* Pulitzer Winners *

Select Pulitzer Prize winners (and finalists) are shown below with publication dates. Pulitzer awards are usually for the following year. Most, but not all, of these books were awarded a Pulitzer in the “Biography or Autobiography” category.

Blue titles indicate Pulitzer Prize WINNERS. Blue italicized titles indicate Pulitzer Prize finalists. This list was updated August 2, 2017.

Custer Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles 2015
Stalin Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 (Vol 1) by Stephen Kotkin 2014
Marx, Karl Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life by Jonathan Sperber 2013
Dumas, Alex The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss 2012
Kennedy, Joseph P The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw 2012
Washington, George Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow 2010 REVIEW (5 stars)
Lincoln, Abraham The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner 2010 REVIEW (not rated)
Vanderbilt, Cornelius The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T. J. Stiles 2009
Wilson, Woodrow Woodrow Wilson: A Biography by John Milton Cooper 2009 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Jackson, Andrew American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham 2008 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Roosevelt, Franklin Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of FDR by H. W. Brands 2008 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Carnegie, Andrew Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw 2006
Newton, Isaac Isaac Newton by James Gleick 2003
Beethoven Beethoven: The Music and the Life by Lewis Lockwood 2002
Adams, John John Adams by David McCullough 2001 REVIEW (4½ stars)
Grant, Ulysses Grant by Jean Edward Smith 2001 REVIEW (4½ stars)
Bach, Johann Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician by Christoph Wolff 2001
Franklin, Benjamin The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by HW Brands 2000
Johnson, Lyndon Master of the Senate (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume III) by Robert Caro 1999
Lindbergh, Charles Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg 1998
Mozart Mozart: A Life by Maynard Solomon 1995
Roosevelt, Franklin No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by Doris Kearns Goodwin 1994 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Genet, Jean Genet: A Biography by Edmund White 1993
Truman, Harry Truman by David McCullough 1992 REVIEW (4½ stars)
Feynman, Richard Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick 1992
Kissinger, Henry Kissinger: A Biography by Walter Isaacson 1992
Roosevelt, Franklin A First Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt 1905-1928 by Geoffrey Ward 1989 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway by Kenneth S. Lynn 1987
Adams, John Quincy The Life and Times of Congressman John Quincy Adams by Leonard L. Richards 1986
Grant, Ulysses Grant: A Biography by William McFeely 1981 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Roosevelt, Theodore Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough 1981 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Peter the Great Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert Massie 1981
Roosevelt, Theodore The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Vol I) by Edmund Morris 1980 REVIEW (4¼ stars)
Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson the President: 2nd Term (Vol 5) by Dumas Malone 1974 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Moses, Robert The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro 1974 Third-party reviews
Roosevelt, Franklin Eleanor & Franklin by Joseph Lash 1971 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom 1940-1945 by James MacGregor Burns 1970 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Twain, Mark Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain by Justin Kaplan 1966
Kennedy, John F A Thousand Days: JFK in the White House by Arthur Schlesinger Jr. 1965 REVIEW (3 stars)
McKinley, William In the Days of McKinley by Margaret Leech 1959 REVIEW (3¼ stars)
Wilson, Woodrow Woodrow Wilson: American Prophet and World Prophet by Arthur Walworth 1958 REVIEW (3 stars)
Washington, George Washington [Harwell’s abridgment] by Douglas Southall Freeman 1957
Lindbergh, Charles The Spirit of St Louis by Charles Lindbergh 1953
Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History by Robert Sherwood 1948 REVIEW (3¼ stars)
Jackson, Andrew The Age of Jackson by Arthur Schlesinger 1945 REVIEW (3¼ stars)
Columbus, Christopher Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus by Samuel Eliot Morison 1942
Lincoln, Abraham Abraham Lincoln: The War Years by Carl Sandburg 1939 REVIEW (3 stars)
Franklin, Benjamin Benjamin Franklin by Carl Van Doren 1938
Jackson, Andrew The Life of Andrew Jackson by Marquis James 1938 REVIEW (3¾ stars)
Lee, Robert E Lee by Richard Harwell 1997
Cleveland, Grover Grover Cleveland: A Study in Courage by Allan Nevins 1932 REVIEW (3½ stars)
Roosevelt, Theodore Theodore Roosevelt: A Biography by Henry Pringle 1931 REVIEW (3 stars)
Houston, Sam The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston by Marquis James 1929

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