Monday, April 7, 2008

History Pulitzer to Howe

"What Hath God Wrought: the Transformation of America, 1815-1848," by Daniel Walker Howe (Oxford University Press) has won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in History. A review by Jill Lepore in the New Yorker is noted here.

Finalists in this category were: "Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power" by Robert Dallek (HarperCollins), and "The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War" by the late David Halberstam (Hyperion).
The Biography prize goes to "Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father," by John Matteson (W.W. Norton).

Finalists in this category were: "The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein" by Martin Duberman (Alfred A. Knopf), and "The Life of Kingsley Amis" by Zachary Leader (Pantheon).
The General Nonfiction prize is for "The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945," by Saul Friedlander (HarperCollins). A New York Times review by Richard J. Evans is noted here.

Finalists in this category were: "The Cigarette Century" by Allan Brandt (Basic Books), and "The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century" by Alex Ross (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
The full list is here.