2016 NBA Longlists: Nonfiction

NBA Nonfiction List CropAll through this week the National Book Foundation is announcing the Longlists for the 2016 National Book Awards in Poetry, Nonfiction, Fiction, and Young People’s Literature.  Today the long list for the National Book Award for Nonfiction was revealed.  Five finalists will be chosen from this list in October, with the winner to be announced in November.  See the Longlist for Young People’s Literature here and Poetry here. Tomorrow, the Longlist for Fiction will be announced.

The 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction Longlist:

Andrew J. Bacevich, America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History (Random House / Penguin Random House)

 

 

 

Patricia Bell-Scott, The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice (Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House)

 

 

Adam Cohen, Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck (Penguin Press / Penguin Random House)

 

 

 

Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press)

 

 

 

Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books)

 

 

 

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (Harvard University Press)

 

 

 

Cathy O’Neil, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (Crown / Penguin Random House)

 

 

 

Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

 

 

 

Manisha Sinha, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press)

 

 

 

Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Pantheon / Penguin Random House

 

 

 

Some detaila about the selections from the National Book Foundation’s announcement:

“Two titles that appear on the Longlist explore specific instances of American injustice: Adam Cohen’s Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck and Heather Ann Thompson’s Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.

“Two titles call for Americans to rethink and re-examine ideas about war: Andrew J. Bacevich’s America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History is a reassessment of US military policy in the Middle East over the past four decades, and Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War is a kaleidoscopic look at how the Vietnam War is remembered around the world. Nguyen also notably won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for his debut novel, The Sympathizer.

“Three titles explore the legacy of slavery and racism in America: Andrés Reséndez’s The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas In America, and Manisha Sinha’s The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition.

“In The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt and the Struggle for Social Justice, Patricia Bell-Scott draws on letters, journals, and interviews to contextualize Eleanor Roosevelt’s decades-long friendship with an African-American intellectual revolutionary.

“Addressing some of the most pressing issues in America today—partisan politics and equality—are Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right and Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. Hochschild travels to the Louisiana bayou—a stronghold of the conservative right—to explore how the world looks from that perspective, and O’Neil analyzes algorithms, tests, and mathematical models intended to increase fairness, only to find they further obscure our humanity and compassion.”