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Originally established in 1917 by provisions in the will of Joseph Pulitzer, the Pulitzer Prize is a yearly award for achievements in writing and music over 21 categories. Works must be entered to be considered, and may be considered for up to two categories.

The Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction was first awarded since 1962. Some of the books in this list may fall into more specific Pulitzer categories.

The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea

Jack E Davis · Liveright
Pages: 608
Format: Hardcover

The tragic collision between civilization and nature in the Gulf of Mexico becomes a uniquely American story in this environmental epic.

When painter Winslow Homer first sailed into the Gulf of Mexico, he was struck by its "special kind of providence." Indeed, the Gulf...

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Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America

T. J. Stiles · Knopf
Pages: 608
Format: Print book

From the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, a brilliant new biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer that radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times.In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping...
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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Siddhartha Mukherjee · Scribner; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence....
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The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

Eric Foner · W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize: from a master historian, the story of Lincoln's -- and the nation's -- transformation through the crucible of slavery and emancipation. In this landmark work of deep scholarship and insight,...
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The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Annette Gordon-Reed · W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s...
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Washington's Crossing

David Hackett Fischer · Oxford University Press, USA; 1St Edition edition
Pages: 517
Format: Hardcover

Six months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. A powerful British force had routed the Americans at New York, occupied three colonies, and advanced within sight of Philadelphia.Yet, as David Hackett Fischer recounts in this riveting history,...
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Founding brothers : the revolutionary generation

Joseph J Ellis · Knopf; 1st edition
Format: Print book

Includes material on John Adams, Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington.
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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Jared M. Diamond · W. W. Norton & Company
Format: Paperback

"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."―Bill Gates In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped...
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No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

Doris Kearns Goodwin · Simon & Schuster
Format: Book

Presenting an aspect of American history that has never been fully told, Doris Kearns Goodwin describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become, only five years later, the preeminent economic...

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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

James M McPherson · Oxford University Press
Format: Book

James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one war in Mexico to the ending of another at Appomattox. Packed with drama and analytical insight, the book vividly recounts the momentous...

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Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63

Taylor Branch · Simon and Schuster
Format: Book

First of a 3-volume social history, Parting the Waters is more than a biography of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the decade preceding his emergence as a national figure. This 1000-page effort, which won the Pulitzer Prize as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award for General...

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Mary Chesnut's Civil War

Mary Boykin Chesnut · Yale University Press
Format: Book

An authorized account of the Civil War, for which editor C. Vann Woodward won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for History, drawn from the diaries of a Southern aristocrat, records the disintegration and final destruction of the Confederacy.

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The Impending Crisis: America Before the Civil War

David Morris Potter · HarperPerennial
Format: Book

Now in a new edition for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, David Potter’s Pulitzer Prize-winning history of antebellum America offers an indispensible analysis of the causes of the war between the states. The Journal of Southern History calls Potter’s incisive account,...

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