected Essays, William Troy
1967Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain: A Biography, Justin Kaplan
1966Paris Journal 1944-1965, Janet Flanner
1965The Oysters of Locmariaquer, Eleanor Clark
1964John Keats, Aileen Ward
1963Henry James, a Life, Leon Edel
1962The City in History, Lewis Mumford
1961The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer
1960James Joyce, Richard Ellmann
1959Mistress To an Age: A Life of Madame De Stael, J. Christopher Herold
1958Lion & the Throne: Edward Coke, Catherine D Bowen
1957Russia Leaves the War, George F Kennan
1956American in Italy, Herbert Kubly
1955Measure of Man on Freedom Human Values, Joseph Wood Krutch
1954A Stillness At Appomattox, Bruce Catton
1953The Course of Empire, Bernard Devoto
1952The Sea Around Us, Rachel L. Carson
1951Herman Melville, Newton Arvin
1950Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ralph Rusk