Honor roll: National Book Award for History and Biography

Each of these books has been nominated for a National Book Award for History and Biography. They are ranked by honors received.

Book:Roosevelt

Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom, 1940-1945

James MacGregor Burns

This award-winning companion volume to Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox concludes the first and most acclaimed complete biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Undoubtedly the most comprehensive study of one of America’s most acclaimed presidents, this classic biography is unparalleled in its depth, accuracy, and accomplishment.

Book:Huey Long

Huey Long

T. Harry Williams

First, you have to understand that this is not only an important book, but an enjoyable one, fascinating and beautifully written.

Second, let’s put Huey in perspective. He was a kind of a white Jesse Jackson. He called up strong emotions. No one was neutral about him.

Finally, he was one of the most extraordinary figures in American political history. He was a great politician. He played the part of a redneck, but at his death was nearly FDR’s equal in influence.

“Captures the essential quality of Huey Long; the gut politician, the man who intuitively sensed and answered the unarticulated needs of his time.” (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)

Book:The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823

The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823

David Brion Davis

David Brion Davis’s books on the history of slavery reflect some of the most distinguished and influential thinking on the subject to appear in the past generation. The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, the sequel to Davis’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture and the second volume of a proposed trilogy, is a truly monumental work of historical scholarship that first appeared in 1975 to critical acclaim both academic and literary. This reprint of that important work includes a new preface by the author, in which he situates the book’s argument within the historiographic debates of the last two decades.

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