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 Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
Artist/Author/Cast:
Reiss, Tom
Call Number:
92 Dumas 2012
Description:

(Biography or Autobiography, 2013) This biography reveals how the true inspiration behind Alexandre Dumas’ most popular and classic novels was the life of his father.

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.

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
Artist/Author/Cast:
King, Gilbert
Call Number:
305.896 K528d 2012
Description:

(Nonfiction, 2013) When a group of four young blacks are accused of a vicious crime, NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall vows to bring them justice.

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.

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam
Artist/Author/Cast:
Logevall, Frederik
Call Number:
959.7041 L8323e 2012
Description:

(History, 2013) Through recently uncovered documents, the author details the beginnings of the Vietnam War and sheds light on the reasons why the United States became involved.

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 Goldfinch
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tartt, Donna
Call Number:
F Tartt
Description:

(Fiction, 2014) While being raised in the home a wealthy friend, Theo Decker becomes entrenched in the often mysterious world of art.

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 Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
Artist/Author/Cast:
Taylor, Alan
Call Number:
975.503 T2384i 2013
Description:

(History, 2014) The oceanfront landscape is the setting for this history that details the role that slaves played in the Revolutionary War.

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.

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