Annal: 1994 Pulitzer Prize for History

Results of the Pulitzer Prize in the year 1994.

Book:Case Closed

Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK

Gerald Posner

The assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, continues to inspire interest ranging from well-meaning speculation to bizarre conspiracy theories and controversial filmmaking. But in this landmark book, reissued with a new afterword for the 40th anniversary of the assassination, Gerald Posner examines all of the available evidence and reaches the only possible conclusion: Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. There was no second gunman on the grassy knoll. The CIA was not involved. And although more than four million pages of documents have been released since Posner first made his case, they have served only to corroborate his findings. Case Closed remains the classic account against which all books about JFK’s death must be measured.

Book:Crime and Punishment in American History

Crime and Punishment in American History

Lawrence M. Friedman

In a panoramic history of our criminal justice system from colonial times to today, one of our foremost legal thinkers shows how America fashioned a system of crime and punishment in its own image.

Book:William Faulkner and Southern History

William Faulkner and Southern History

Joel Williamson

One of America’s greatest novelists, William Faulkner was a writer deeply rooted in the American South. In works such as The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, and Absalom, Absalom!, Faulkner drew powerfully on Southern themes, attitudes, and atmosphere to create his own world and place—the mythical Yoknapatawpha County—peopled with quintessential Southerners such as the Compsons and Sartorises. Indeed, to a degree perhaps unmatched by any other major twentieth-century novelist, Faulkner remained at home and explored his own region: the history and culture and people of the South. Now, in William Faulkner and Southern History, one of America’s most acclaimed historians of the South, Joel Williamson, weaves together a perceptive biography of Faulkner, an astute analysis of his works, and a revealing history of Faulkner’s ancestors in Mississippi. It is a family history that becomes, in Williamson’s skilled hands, a vivid portrait of Southern culture…[more]

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