Pulitzer Prize Winners

Started in 1917, the Pulitzer Prize is presented annually by a twenty-member board with twenty-one category awards. This annotated list covers the last seven years of the Biography or Autobiography, General Nonfiction, History, and Fiction categories.

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American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
Artist/Author/Cast:
Meacham, Jon
Call Number:
92 Jackson 2008
Description:

(Biography or Autobiography, 2009) The complex life of President Jackson, everything from his fierce loyalty ordinary citizens to his rejection of Native American land rights, is portrayed in this work.

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bird, Kai; Sherwin, Martin J.
Call Number:
92 Oppenheimer 2005
Description:

(Biography or Autobiography, 2006) The authors examine the life of the father of the atomic bomb and illustrate his roles in the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Artist/Author/Cast:
Díaz, Junot
Call Number:
F Díaz
Description:

(Fiction, 2008) Oscar is an overweight Dominican/American and self-proclaimed geek whose goals are to become the next great fantasy author and to find true love.

Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hoffman, David
Call Number:
909.825 H6993d 2009
Description:

(General Nonfiction, 2010) This title chronicles the events that led to the end of the Cold War, through interviews and classified government documents.

Eden`s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father
Artist/Author/Cast:
Matteson, John
Call Number:
92 Alcott 2007
Description:

(Biography or Autobiography, 2008) The tense yet affectionate relationship between writer Louisa May Alcott and her father, the teacher and close companion of Emerson and Thoreau, is told in this work.

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mukherjee, Siddhartha
Call Number:
616.994 M9538e 2010
Description:

(General Nonfiction, 2011) Science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee explores the long and complex history of cancer from thousands of years ago to the present day.

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
Artist/Author/Cast:
Foner, Eric
Call Number:
973.7092 F6735f 2010
Description:

(History, 2011) This account details President Lincoln’s role in the history of American Slavery and how it shaped his political career.

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stiles, T. J.
Call Number:
92 Vanderbilt 2009
Description:

(Nonfiction, 2009) Read about the life of the father of modern capitalism in this work that illustrates an important financial and economic movement.

George F. Kennan: An American Life
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gaddis, John Lewis
Call Number:
92 Kennan 2011
Description:

(Biography or Autobiography, 2012) John Gaddis examines the life of the American diplomat, Cold War figure, and author of the infamous “long telegram” and “X” documents.

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gordon-Reed, Annette
Call Number:
973.460922 G6657h 2008
Description:

(Nonfiction, 2008) The author examines the complex and often ignored relationship between the Hemings family and President Thomas Jefferson in this historical work.

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain`s Gulag in Kenya
Artist/Author/Cast:
Elkins, Caroline
Call Number:
967.6203 E4383i 2005
Description:

(General Nonfiction, 2006) The author examines the largely unknown and misrepresented story of Britain’s bloody struggle to maintain control over Kenya during the Mau Mau Uprising.

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wright, Lawrence
Call Number:
973.931 W9514L 2006
Description:

(General Nonfiction, 2007) Lawrence Wright uncovers the historical roots of Al-Qaeda and shows how it became the most successful terrorist group in history.

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ahamed, Liaquat
Call Number:
332.10922 A2855L 2009
Description:

(History, 2010) The author presents evidence to show that 1929’s Great Depression was born from the actions of a small number of central bankers.

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
Artist/Author/Cast:
Marable, Manning; Thomas, G. Valmont (Read by)
Call Number:
92 X 2011
Description:

(History, 2012) Manning Marable chronicles Malcom X’s path from troubled youth to leader in the Black Nationalism movement and subsequent assassination.

March
Artist/Author/Cast:
Brooks, Geraldine
Call Number:
F Brooks
Description:

(Fiction, 2006) Brooks shares the untold story of Father March from Louisa May Alcott'€™s "Little Women" as he joins other Union soldiers in the Civil War.

The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher
Artist/Author/Cast:
Applegate, Debby
Call Number:
92 Beecher 2006
Description:

(Biography or Autobiography, 2007) This biography studies the rise to fame by the minister and preacher, as well as his fall after accusations of adultery and subsequent trials.

Olive Kitteridge
Artist/Author/Cast:
Strout, Elizabeth
Call Number:
F Strout
Description:

(Fiction, 2009) Retired schoolteacher Olive Kitteridge laments the ever-changing world of her small town and how it affects the lives of those around her.

Polio: An American Story
Artist/Author/Cast:
Oshinsky, David M.
Call Number:
614.549 O826p 2005
Description:

(History, 2006) David Oshinksy examines the history of polio, the men and women who searched for its cure, and why it was portrayed as an epidemic when it was relatively rare.

The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation
Artist/Author/Cast:
Roberts, Gene; Klibanoff, Hank
Call Number:
070.4493058 R6443r 2006
Description:

(History, 2007) This account examines the pivotal role that the press and journalists played during the Civil Rights era of the 1950s and ‘60s.

The Road
Artist/Author/Cast:
McCarthy, Cormac
Call Number:
F McCarthy
Description:

(Fiction, 2007) This post-apocalyptic novel follows the experiences of a father and son who struggle to survive a world of danger and solitude.

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