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.

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