Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism

Given by New York Public Library (NYPL)

Other Names: NYPL Helen Bernstein Award, NYPL Helen Bernstein Award Finalist
74 Works 49,885 Books 1,776 Reviews 4.1
Established in 1987 as an annual award, The New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism honors an outstanding journalist whose book has drawn public attention to show more important current issues or events. The award was established with a gift from Joseph F. Bernstein in honor of Helen Bernstein, a former journalist in Palm Beach, Florida. show less
Stages:
All, Finalist (40), No Stage (34)
Years:
All, 2022 (1), 2020 (1), 2019 (5), 2018 (5), 2017 (5), 2016 (5), 2015 (5), 2014 (5), 2013 (5), 2012 (5), 2011 (1), 2010 (5), 2009 (5), 2008 (1), 2007 (1), 2006 (1), 2005 (1), 2004 (1), 2003 (1), 2002 (1), 2001 (1), 2000 (2), 1999 (1), 1998 (1), 1997 (1), 1996 (1), 1995 (1), 1994 (1), 1993 (1), 1992 (1), 1991 (1), 1990 (1)

Finalist 40

WorkYear
No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria by Rania Abouzeid2019
The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark2019
Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold2019
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy2019
Nomadland by Jessica Bruder2018
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan2018
Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Nationalist Uprising by Joshua Green2018
Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatkar2018
The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria by Janine Di Giovanni2017
Cast Away: True Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis by Charlotte McDonald-Gibson2017
Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah2017
Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge2017
Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel by Dan Ephron2016
Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help by Larissa MacFarquhar2016
The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools? by Dale Russakoff2016
One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Åsne Seierstad2016
No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal2015
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert2015
The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited by Louisa Lim2015
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos2015
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel2014
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink2014
The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War by Fred Kaplan2014
The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster by Jonathan M. Katz2014
Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan by Rajiv Chandrasekaran2013
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen2013
Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power by David E. Sanger2013
Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale by Tom Wilber2013
The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World by Jay Bahadur2012
Killing the Cranes: A Reporter's Journey Through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan by Edward Girardet2012
Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them by Donovan Hohn2012
Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda by Eric Schmitt2012
How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities by John Cassidy2010
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof2010
Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil by Peter Maass2010
Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. by Roger Thurow2010
The Forever War by Dexter Filkins2009
High Wire: The Precarious Financial Lives of American Families by Peter Gosselin2009
Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs by Melody Petersen2009
Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East by Robin B. Wright2009

No Stage 34

WorkYear
Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott2022
Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America by Conor Dougherty2020
No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder2020
American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer2019
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen2018
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer2017
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy2016
India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking by Anand Giridharadas2015
Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin2014
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo2013
Retirement Heist: How Companies Plunder and Profit from the Nest Eggs of American Workers by Ellen E. Schultz2012
The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State by Shane Harris2011
The Good Soldiers by David Finkel2010
The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals by Jane Mayer2009
Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy by Charlie Savage2008
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright2007
The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq by George Packer2006
American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare by Jason DeParle2005
The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America's Military by Dana Priest2004
High and Mighty: SUVs--The World's Most Dangerous Vehicles and How They Got That Way by Keith Bradsher2003
The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care by Nina Bernstein2002
Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran by Elaine Sciolino2001
About Face: A History of America's Curious Relationship with China, from Nixon to Clinton by James Mann2000
A Great Wall: Six Presidents and China by Patrick Tyler2000
We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch1999
Anatomy of a Miracle: The End of Apartheid and the Birth of the New South Africa by Patti Waldmeir1998
The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction by David Quammen1997
The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism by Tina Rosenberg1996
A Piece of the Action: How the Middle Class Joined the Money Class by Joe Nocera1995
Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire by David Remnick1994
Upon This Rock : The Miracles of a Black Church by Samuel G. Freedman1993
There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America by Alex Kotlowitz1992
The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America by Nicholas Lemann1991
From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman1990

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