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Book awards: PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award

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House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power by James Carroll2007
The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century by Steve Coll2009
Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire by Robert Perkinson2011
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo2013
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink2015
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond2017

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This biennial prize of $10,000 will go to the author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues which has been published in the United States during the previous two calendar years. The book should possess the qualities of intellectual rigor and importance, perspicuity of expression, and stylistic elegance conspicuous in the writings of author and economist John Kenneth Galbraith, whose four dozen books and countless other publications continue to provide an important and incisive commentary on the American social, intellectual and political scene.

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