Commonwealth Club of California Book AwardsNonfiction

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Since 1931, the Commonwealth Club of California Book Awards have honored the exceptional literary merit of California writers and publishers. Each year a select jury considers hundreds of books in show more search of the very best in literary achievement. Eligible books must be written while the author is a resident of California, and they must be published during the year under consideration. Awards are presented in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, First Work of Fiction, Poetry, Californiana, Notable Contribution to Publishing, Juvenile Literature and Young Adult Literature. show less
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Gold Medal 78

WorkYear
American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild2023
Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire by Lizzie Johnson2022
South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War by Alice L Baumgartner2021
The Library Book by Susan Orlean2019
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein2018
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez2017
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez2016
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy2015
The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography by Miriam Pawel2014
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser2013
God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet2012
Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum by Jason Felch2011
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang2010
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit2009
Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life by John Adams2008
Ralph Ellison: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad2007
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan2006
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves by Adam Hochschild2005
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic by Chalmers Johnson2004
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca Solnit2003
Brown: The Last Discovery of America by Richard Rodriguez2002
American Colonies: The Settling of North America by Alan Taylor2001
Our Vietnam: The War 1954-1975 by A. J. Langguth2000
Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy1999
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild1998
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond1997
Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir by D. J. Waldie1996
Opera in America: A Cultural History by John Dizikes1993
Triumphs and Tragedy: A History of the Mexican People by Ramon Eduardo Ruiz1992
Anne Sexton: A Biography by Diane Middlebrook1991
Sacred Mountains of the World by Edwin Bernbaum1990
Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans by Ronald Takaki1989
Chaucer: His Life, His Works, His World by Donald R. Howard1987
France, Fin de Siècle by Eugen Weber1986
A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals by Spiro Kostof1985
French Gothic Architecture of the 12th and 13th Centuries by Jean V. Bony1983
The First Elizabeth by Carolly Erickson1983
The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 by Robert Middlekauff1982
Hunger of Memory : The Education of Richard Rodriguez by Richard Rodriguez1981
Translating Neruda: The Way to Macchu Picchu by John Felstiner1980
A New Age Now Begins: A People's History of the American Revolution by Page Smith1976
The Rape of the Nile: Tomb Robbers, Tourists, and Archaeologists in Egypt, Revised and Updated by Brian M. Fagan1975
The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski1974
Steinbeck Country by Steve Crouch1973
Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915 by Kevin Starr1973
Contour in Time: The Plays of Eugene O'Neill by Travis Bogard1972
Asian Ideas of East and West: Tagore and His Critics in Japan, China, and India by Stephen N. Hay1970
With Bold Knife and Fork by M. F. K. Fisher1969
Edward L. Thorndike: The Sane Positivist by Geraldine JonCich Clifford1968
Heroic Mexico: The Violent Emergence of a Modern Nation by William Weber Johnson1968
Robert E. Lee: A Portrait by Margaret Sanborn1967
The Stone Mason of Tor House: The Life and Times of Robinson Jeffers by Melba Berry Bennett1966
The cave and the mountain : a study of E M Forster by Wilfred Stone1966
Arfive by A.B. Jr Guthrie1965
Oil, land, and politics; the California career of Thomas Robert Bard by W. H. Hutchinson1965
Andreas Vesalius of Brussels, 1514-1564 by C. D. O'Malley1964
A History of Russia by Nicholas V. Riasanovsky1963
Franz Kafka: Parable and Paradox [Revised and Expanded Edition] by Heinz Politzer1962
John Adams by Page Smith1962
Sinclair Lewis: An American Life by Mark Schorer1961
Chancellor Robert R. Livingston of New York, 1746-1813 by George Dangerfield1960
Alexander Hamilton: portrait in paradox by John Chester Miller1959
Mistress to an age : a life of Madame de Staël by J. Christopher Herold1958
Elizabethans at Home by Lu Emily Pearson1957
The Nun's Story by Kathryn Hulme1956
Cities in Revolt: Urban Life in America, 1743-1776 by Carl Bridenbaugh1955
Notre-Dame of Paris by Allan Temko1955
Howells and the age of realism by Everett Carter1954
It's good to be black by Ruby Berkley Goodwin1953
Boss Ruef's San Francisco: The Story of the Union Labor Party, Big Business, and the Graft Prosecution (Cal 138) by Walton Bean1952
The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer1951
Sea Road to the Indies: An account of the voyages and exploits of the Portuguese navigators, together with the life and times of Dom Vasco da Gama, Capitao-Mor, Viceroy of India and Count Vidigueira by Henry Hersch Hart1950
Minor Heresies, Major Departures: A China Mission Boyhood by John Jenkins Espey1945
Caesar and Christ by Will Durant1944
Brothers under the skin by Carey McWilliams1943
Lord of Alaska; Baranov and the Russian Adventure by Hector Chevigny1941
San Francisco tales by Charles Dobie1935
San Francisco: A Pageant by Charles Caldwell Dobie1933

Silver Medal 88

WorkYear
Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands by Kelly Lytle Hernandez2023
The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir by Ingrid Rojas Contreras2023
The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir by Ingrid Rojas Contreras2022
Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis by Gabrielle Selz2022
Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America by Conor Dougherty2021
American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer2019
The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life by Lauren Markham2018
Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature by Jordan Fisher Smith2017
Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature by Jordan Fisher Smith2016
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman2015
Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Héctor Tobar2014
Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti by Amy Wilentz2013
The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Anne-Marie O'Connor2012
The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. by Jonathan Lethem2011
The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America by Don Lattin2010
Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West by Deanne Stillman2008
What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe2007
Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario2006
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared M. Diamond2005
American Expressionism: Art and Social Change, 1920-1950 by Bram Dijkstra2003
American Law in the Twentieth Century by Lawrence M. Friedman2002
Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe by Brad S. Gregory1999
All on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery by Henry Mayer1998
Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics by Ruth Lewin Sime1996
Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America by Mike Rose1995
Poles Apart: Parallel Visions of the Arctic and Antarctic by Galen Rowell1995
Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap by Peggy Orenstein1994
No Way to Build a Ballpark and Other Irreverent Essays on Architecture by Allan Temko1993
Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father by Richard Rodriguez1992
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi1991
The Knight, Death and the Devil by Ella Leffland1990
America in 1857: A Nation on the Brink by Kenneth M. Stampp1990
Picasso's Guernica: History, Transformations, Meanings by Herschel B. Chipp1988
The Way to the Western Sea by David Lavender1988
Green Architecture & The Agrarian Garden by Barbara Stauffacher Solomon1988
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts1987
Voyages of Discovery: Captain Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific by Lynne Withey1987
Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence by Gene Brucker1986
Above Paris by Pierre Salinger1984
Will's Boy: A Memoir by Wright Morris1981
A Revolutionary People At War: The Continental Army and American Character, 1775-1783 by Charles Royster1980
The Imperiled Union: Essays on the Background of the Civil War by Kenneth M. Stampp1980
Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery by Leon F. Litwack1979
The Urban Crucible: The Northern Seaports and the Origins of the American Revolution by Gary B. Nash1979
Germany 1866-1945 by Gordon A. Craig1978
Saint Nicholas of Myra, Bari, and Manhattan: Biography of a Legend by Charles W. Jones1978
Fremont: Explorer for a Restless Nation by Ferol Egan1977
Botanical Prints by Henry Evans1977
Haywire by Brooke Hayward1977
Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914 by Eugen Weber1976
The Age of Napoleon by Will Durant1975
The Opium War, 1840-1842: Barbarians in the Celestial Empire in the Early Part of the Nineteenth Century and the War by Which They Forced Her Gates Ajar by Peter Ward Fay1975
Romantic Revolutionary: A Biography of John Reed by Robert A. Rosenstone1975
Gideon Welles: Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy by John Niven1973
Sand in a Whirlwind: The Paiute Indian War of 1860 by Ferol Egan1972
Textile Art in the Church by Marion P. Ireland1971
Interpretations of Life: A Survey of Contemporary Literature: The Lives and Opinions of Some Major Authors of Our Time by Will Durant1970
The Rise of Modern China by Immanuel Chung-yueh Hsü1970
The Immigrant Upraised: Italian Adventurers and Colonists in an Expanding America by Andrew F. Rolle1968
Fathers by Herbert Gold1967
The young Stalin; the early years of an elusive revolutionary by Edward Ellis Smith1967
Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californias, 1846-1890 by Leonard Pitt1966
The ordeal of the Constitution; the antifederalists and the ratification struggle of 1787-1788 by Robert Allen Rutland1966
Mein Cello und ich und unsere Begegnungen by Gregor Piatigorsky1965
The Final Challenge: The American Frontier, 1804-1845 by Dale Van Every1965
James Gibbons Huneker, critic of the seven arts by Arnold T. Schwab1963
Ah, Julian! A memoir of Julian Brodetsky by Leonard Wibberley1963
Adolph Sutro, a biography by Robert E. Stewart1962
Forth to the Wilderness: The First American Frontier, 1754-1774 by Dale Van Every1961
The War for the Union, Vol. 2: War Becomes Revolution, 1862-1863 by Allan Nevins1960
Thaddeus Stevens : Scourge of the South by Fawn Brodie1959
The end of American innocence : a study of the first years of our own time, 1912-1917 by Henry Farnham May1959
Land of Giants: Drive to the Pacific Northwest, 1750-1950 by David Lavender1958
The Era of Theodore Roosevelt, 1900-1912 by George E. Mowry1958
James Wilson, Founding Father, 1742-1798 by Charles Page Smith1956
The Streets of San Francisco by Samuel Dickson1955
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West by Wallace Stegner1954
Glory, God and Gold: A Narrative History of the Southwest by Paul I. Wellman1954
Ark of Empire by Idwal Jones1951
The Negro and the Communist Party by Wilson Record1951
Fifth Chinese Daughter by Jade Snow Wong1950
To Hell and Back by Audie Murphy1949
The Big Divide by David Lavender1948
The Legend of Henry Ford by Keith Sward1948
The great forest by Richard Gordon Lillard1947
The Christian heritage in America by George Percy Hedley1946
Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Movement by George E. Mowry1946
South America called them; explorations of the great naturalists: La Condamine, Humboldt, Darwin, Spruce by Victor Wolfgang Von Hagen1945

Winner 161

WorkYear
American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild2023
Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands by Kelly Lytle Hernandez2023
The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir by Ingrid Rojas Contreras2023
Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire by Lizzie Johnson2022
Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis by Gabrielle Selz2022
South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War by Alice L Baumgartner2021
Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America by Conor Dougherty2021
The Library Book by Susan Orlean2019
American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer2019
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez2016
Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature by Jordan Fisher Smith2016
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy2015
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman2015
The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography by Miriam Pawel2014
Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Héctor Tobar2014
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser2013
Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti by Amy Wilentz2013
God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet2012
The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Anne-Marie O'Connor2012
Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum by Jason Felch2011
The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. by Jonathan Lethem2011
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang2010
The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America by Don Lattin2010
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit2009
Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life by John Adams2008
Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West by Deanne Stillman2008
Ralph Ellison: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad2007
What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe2007
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan2006
Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario2006
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves by Adam Hochschild2005
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared M. Diamond2005
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic by Chalmers Johnson2004
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca Solnit2003
American Expressionism: Art and Social Change, 1920-1950 by Bram Dijkstra2003
Brown: The Last Discovery of America by Richard Rodriguez2002
American Law in the Twentieth Century by Lawrence M. Friedman2002
American Colonies: The Settling of North America by Alan Taylor2001
Our Vietnam: The War 1954-1975 by A. J. Langguth2000
Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy1999
Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe by Brad S. Gregory1999
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild1998
All on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery by Henry Mayer1998
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond1997
Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir by D. J. Waldie1996
Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics by Ruth Lewin Sime1996
Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America by Mike Rose1995
Poles Apart: Parallel Visions of the Arctic and Antarctic by Galen Rowell1995
Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap by Peggy Orenstein1994
Opera in America: A Cultural History by John Dizikes1993
No Way to Build a Ballpark and Other Irreverent Essays on Architecture by Allan Temko1993
Triumphs and Tragedy: A History of the Mexican People by Ramon Eduardo Ruiz1992
Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father by Richard Rodriguez1992
Anne Sexton: A Biography by Diane Middlebrook1991
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi1991
Sacred Mountains of the World by Edwin Bernbaum1990
The Knight, Death and the Devil by Ella Leffland1990
America in 1857: A Nation on the Brink by Kenneth M. Stampp1990
Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans by Ronald Takaki1989
Picasso's Guernica: History, Transformations, Meanings by Herschel B. Chipp1988
The Way to the Western Sea by David Lavender1988
Green Architecture & The Agrarian Garden by Barbara Stauffacher Solomon1988
Chaucer: His Life, His Works, His World by Donald R. Howard1987
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts1987
Voyages of Discovery: Captain Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific by Lynne Withey1987
France, Fin de Siècle by Eugen Weber1986
Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence by Gene Brucker1986
A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals by Spiro Kostof1985
Above Paris by Pierre Salinger1984
French Gothic Architecture of the 12th and 13th Centuries by Jean V. Bony1983
The First Elizabeth by Carolly Erickson1983
The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 by Robert Middlekauff1982
Hunger of Memory : The Education of Richard Rodriguez by Richard Rodriguez1981
Will's Boy: A Memoir by Wright Morris1981
Translating Neruda: The Way to Macchu Picchu by John Felstiner1980
A Revolutionary People At War: The Continental Army and American Character, 1775-1783 by Charles Royster1980
The Imperiled Union: Essays on the Background of the Civil War by Kenneth M. Stampp1980
Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery by Leon F. Litwack1979
The Urban Crucible: The Northern Seaports and the Origins of the American Revolution by Gary B. Nash1979
Germany 1866-1945 by Gordon A. Craig1978
Saint Nicholas of Myra, Bari, and Manhattan: Biography of a Legend by Charles W. Jones1978
Fremont: Explorer for a Restless Nation by Ferol Egan1977
Botanical Prints by Henry Evans1977
Haywire by Brooke Hayward1977
A New Age Now Begins: A People's History of the American Revolution by Page Smith1976
Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914 by Eugen Weber1976
The Rape of the Nile: Tomb Robbers, Tourists, and Archaeologists in Egypt, Revised and Updated by Brian M. Fagan1975
The Age of Napoleon by Will Durant1975
The Opium War, 1840-1842: Barbarians in the Celestial Empire in the Early Part of the Nineteenth Century and the War by Which They Forced Her Gates Ajar by Peter Ward Fay1975
Romantic Revolutionary: A Biography of John Reed by Robert A. Rosenstone1975
The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski1974
Steinbeck Country by Steve Crouch1973
Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915 by Kevin Starr1973
Gideon Welles: Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy by John Niven1973
Contour in Time: The Plays of Eugene O'Neill by Travis Bogard1972
Sand in a Whirlwind: The Paiute Indian War of 1860 by Ferol Egan1972
Textile Art in the Church by Marion P. Ireland1971
Asian Ideas of East and West: Tagore and His Critics in Japan, China, and India by Stephen N. Hay1970
Interpretations of Life: A Survey of Contemporary Literature: The Lives and Opinions of Some Major Authors of Our Time by Will Durant1970
The Rise of Modern China by Immanuel Chung-yueh Hsü1970
With Bold Knife and Fork by M. F. K. Fisher1969
Edward L. Thorndike: The Sane Positivist by Geraldine JonCich Clifford1968
Heroic Mexico: The Violent Emergence of a Modern Nation by William Weber Johnson1968
The Immigrant Upraised: Italian Adventurers and Colonists in an Expanding America by Andrew F. Rolle1968
Robert E. Lee: A Portrait by Margaret Sanborn1967
Fathers by Herbert Gold1967
The young Stalin; the early years of an elusive revolutionary by Edward Ellis Smith1967
The Stone Mason of Tor House: The Life and Times of Robinson Jeffers by Melba Berry Bennett1966
The cave and the mountain : a study of E M Forster by Wilfred Stone1966
Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californias, 1846-1890 by Leonard Pitt1966
The ordeal of the Constitution; the antifederalists and the ratification struggle of 1787-1788 by Robert Allen Rutland1966
Arfive by A.B. Jr Guthrie1965
Oil, land, and politics; the California career of Thomas Robert Bard by W. H. Hutchinson1965
Mein Cello und ich und unsere Begegnungen by Gregor Piatigorsky1965
The Final Challenge: The American Frontier, 1804-1845 by Dale Van Every1965
Andreas Vesalius of Brussels, 1514-1564 by C. D. O'Malley1964
A History of Russia by Nicholas V. Riasanovsky1963
James Gibbons Huneker, critic of the seven arts by Arnold T. Schwab1963
Ah, Julian! A memoir of Julian Brodetsky by Leonard Wibberley1963
Franz Kafka: Parable and Paradox [Revised and Expanded Edition] by Heinz Politzer1962
John Adams by Page Smith1962
Adolph Sutro, a biography by Robert E. Stewart1962
Sinclair Lewis: An American Life by Mark Schorer1961
Forth to the Wilderness: The First American Frontier, 1754-1774 by Dale Van Every1961
Chancellor Robert R. Livingston of New York, 1746-1813 by George Dangerfield1960
The War for the Union, Vol. 2: War Becomes Revolution, 1862-1863 by Allan Nevins1960
Alexander Hamilton: portrait in paradox by John Chester Miller1959
Thaddeus Stevens : Scourge of the South by Fawn Brodie1959
The end of American innocence : a study of the first years of our own time, 1912-1917 by Henry Farnham May1959
Mistress to an age : a life of Madame de Staël by J. Christopher Herold1958
Land of Giants: Drive to the Pacific Northwest, 1750-1950 by David Lavender1958
The Era of Theodore Roosevelt, 1900-1912 by George E. Mowry1958
Elizabethans at Home by Lu Emily Pearson1957
The Nun's Story by Kathryn Hulme1956
James Wilson, Founding Father, 1742-1798 by Charles Page Smith1956
Cities in Revolt: Urban Life in America, 1743-1776 by Carl Bridenbaugh1955
Notre-Dame of Paris by Allan Temko1955
The Streets of San Francisco by Samuel Dickson1955
Howells and the age of realism by Everett Carter1954
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West by Wallace Stegner1954
Glory, God and Gold: A Narrative History of the Southwest by Paul I. Wellman1954
It's good to be black by Ruby Berkley Goodwin1953
Boss Ruef's San Francisco: The Story of the Union Labor Party, Big Business, and the Graft Prosecution (Cal 138) by Walton Bean1952
The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer1951
Ark of Empire by Idwal Jones1951
The Negro and the Communist Party by Wilson Record1951
Sea Road to the Indies: An account of the voyages and exploits of the Portuguese navigators, together with the life and times of Dom Vasco da Gama, Capitao-Mor, Viceroy of India and Count Vidigueira by Henry Hersch Hart1950
Fifth Chinese Daughter by Jade Snow Wong1950
To Hell and Back by Audie Murphy1949
The Big Divide by David Lavender1948
The Legend of Henry Ford by Keith Sward1948
The great forest by Richard Gordon Lillard1947
The Christian heritage in America by George Percy Hedley1946
Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Movement by George E. Mowry1946
Minor Heresies, Major Departures: A China Mission Boyhood by John Jenkins Espey1945
South America called them; explorations of the great naturalists: La Condamine, Humboldt, Darwin, Spruce by Victor Wolfgang Von Hagen1945
Caesar and Christ by Will Durant1944
Brothers under the skin by Carey McWilliams1943
Lord of Alaska; Baranov and the Russian Adventure by Hector Chevigny1941
San Francisco tales by Charles Dobie1935
San Francisco: A Pageant by Charles Caldwell Dobie1933

Finalist 42

WorkYear
The Three Ages of Water: Prehistoric Past, Imperiled Present, and a Hope for the Future by Peter Gleick2024
The Hungry Season: A Journey of War, Love, and Survival by Lisa M. Hamilton2024
Daughter of the Dragon: Anna May Wong's Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang2024
Orphan Bachelors: A Memoir by Fae Myenne Ng2024
California Against the Sea: Visions for Our Vanishing Coastline by Rosanna Xia2024
American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild2023
Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands by Kelly Lytle Hernandez2023
The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir by Ingrid Rojas Contreras2023
Geography Is Destiny: Britain and the World: A 10,000-Year History by Ian Morris2023
Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire by Lizzie Johnson2022
Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis by Gabrielle Selz2022
Her Honor: My Life on the Bench...What Works, What's Broken, and How to Change It by LaDoris Hazzard Cordell2022
Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could by Adam Schiff2022
Life as We Made It: How 50,000 Years of Human Innovation Refined―and Redefined―Nature by Beth Shapiro2022
South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War by Alice L Baumgartner2021
Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America by Conor Dougherty2021
Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time by Ben Ehrenreich2021
Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America by Laila Lalami2021
Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire by Tom Zoellner2021
The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser2019
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 Vincent2019
We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler2019
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez2017
Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature by Jordan Fisher Smith2017
Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939 by Adam Hochschild2016
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild2016
The Coyote's Bicycle: The Untold Story of 7,000 Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire by Kimball Taylor2016
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy2015
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