The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

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2017     The fortunes by Peter Ho Davies
2017     Olio by Tyehimba Jess
2017     The association of small bombs by Karan Mahajan
2017     Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race by Margot Lee Shetterly
2017     Isabel Allende Lifetime Achievement Award
2016     The gay revolution : the story of the struggle by Lillian Faderman
2016     The jazz palace by Mary Morris
2016     Heaven by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
2016     What the eye hears : a history of tap dancing by Brian Seibert
2015     The new testament by Jericho Brown
2015     Hard love province : poems by Marilyn Chin
2015     David Brion Davis Lifetime Achievement Award
2015     A tale of two plantations : slave life and labor in Jamaica and Virginia by Richard S. Dunn
2015     A brief history of seven killings by Marlon James
2014     Wilson Harris Lifetime Achievement Award
2014     George Laming Lifetime Achievement Award
2014     A constellation of vital phenomena : a novel by Anthony Marra
2014     The big smoke by Adrian Matejka
2014     My promised land : the triumph and tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit
2013     My favorite warlord by Eugene Gloria
2013     Kind one : a novel by Laird Hunt
2013     The yellow birds : a novel by Kevin Powers
2013     Far from the tree : parents, children and the search for identity by Andrew Solomon
2013     Wole Soyinka Lifetime Achievement Award
2012     American oracle : the Civil War in the civil rights era by David Blight
2012     Half-blood blues : a novel by Esi Edugyan
2012     Arnold Rampersad Lifetime Achievement Award
2012     Less than human : why we demean, enslave, and exterminate others by David Livingstone Smith
2011     Atlas of the transatlantic slave trade by David Eltis and David Richardson
2011     Great house by Nicole Krauss
2011     The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia by Mary Helen Stefaniak
2011     John Edgar Wideman Lifetime Achievement Award
2011     The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America's great migration by Isabel Wilkerson
2010     Elizabeth Alexander Lifetime Achievement Award
2010     Burnt shadows by Kamila Shamsie
2010     William Julius Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award
2010     Oprah Winfrey Lifetime Achievement Award
2009     The plague of doves by Louise Erdrich
2009     The Hemingses of Monticello : an American family by Annette Gordon-Reed
2009     The boat by Nam Le
2009     Paule Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award
2008     Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
2008     The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
2008     The reluctant fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
2008     William Melvin Kelley Lifetime Achievement Award
2007     Half of a yellow sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2007     Taylor Branch Lifetime Achievement Award
2007     Blue front by Martha Collins
2007     Steel drivin' man : John Henry, the untold story of an American legend by Scott Reynolds Nelson
2006     William Demby Lifetime Achievement Award
2006     New York burning : liberty, slavery, and conspiracy in eighteenth-century Manhattan by Jill Lepore
2006     On beauty : a novel by Zadie Smith
2005     The dew breaker by Edwidge Danticat
2005     M•A•C•N•O•L•I•A by A. Van Jordan
2005     Unforgivable blackness : the rise and fall of Jack Johnson by Geoffrey C. Ward
2005     August Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award
2004     Generations of captivity : a history of African-American slaves by Ira Berlin
2004     The known world by Edward P. Jones
2004     Random family : love, drugs, trouble, and coming of age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
2004     Derek Walcott Lifetime Achievement Award
2003     The emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter
2003     Adrienne Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award
2003     A problem from hell : America and the age of genocide by Samantha Power
2003     World hotel by Reetika Vazirani
2002     Q : the autobiography of Quincy Jones by Quincy Jones
2002     Vernon can read! : a memoir by Vernon E. Jordan Jr.
2002     John Henry Days : a novel by Colson Whitehead
2002     Jay Wright Lifetime Achievement Award
2001     W.E.B. Du Bois : the fight for equality and the American century, 1919-1963 by David Levering Lewis
2001     Rope burns : stories from the corner by F.X. Toole
2001     Lucille Clifton Lifetime Achievement Award
2000     Ernest J. Gaines Lifetime Achievement Award
2000     A gesture life by Chang-rae Lee
2000     Out of place : a memoir by Edward W. Said
1999     Cloudsplitter : a novel by Russell Banks
1999     John Hope Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award
1999     Walking with the wind : a memoir of the movement by John Lewis
1998     The black notebooks : an interior journey by Toi Derricotte
1998     Always outnumbered, always outgunned by Walter Mosley
1998     Gordon Parks Lifetime Achievement Award
1997     The autobiography of my mother by Jamaica Kincaid
1997     The color of water : a Black man's tribute to his white mother by James McBride
1997     Albert L. Murray Lifetime Achievement Award
1996     All souls' rising by Madison Smartt Bell
1996     Amazing grace : the lives of children and the conscience of a nation by Jonathan Kozol
1996     Dorothy West Lifetime Achievement Award
1995     Sweetbitter : a novel by Reginald Gibbons
1995     Parallel time : growing up in black and white by Brent Staples
1995     The science and politics of racial research by William H. Tucker
1994     The Latin deli : prose and by Judith Ortiz Cofer
1994     W.E.B. Du Bois--biography of a race, 1868-1919 by David Levering Lewis
1994     A different mirror : a history of multicultural America by Ronald Takaki (rev. ed. (2008) here)
1993     In my father's house : Africa in the philosophy of culture by Kwame Anthony Appiah
1993     Woman hollering creek and other stories by Sandra Cisneros
1993     The civilization of the goddess : the world of Old Europe by Marija Gimbutas
1992     Invisible man (1952) by Ralph Ellison Landmark
1992     Praying for sheetrock : a work of by Melissa Faye Greene
1992     Lessons and legacies : the meaning of the Holocaust in a changing world, edited by Peter Hayes
1992     The IQ mythology : class, race, gender, and inequality by Elaine Mensh and Harry Mensh
1992     The homeplace : poems by Marilyn Nelson
1991     African ark : the peoples and ancient cultures of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher
1991     Gunnar Myrdal and America's conscience : social engineering and racial liberalism, 1938-1987 by Walter A. Jackson
1991     The arrogance of faith : Christianity and race in America from the colonial era to the twentieth century by Forrest G. Wood
1990     The image of the Black in Western art : vol. 4, part 1, Slaves and liberators, and vol. 4, part 2, Black models and white myths by Hugh Honour
1990     The women of plums : poems in the voices of slave women by Dolores Kendrick
1989     Parting the waters : America in the King years, 1954-63 by Taylor Branch
1989     The Schomburg library of nineteenth-century Black women writers (30 volumes) by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
1989     A life in the struggle : Ivory Perry and the culture of opposition by George Lipsitz
1989     Dreamings : the art of aboriginal Australia by Peter Sutton
1988     Living Maya text by Walter F. Morris, Jr. ; photographs by Jeffrey J. Foxx
1988     A sport of nature : a novel by Nadine Gordimer
1988     Beloved by Toni Morrison
1988     Whose votes count? : affirmative action and minority voting rights by Abigail M. Thernstrom
1987     The life of Langston Hughes by Arnold Rampersad
1987     Spirit of survival by Gail Sheehy
1986     Kachinas : a Hopi artist's documentary by Clifford Bahnimptewa and Barton Wright
1986     Nazis in Skokie : freedom, community and the First Amendment by Donald Alexander Downs
1986     Freedom rising : life under apartheid through the eyes of an American on a four-year clandestine journey through southern Africa by James North
1985     Mouroir : mirrornotes of a novel by Breyten Breytenbach
1985     The abandonment of the Jews : America and the Holocaust, 1941-1945 by David S. Wyman
1984     Pre-Columbian art by Jose Alcina Franch
1984     From immigrants to ethnics : the Italian Americans by Humbert S. Nelli
1983     Hunger of memory : the education of Richard Rodriguez : an autobiography by Richard Rodriguez
1983     Aké : the years of childhood by Wole Soyinka
1982     Evangelist of race : the Germanic vision of Houston Stewart Chamberlain by Geoffrey Field
1982     People of the sacred mountain : a history of the northern Cheyenne chiefs and warrior societies, 1830-1879 with an epilogue 1969-1974 by Peter John Powell
1981     Maasai text by Tepilit Ole Saitoti ; photos by Carol Beckwith
1981     Song from the earth : American Indian painting by Jamake Highwater
1980     The ecology of human development : experiments by nature and design by Urie Bronfenbrenner
1980     The !Kung San : men, women, and work in a foraging society by Richard Borshay Lee
1979     The Bushmen : san hunters and herders of Southern Africa, edited by Phillip V. Tobias
1978     The legacy of Malthus : the social costs of the new scientific racism by Allan Chase
1978     The woman warrior : memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston
1977     Simple justice : the history of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's struggle for equality by Richard Kluger (Rev. and expanded ed. (2004) here)
1977     Years of infamy : the untold story of America's concentration camps by Michi Weglyn (Updated ed. (1996) here)
1976     The war against the Jews, 1933–1945 by Lucy S. Dawidowicz
1976     The Arabs : their history, aims, and challenge to the industrialized world by Thomas Kiernan
1976     The myth of the Jewish race by Raphael Patai and Jennifer P. Wing
1975     Roll, Jordan, roll; the world the slaves made by Eugene D. Genovese
1975     The Aryan myth; a history of racist and nationalist ideas in Europe by Leon Poliakov
1974     Doctor and the Aborigines by Charles Duguid
1974     The unfinished quest of Richard Wright by Michel Fabre
1974     Justice in South Africa by Albie Sachs
1974     The Dreyfus case: a documentary history by Louis Snyder
1973     The water is wide by Pat Conroy
1973     Men and brothers; Anglo-American antislavery cooperation by Betty Fladeland
1973     Behind ghetto walls; Black families in a federal slum by Lee Rainwater
1972     The Black image in the white mind; the debate on Afro-American character and destiny, 1817-1914 by George M. Fredrickson
1972     Outcasts from evolution; scientific attitudes of racial inferiority, 1859-1900 by John S. Haller Jr.
1972     The healing of a nation by David Loye
1972     The autobiography of an unknown South African by Naboth Mokgatle
1972     Slavery in the structure of American politics, 1765-1820 by Donald L. Robinson
1971     A history of the African people by Robert W. July
1971     Black freedom : the nonviolent abolitionists from 1830 through the Civil War by Carleton Mabee
1971     La raza: the Mexican Americans by Stan Steiner
1971     The death and rebirth of the Seneca by Anthony F.C. Wallace
1970     Scottsboro : a tragedy of the American South by Dan T. Carter (rev. ed. (2007) here)
1970     Custer died for your sins : an Indian manifesto by Vine Deloria Jr.
1970     The Negro in Brazilian society by Florestan Fernandes
1970     The great betrayal; the evacuation of the Japanese-Americans during World War II by Audrie Girdner and Anne Loftis
1969     Negro and white children : a psychological study in the rural South by E. Earl Baughman and W. Grant Dahlstrom
1969     In the Mecca : poems by Gwendolyn Brooks
1969     The Leo Frank case by Leonard Dinnerstein
1969     The American Indian today by Stuart Levine and Nancy O. Lurie
1968     Warrant for genocide; the myth of the Jewish world-conspiracy and the Protocols of the elders of Zion by Norman Cohn
1968     Children of crisis; a study of courage and fear by Robert Coles
1968     The destruction of the European Jews by Raul Hilberg (Rev. ed. (1985) here) (3d ed. (2003) here)
1968     The Jews among the nations by Erich Kahler
1967     The problem of slavery in Western culture by David Brion Davis
1967     La vida; a Puerto Rican family in the culture of poverty--San Juan and New York by Oscar Lewis
1966     The unity of mankind in Greek thought by H.C. Baldry
1966     Manchild in the promised land by Claude Brown
1966     The autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
1966     Your heredity and environment by Amram Scheinfeld
1965     Assimilation in American life : the role of race, religion, and national origins by Milton M. Gordon
1965     The struggle for equality; abolitionists and the Negro in the Civil War and Reconstruction by James M. McPherson
1965     A history of the Jews by Abram L. Sachar (5th ed (1970) here)
1965     Mississippi : the closed society by James W. Silver
1964     Beyond the melting pot; the Negroes, Puerto Ricans, Jews, Italians, and Irish of New York City by Daniel P. Moynihan and Nathan Glazer (2nd ed (1970) here)
1964     The new world of Negro Americans by Harold R. Isaacs
1964     Faith and prejudice : intergroup problems in Protestant curricula by Bernhard E. Olson
1963     Mankind evolving : the evolution of the human species by Theodosius Dobzhansky
1962     The forbidden man : a novel by Gina Allen
1962     Antislavery : the crusade for freedom in America by Dwight L. Dumond
1962     Black like me John Howard Griffin (another edition is here)
1961     To Sir, with love by E.R. Braithwaite
1961     The reluctant African Louis E. Lomax
1960     The lost cities of Africa by Basil Davidson
1960     I speak for myself by John Haynes Holmes
1959     Stride toward freedom : the Montgomery story by Martin Luther King Jr.
1959     Racial and cultural minorities; an analysis of prejudice and discrimination by George Eaton Simpson and J. Milton Yinger
1958     White mother by Jessie B. Sams
1958     Handbook on race relations by South African Institute of Race Relations
1957     The masters and the slaves [Casa-Grande & Senzala] : a study in the development of Brazilian civilization by Gilberto Freyre (2nd ed. (1966) here)
1957     Naught for your comfort by Trevor Huddleston
1956     A manual of intergroup relations by John P. Dean and Alex Rosen
1956     They wait in darkness by George W. Shepherd Jr.
1955     Report on Africa by Oden Meeker
1955     Cultural difference and medical care; the case of the Spanish-speaking people of the Southwest by Lyle Saunders
1954     Struggle for Africa by Vernon Bartlett
1954     Simple takes a wife by Langston Hughes
1953     People of the Deer by Farley Mowat
1953     A many-splendored thing by Han Suyin
1952     Race relations by Brewton Berry
1952     Venture to the interior by Laurens van der Post
1951     Twilight in South Africa by Henry Gibbs
1951     The wall by John Hersey
1950     Punishment without crime; what you can do about prejudice by S. Andhil Fineberg
1950     Your most humble servant by Shirley Graham
1949     Anatomy of paradise: Hawaii and the islands of the South Seas by J.C. Furnas
1949     Cry, the beloved country by Alan Paton
1948     The Indians of the Americas by John Collier
1948     The other room by Worth Tuttle Hedden
1947     East River by Sholem Asch
1947     Latin Americans in Texas by Pauline R. Kibbe
1946     Black metropolis : a study of Negro life in a northern city by Horace Cayton and St. Clair Drake (Rev. ed. (1993) here)
1946     One nation by Wallace Stegner, with the editors of Look
1945     Earth and high heaven by Gwethalyn Graham
1945     An American dilemma: the Negro problem and modern democracy by Gunnar Myrdal (20th anniversary ed. (1962) here)
1944     'New world a-coming'; inside black America by Roi Ottley
1944     The world of Sholom Aleichem by Maurice Samuel
1943     Dust tracks on a road by Zora Neale Hurston
1942     Quest : an autobiography by Leopold Infeld (2nd ed. (1980) here)
1942     The Haitian people by James G. Leyburn (2nd ed. (1966) here)
1941     From many lands by Louis Adamic
1940     The Negro family in the United States by E. Franklin Frazier
1939     No Award
1938     No Award
1937     We Europeans; a survey of 'racial' problems by A.C. Haddon and Julian Huxley
1936     Negro politicians; the rise of Negro politics in Chicago by Harold Gosnell