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National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winners and Finalists are listed below. The star rating and number of reviews are from Amazon.com. In parentheses after the star rating and number of reviews are the number of pages in the book and any other awards that the book was a finalist for. Award names in red indicate the the book was the winner of that award. Click the buy from Amazon.com link to be taken to the Amazon.com website where you can purchase the book from the premier online bookseller.

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2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winners and Finalists
GEORGE F. KENNAN: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis Winner!
32 reviews (2011) (p) (PP Bio) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=1 NBANom=0
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Love and Capital by Mary Gabriel
27 reviews (2011) (768p) (PP Bio) (NBCCA Bio) (NBA Non)
Author: TotNom=3 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=1
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Hemingway's Boat by Paul Hendrickson
50 reviews (2011) (p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=2 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=2 NBCCAWin=1 NBANom=0
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Malcolm X by Manning Marable
206 reviews (2011) (608p) (PP Bio) (PP His) (NBCCA Bio) (NBA Non) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
Author: TotNom=4 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=2 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=1
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Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F. Vogel
35 reviews (2011) (928p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winners and Finalists
How To Live, Or A Life Of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell Winner!
77 reviews (2010) (400p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=1 NBANom=0
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The Secret Lives Of Somerset Maugham: A Biography by Selina Hastings
27 reviews (2010) (640p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Charlie Chan: The Untold Story Of The Honorable Detective And His Rendezvous With American History by Yunte Huang
39 reviews (2010) (354p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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The Killing Of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers
34 reviews (2010) (608p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Simon Wiesenthal: The Lives And Legends by Tom Segev
8 reviews (2010) (608p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2009 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winners and Finalists
John Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey Winner!
43 reviews (2009) (784p) (PP Bio) (NBCCA Bio) (TIME Non)
Author: TotNom=3 UnqBooks=2 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=2 NBCCAWin=1 NBANom=0
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Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor by Brad Gooch
38 reviews (2009) (464p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector by Benjamin Moser
6 reviews (2009) (496p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone by Stanislao G. Pugliese
3 reviews (2009) (448p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line by Martha A. Sandweiss
63 reviews (2009) (384p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winners and Finalists
The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family In An American Century by Steve Coll
46 reviews (2008) (688p) (PP Bio) (NBCCA Bio) (ALA Non)
Author: TotNom=3 UnqBooks=2 PPNom=2 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul by Patrick French
19 reviews (2008) (576p) (NBCCA Bio) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Ida, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching by Paula J. Giddings
7 reviews (2008) (832p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed
205 reviews (2008) (800p) (PP His) (NBCCA Bio) (NBA Non) (ALA Non)
Author: TotNom=3 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=1
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White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson & Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple
10 reviews (2008) (432p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winners and Finalists
Stanley: The Impossible Life Of Africa’s Greatest Explorer by Tim Jeal Winner!
23 reviews (2007) (336p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=1 NBANom=0
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Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee
16 reviews (2007) (880p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Ralph Ellison: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad
14 reviews (2007) (672p) (NBCCA Bio) (NBA Non)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=1
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A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 by John Richardson
14 reviews (2007) (608p) (NBCCA Bio) (TIME Non)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin
14 reviews (2007) (512p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2006 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winners and Finalists
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips Winner!
26 reviews (2006) (480p) (NBCCA Bio) (ALA Non)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=1 NBANom=0
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The Most Famous Man in Amerca: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate
46 reviews (2006) (304p) (PP Bio) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68 by Taylor Branch
49 reviews (2006) (1056p) (NBCCA Bio) (NBA Non)
Author: TotNom=3 UnqBooks=2 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=1
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Flaubert: A Biography by Frederick Brown
8 reviews (2006) (640p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler by Jason Roberts
52 reviews (2006) (400p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2005 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winners and Finalists
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird
255 reviews (2005) (736p) (PP Bio) (NBCCA Bio) (TIME Non) (Amazon Dec EBio) (Amazon 05 EBio)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Lee Miller by Carolyn Burke
12 reviews (2005) (448p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Like a Fiery Elephant by Jonathan Coe
5 reviews (2005) (486p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
641 reviews (2005) (944p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=2 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Mark Twain by Ron Powers
43 reviews (2005) (736p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winners and Finalists
De Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens Winner!
56 reviews (2004) (752p) (PP Bio) (NBCCA Bio) (NYTimes Non) (Amazon Dec EBio)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=1 NBANom=0
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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
711 reviews (2004) (832p) (NBCCA Bio) (NYTimes Non) (Amazon Dec EBio) (ALA Non) (Amazon Dec CBio) (Amazon 04 C50) (Amazon 04 E50)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=2 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Chronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan
326 reviews (2004) (320p) (NBCCA Bio) (NYTimes Non) (Amazon 04 C50) (Amazon 04 E50)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt
225 reviews (2004) (384p) (PP Bio) (NBCCA Bio) (NBA Non) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non) (Amazon Dec EBio) (Amazon 04 E50)
Author: TotNom=5 UnqBooks=2 PPNom=2 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=2
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Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy
16 reviews (2004) (608p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winners and Finalists
Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman Winner!
86 reviews (2003) (908p) (PP Bio) (NBCCA Bio) (NYTimes Non) (ALA Non)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=1 NBANom=0
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A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates by Blake Bailey
30 reviews (2003) (688p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=3 UnqBooks=2 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=2 NBCCAWin=1 NBANom=0
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The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage by Paul Elie
30 reviews (2003) (576p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Jonathan Edwards by George Marsden
52 reviews (2003) (640p) (NBCCA Bio)
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Lucia Joyce: To Dance in the Wake by Carol Loeb Shloss
3 reviews (2003) (576p) (NBCCA Bio)
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2002 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winners and Finalists
Charles Darwin: The Power of Place, Vol. II by Janet Browne Winner!
16 reviews (2002) (232p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=1 NBANom=0
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Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro
361 reviews (2002) (1200p) (PP Bio) (NBCCA Bio) (NBA Non) (ALA Non) (Amazon Dec CBio) (Amazon 02 C50)
Author: TotNom=4 UnqBooks=2 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=2
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The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
131 reviews (2002) (271p) (NBCCA Bio) (NBA Non)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=1
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Benjamin Franklin by Edmund S. Morgan
40 reviews (2002) (368p) (NBCCA Bio)
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Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?: The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music by Mark Zwonitzer
44 reviews (2002) (368p) (NBCCA Bio)
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2001 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winners and Finalists
Boswells Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr.Johnson by Adam Sisman Winner!
17 reviews (2001) (384p) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=0 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=1 NBANom=0
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2000 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winners and Finalists
Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix Winner!
104 reviews (2000) (832p) (PP Non) (NBCCA Bio)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=1 NBANom=0
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