Pulitzer Prizes

Fiction

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The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s acclaimed debut novel, explores the legacy of the Vietnam war through the eyes of a communist sleeper agent living in America after the end of the war. A gripping spy novel and a moving story of love and friendship, it is the recipient of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

History

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Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America

This year’s history winner, Custer’s Trials by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner T.J. Stiles, is a book that radically changes our understanding of General George Armstrong Custer and his turbulent times. At once deeply personal and sweeping in scope, this new account reveals Custer to be a volatile and contradictory man, a man who helped to create modern America, but could not adapt to it.

Biography

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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession takes this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. To outsiders, surfing might seem like just another sport. To initiates, it is a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Finnegan takes readers deep inside this little-known world -- doing for surfing what Hemingway did for bullfighting.

Poetry

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Ozone Journal

The winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Peter Balakian’s Ozone Journal taps the author’s own experiences excavating the bones of Armenian genocide victims in the Syrian desert to create a montage of lived experience with the heft of history. With dynamic, sensual language Balakian gives voice to atrocity and trauma, but also the resilience of love.

General Nonfiction

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Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS

Joby Warrick’s Black Flags takes this year’s prize for General Nonfiction. With thrilling you-are-there immediacy, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter creates a revealing portrait of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, the founding father of the organization that would become the Islamic State, and he identifies the strategic mistakes by Presidents Bush and Obama that led to the rise of ISIS.

Drama

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Hamilton: The Revolution

Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton takes this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama. As revolutionary as its subject -- the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States – the musical fuses hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater into an unforgettable experience that reinvigorates the story our founding fathers for a new generation.