Summer Reading @ the SAU Library ~ Non-fiction

What I like about non-fiction is that it covers such a huge territory. The best non-fiction is also creative.
~Tracy Kidder

Take some time this summer to read some fantastic Pulitzer Prize winning non-fiction titles. Available at your local library.

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon (Doubleday) Pulitzer winner,  2009

The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul Friedländer (HarperCollins)  Pulitzer winner,  2008

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright (Alfred A. Knopf)   Pulitzer winner,  2007

SAU call number:  HV6432.7 .W75 2006

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins (Henry Holt)  Pulitzer winner,  2006

SAU call number:  DT433.577 .E45 2005

Ghost Wars by Steve Coll (The Penguin Press)  Pulitzer winner,   2005

Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum (Doubleday)   Pulitzer winner,  2004

SAU call number:  HV8964.S65 A67 2003

“A Problem From Hell:” America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power (Basic Books)  Pulitzer winner,  2003

Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter (Simon & Schuster)   Pulitzer winner,  2002

SAU call number:  F334.B69 N449 2001

Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix (HarperCollins)  Pulitzer winner,  2001

SAU call number:  DS889.8 .B59 2000

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower (W.W. Norton & Company/The New Press)  Pulitzer winner,  2000

Annals of the Former World by John McPhee (Farrar)  Pulitzer winner,   1999

SAU call number:QE77 .M38 1998

Look for future posts on suggested Pulitzer Prize winning titles in history.


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2 Responses to Summer Reading @ the SAU Library ~ Non-fiction

  1. Dave Vietti says:

    What an odd and depressing collection of recommendations for summer non-fiction reading-war-slavery, imprisonment. We live in a time when the average person in the U.S. and developed countries has the best way of life ever!! It is not based on slavery, but on the advances of science and engineering and the free enterprise system. Human potential is limited only by imagination. Please expand your view and get past the silly 1960’s notions of the evils of the western world. There are wonderful and fantastic things happening. Try looking for them.

  2. libstaff says:

    Thanks for your comment, Dave. The theme for our summer reading suggestions this year is Pulitzer Prize Winners. This is a list of the winning titles in non-fiction for the last ten years. Please feel free to use the comments field to make reading suggestions of your own. I’d love to know what you’re reading and what you think about it. Again, thanks for the feedback.

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