These 10 nonfiction books are contending for the National Book Award

Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen is among 10 authors longlisted for the National Book Award in nonfiction.
(Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)

On Wednesday, the National Book Foundation announced the 10-title longlist for the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction. The list will be narrowed to five finalists in October, and the prizes will be awarded Nov. 16 at a gala in New York.

The longlists for young people’s literature and poetry have already been announced; the longlist for fiction will be announced Thursday.

2016 Longlist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction:

Andrew J. Bacevich, “America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History” (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” (Knopf)

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

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)

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)

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