The Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction
1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s
For more information about the Pulitzer Prizes, click here.

     The making of the President, 1960 by Theodore H. White
1963     The guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
1964     Anti-intellectualism in American life by Richard Hofstadter
1965     O strange new world : American culture: the formative years by Howard Mumford Jones
1966     Wandering through winter; a naturalist's record of a 20,000-mile journey through the North American winter by Edwin Way Teale
1967     The problem of slavery in Western culture by David Brion Davis
1968     The story of civilization : volume 10 : Rousseau and revolution by Will And Ariel Durant
1969     The armies of the night; history as a novel, the novel as history by Norman Mailer
1969     So human an animal by Rene Jules Dubos
1970     Gandhi's truth on the origins of militant nonviolence by Erik H. Erikson
1971     The rising sun; the decline and fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945 by John Toland
1972     Stilwell and the American experience in China, 1911-1945 by Barbara W. Tuchman
1973     Children of crisis : volume 2 : migrants, sharecroppers, mountaineers; and volume 3 : the South goes North by Robert Coles
1973     Fire in the lake; the Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances Fitzgerald
1974     The denial of death by Ernest Becker
1975     Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
1976     Why survive? : being old in America by Robert N. Butler
1977     Beautiful swimmers : watermen, crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay by William W. Warner
1978     The dragons of Eden : speculations on the evolution of human intelligence by Carl Sagan
1979     On human nature by Edward O. Wilson
1980     Gödel, Escher, Bach : an eternal golden braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
1981     Fin-de-siècle Vienna : politics and culture by Carl E. Schorske
1982     The soul of a new machine by Tracy Kidder
1983     Is there no place on earth for me? by Susan Sheehan
1984     The social transformation of American medicine by Paul Starr
1985     "The good war" : an oral history of World War Two by Studs Terkel
1986     Move your shadow : South Africa Black and White by Joseph Lelyveld
1986     Common ground : a turbulent decade in the lives of three American families by J. Anthony Lukas
1987     Arab and Jew : wounded spirits in a promised land by David K. Shipler
1988     The making of the atomic bomb by Richard Rhodes
1989     A bright shining lie : John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan
1990     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 by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson
1991     The ants by Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson
1992     The prize : the epic quest for oil, money and power by Daniel Yergin
1993     Lincoln at Gettysburg : the words that remade America by Garry Wills
1994     Lenin's tomb : the last days of the Soviet empire by David Remnick
1995     The beak of the finch : evolution in real time by Jonathan Weiner
1996     The haunted land : facing Europe's ghosts after communism by Tina Rosenberg
1997     Ashes to ashes : America's hundred-year cigarette war, the public health, and the unabashed triumph of Philip Morris by Richard Kluger
1998     Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human societies by Jared Diamond
1999     Annals of the former world by John McPhee
2000     Embracing defeat : Japan in the wake of World War II by John W. Dower
2001     Hirohito and the making of modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix
2002     Carry me home : Birmingham, Alabama : the climactic battle of the civil rights revolution by Diane McWhorter
2003     "A problem from hell" : America and the age of genocide by Samantha Power
2004     Gulag : a history by Anne Applebaum
2005     Ghost wars : the secret history of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll
2006     Imperial reckoning : the untold story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins
2007     The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
2008     The years of extermination : Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul Friedländer
2009     Slavery by another name : the re-enslavement of Black people in America from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon
2010     The dead hand : the untold story of the Cold War arms race and its dangerous legacy by David E. Hoffman
2011     The emperor of all maladies : a biography of cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
2012     The swerve : how the world became modern by Stephen Greenblatt
2013     Devil in the grove : Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the dawn of a new America by Gilbert King
2014     Toms River : a story of science and salvation by Dan Fagin
2015     The sixth extinction : an unnatural history by Elizabeth Kolbert
2016     Black flags : the rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick
2017     Evicted : poverty and profit in the American city by Matthew Desmond
2018     Locking up our own : crime and punishment in black America by James Forman Jr.