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Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Pulitzer Prize 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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2012 Pulitzer Prize 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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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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2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winners and Finalists
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow Winner!
194 reviews (2010) (904p) (PP Bio) (ALA Non)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=2 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century by Alan Brinkley
17 reviews (2010) (560p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon by Michael O'Brien
17 reviews (2010) (384p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=2 PPNom=2 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winners and Finalists
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T. J. Stiles Winner!
97 reviews (2009) (736p) (PP Bio) (NBA Non)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=1
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John Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey
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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Woodrow Wilson: A Biography by John Milton Cooper
29 reviews (2009) (720p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winners and Finalists
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham Winner!
229 reviews (2008) (512p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by H. W. Brands
62 reviews (2008) (896p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=2 PPNom=2 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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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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2008 Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winners and Finalists
Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson Winner!
21 reviews (2007) (528p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein by Martin Duberman
4 reviews (2007) (736p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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The Life of Kingsley Amis by Zachary Leader
6 reviews (2007) (1008p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winners and Finalists
The Most Famous Man in Amerca: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate Winner!
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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John Wilkes: The Scandalous Father of Civil Liberty by Arthur H. Cash
8 reviews (2007) (544p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw
43 reviews (2007) (896p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2006 Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winners and Finalists
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird Winner!
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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The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
975 reviews (2005) (240p) (NBCCA Autobio) (PP Bio) (NBA Non) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non) (Amazon 05 C50) (Amazon 05 E50) (Amazon 05 CBio)
Author: TotNom=4 UnqBooks=2 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=2 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=1
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The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism by Megan Marshall
26 reviews (2005) (624p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2005 Pulitzer Prize 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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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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Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of The Birds of America by William Souder
5 reviews (2004) (384p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2004 Pulitzer Prize 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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Isaac Newton by James Gleick
100 reviews (2003) (288p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=2 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=1 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Arshile Gorky: His Life and Work by Hayden Herrera
6 reviews (2003) (112p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2003 Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winners and Finalists
Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro Winner!
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 Fly Swatter by Nicholas Dawidoff
4 reviews (2002) (368p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Beethoven: The Music and the Life by Lewis Lockwood
13 reviews (2002) (604p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2002 Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winners and Finalists
John Adams by David McCullough Winner!
1508 reviews (2001) (736p) (PP Bio) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non) (Amazon Dec EBio) (ALA Non) (Amazon Dec CBio) (Amazon Dec C50) (Amazon 01 C50) (Amazon 01 E50)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood by Jimmy Carter
74 reviews (2001) (0p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Grant by Jean Edward Smith
92 reviews (2001) (781p) (PP Bio) (ALA Non)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2001 Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winners and Finalists
W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 by David Levering Lewis Winner!
10 reviews (2000) (608p) (PP Bio) (NBA Non)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=1
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The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by H. W. Brands
154 reviews (2000) (768p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=2 UnqBooks=2 PPNom=2 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician by Christoph Wolff
32 reviews (2000) (624p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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2000 Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winners and Finalists
Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) by Stacy Schiff Winner!
24 reviews (1999) (480p) (PP Bio) (ALA Non)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=1 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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Clear Springs: A Memoir by Bobbie Ann Mason
19 reviews (1999) (296p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=5 UnqBooks=3 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=2 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=1
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Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel
254 reviews (1999) (296p) (PP Bio)
Author: TotNom=1 UnqBooks=1 PPNom=1 PPWin=0 NBCCANom=0 NBCCAWin=0 NBANom=0
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