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All, 2023 (6), 2022 (20), 2021 (5), 2020 (20), 2019 (9), 2018 (3), 2017 (6), 2016 (7), 2015 (9), 2014 (4), 2013 (4), 2012 (3), 2011 (7), 2010 (1)

Winner 14

Nominee 91

Valiant Women: The Extraordinary American Servicewomen Who Helped Win World War II by Lena S. Andrews2023
Astor: The Rise and Fall of an American Fortune by Anderson Cooper2023
A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan's Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them by Timothy Egan2023
Black AF History : the un-whitewashed story of America by Michael Harriot2023
Pathogenesis: A History of the World in Eight Plagues by Jonathan Kennedy2023
Bad Gays: A Homosexual History by Huw Lemmey2022
Gangsters vs. Nazis: How Jewish Mobsters Battled Nazis in Wartime America by Michael Benson2022
By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow's Legal Executioners by Margaret A. Burnham2022
Dangerous Rhythms: Jazz and the Underworld by T. J. English2022
The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freedland2022
American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild2022
Wise Gals: The Spies Who Built the CIA and Changed the Future of Espionage by Nathalia Holt2022
Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy by Damien Lewis2022
Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands by Kelly Lytle Hernandez2022
Prisoners of the Castle: An Epic Story of Survival and Escape from Colditz, the Nazis' Fortress Prison by Ben Macintyre2022
And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle by Jon Meacham2022
River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile by Candice Millard2022
Anna: The Biography by Amy Odell2022
The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Forged the Medieval World by Shelley Puhak2022
Slaying the Dragon: A Secret History of Dungeons and Dragons by Ben Riggs2022
His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Robert Samuels2022
The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams by Stacy Schiff2022
The Scandalous Hamiltons: A Gilded Age Grifter, a Founding Fathers Disgraced Descendant, and a Trial at the Dawn of Tabloid Journalism by Bill Shaffer2022
Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith2022
Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now by Jeff Yang2022
Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am by Julia Cooke2021
Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper2021
The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore2021
Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age by Annalee Newitz2021
A Black Women's History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry2020
Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman2020
The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America by Eric Cervini2020
You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington by Alexis Coe2020
Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.2020
Dead Famous: An Unexpected History of Celebrity from Bronze Age to Silver Screen by Greg Jenner2020
Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots by Morgan Jerkins2020
The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson2020
999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz by Heather Dune Macadam2020
Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy by Ben Macintyre2020
The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask2020
His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham2020
The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's 16th President--and Why It Failed by Brad Meltzer2020
Killing Crazy Horse: The Merciless Indian Wars in America by Bill O'Reilly2020
The House of Kennedy by James Patterson2020
How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America by Heather Cox Richardson2020
Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy Taylor2020
Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases by Ayelet Waldman2020
Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World by Chris Wallace2020
Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society by Judy Christie2019
The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire by William Dalrymple2019
Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis by Jared Diamond2019
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff2019
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham2019
How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr2019
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe2019
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer2019
These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore2018
Indianapolis : The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man by Lynn Vincent2018
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann2017
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn2017
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder2017
The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson2017
Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright2017
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin2016
The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer by Skip Hollandsworth2016
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg2016
Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips2016
The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag-Montefiore2016
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister2016
The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower2015
The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse by Piu Marie Eatwell2015
A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power by Paul Fischer2015
If This is a Woman: Inside Ravensbruck, Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm2015
Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson2015
When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning2015
The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff2015
Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard2015
The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills2014
Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery2014
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides2014
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan2013
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman2013
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer2013
The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception by Robin Gaby Fisher2012
Midnight in Peking by Paul French2012
1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart2011
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson2011
The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts2011
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie2011
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard2011
Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell2011


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