All Pulitzer Prize-General Nonfiction 1962–2016

Pulitzer Prize winners in the General Nonfiction category. Prize awarded beginning in 1962. Updated through 2016. The list was compiled based on votes from the Goodreads community. Listopia is a special area of Goodreads, which allows people people to create lists which are, by default, polls — as anyone can vote on any list and can add books to any list.

1. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Jared Diamond (982)

2. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Siddhartha Mukherjee (495)

3. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Annie Dillard (452)

4. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Stephen Greenblatt (397)

5. Gulag Anne Applebaum (385)

6. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Douglas R. Hofstadter (358)

7. Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence Carl Sagan (357)

8. The Making of the Atomic Bomb Richard Rhodes (352)

9. Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New AmericaGilbert King (298)

10. Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan Herbert P. Bix (283)

11. Annals of the Former World John McPhee (280)

12. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II John W. Dower (276)

13. The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time Jonathan Weiner (274)

14. The Ants Bert Hölldobler (269)

15. The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power Daniel Yergin (257)

16. Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911–45 Barbara W. Tuchman (243)

17. The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous LegacyDavid E. Hoffman (195)

18. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II Douglas A. Blackmon (184)

19. Nazi Germany and the Jews: The Years of Extermination, 1939–1945 Saul Friedländer (182)

20. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright (180)

21. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 Steve Coll (177)

22. A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide Samantha Power (174)

23. Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights RevolutionDiane McWhorter (172)

24. The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism Tina Rosenberg (165)

25. Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire David Remnick (162)

26. Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America Garry Wills (160)

27. A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam Neil Sheehan (154)

28. Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land David K. Shipler (150)

29. Gandhi’s Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence Erik H. Erikson (149)

30. Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families J. Anthony Lukas(148)

31. The Good War: An Oral History of World War II Studs Terkel (145)

32. The Guns of August Barbara W. Tuchman (142)

33. Rousseau and Revolution (The Story of Civilization, #10) Will Durant (140)

34. On Human Nature Edward O. Wilson (138)

35. Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam Frances FitzGerald (131)

36. Children of Crisis, Volume 2: Migrants, Sharecroppers, Mountaineers Robert Coles (129)

37. Children of Crisis, Volume 3: South Goes North Robert Coles (127)

38. The Rising Sun: The Decline & Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936–45 John Willard Toland (124)

39. The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History Norman Mailer (121)

40. The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture David Brion Davis (117)

41. Anti-Intellectualism in American Life Richard Hofstadter (113)

42. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Elizabeth Kolbert (108)

43. Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya Caroline Elkins (93)

44. Ashes to Ashes: America’s Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris Richard Kluger (84)

45. And Their Children After Them: The Legacy of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: James Agee, Walker Evans, and the Rise and Fall of Cotton in the South Dale Maharidge (77)

46. Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White Joseph Lelyveld (72)

47. The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry Paul Starr (70)

48. Is There No Place on Earth for Me? Susan Sheehan (69)

49. The Soul of a New Machine Tracy Kidder (68)

50. Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture Carl E. Schorske (67)

51. Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay William W. Warner (63)

52. Why Survive?: Being Old in America Robert N. Butler (62)

53. The Denial of Death Ernest Becker (60)

54. So Human an Animal: How We are Shaped by Surroundings and Events René Dubos (52)

55. Wandering Through Winter: A Naturalist’s Record of a 20,000-Mile Journey Through the North American Winter Edwin Way Teale (49)

56. O Strange New World: American Culture, the Formative Years Howard Mumford Jones (48)

57. The Making of the President 1960 Theodore H. White (45)

58. Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation Dan Fagin (44)

59. Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS Joby Warrick (42)


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