History Pulitzers, where are they now?


Looking for books to put on my ad hoc list of top history books, for giving or getting, I took at look at the list of Pulitzer Prize winners in the history category, a list of books that dates back to 1917. (You may make nominations for the list here — please do!) Prizes for the past dozen or so years are all books I liked and have found useful. Some of the books, like Acheson’s winner from 1970, grew to be classics in some circles. But I was struck by how many of the books seem to have sunk from view.

Where are they now?

Here’s the Pulitzer website for the prize itself, where you can find lists for all the prizes; I reproduce the complete list of winners in history, below the fold.

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1917 With Americans of Past and Present Days by His Excellency J.J. Jusserand, Ambassador of France to the United States (Scribner)
1918 A History of the Civil War, 1861-1865 by James Ford Rhodes (Macmillan)
1919 (No Award)
1920 The War with Mexico, 2 vols. by Justin H. Smith (Macmillan)
1921 The Victory at Sea by William Sowden Sims in collaboration with Burton J. Hendrick (Doubleday)
1922 The Founding of New England by James Truslow Adams (Little)
1923 The Supreme Court in United States History by Charles Warren (Little)
1924 The American Revolution — A Constitutional Interpretation by Charles Howard McIlwain (Macmillan)
1925 History of the American Frontier by Frederic L. Paxson (Houghton)
1926 A History of the United States by Edward Channing (Macmillan)
1927 Pinckney’s Treaty by Samuel Flagg Bemis (Johns Hopkins)
1928 Main Currents in American Thought, 2 vols. by Vernon Louis Parrington (Harcourt)
1929 The Organization and Administration of the Union Army, 1861-1865 by Fred Albert Shannon (A.H. Clark)
1930 The War of Independence by Claude H. Van Tyne (Houghton)
1931 The Coming of the War 1914 by Bernadotte E. Schmitt (Scribner)
1932 My Experiences in the World War by John J. Pershing (Stokes)
1933 The Significance of Sections in American History by Frederick J. Turner (Holt)
1934 The People’s Choice by Herbert Agar (Houghton)
1935 The Colonial Period of American History by Charles McLean Andrews (Yale Univ. Press)
1936 A Constitutional History of the United States by Andrew C. McLaughlin (Appleton)
1937 The Flowering of New England 1815-1865 by Van Wyck Brooks (Dutton)
1938 The Road to Reunion, 1865-1900 by Paul Herman Buck (Little)
1939 A History of American Magazines by Frank Luther Mott (Harvard Univ. Press)
1940 Abraham Lincoln: The War Years by Carl Sandburg (Harcourt)
1941 The Atlantic Migration, 1607-1860 by Marcus Lee Hansen (Harvard Univ. Press)
1942 Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865 by Margaret Leech (Harper)
1943 Paul Revere and the World He Lived In by Esther Forbes (Houghton)
1944 The Growth of American Thought by Merle Curti (Harper)
1945 Unfinished Business by Stephen Bonsal (Doubleday)
1946 The Age of Jackson by Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr. (Little)
1947 Scientists Against Time by James Phinney Baxter 3rd (Little)
1948 Across the Wide Missouri by Bernard Devoto (Houghton)
1949 The Disruption of American Democracy by Roy Franklin Nichols (Macmillan)
1950 Art and Life in America by Oliver W. Larkin (Rinehart)
1951 The Old Northwest, Pioneer Period 1815-1840 by R. Carlyle Buley (Towers, Inc.)
1952 The Uprooted by Oscar Handlin (Little)
1953 The Era of Good Feelings by George Dangerfield (Harcourt)
1954 A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton (Doubleday)
1955 Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History by Paul Horgan (Rinehart)
1956 The Age of Reform by Richard Hofstadter (Knopf)
1957 Russia Leaves the War: Soviet-American Relations, 1917-192O by George F. Kennan (Princeton Univ. Press)
1958 Banks and Politics in America by Bray Hammond (Princeton Univ. Press)
1959 The Republican Era: l869-1901 by Leonard D. White, with the assistance of Miss Jean Schneider (Macmillan)
1960 In the Days of McKinley by Margaret Leech (Harper)
1961 Between War and Peace: The Potsdam Conference by Herbert Feis (Princeton Univ. Press)
1962 The Triumphant Empire: Thunder-Clouds Gather in the West 1763-1766 by Lawrence H. Gipson (Knopf)
1963 Washington, Village and Capital, 1800-1878 by Constance McLaughlin Green (Princeton Univ. Press)
1964 Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town by Sumner Chilton Powell (Wesleyan Univ. Press)
1965 The Greenback Era by Irwin Unger (Princeton Univ. Press)
1966 The Life of the Mind in America by the late Perry Miller (Harcourt)
1967 Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West by William H. Goetzmann (Knopf)
1968 The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn (Harvard Univ. Press)
1969 Origins of the Fifth Amendment by Leonard W. Levy (Oxford Univ. Press)
1970 Present At The Creation: My Years In The State Department by Dean Acheson (Norton)
1971 Roosevelt: The Soldier Of Freedom by James MacGregor Burns (Harcourt)
1972 Neither Black Nor White by Carl N. Degler (Macmillan)
1973 People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization by Michael Kammen (Knopf)
1974 The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin (Random)
1975 Jefferson and His Time, Vols. I-V by Dumas Malone (Little)
1976 Lamy of Santa Fe by Paul Horgan (Farrar)
1977 The Impending Crisis, 1841-1867 by David M. Potter (Harper), a posthumous publication. Manuscript finished by Don E. Fehrenbacher
1978 The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business by Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. (Harvard Univ. Press)
1979 The Dred Scott Case by Don E. Fehrenbacher (Oxford Univ. Press)
1980 Been in the Storm So Long by Leon F. Litwack (Knopf)
1981 American Education: The National Experience, 1783-1876 by Lawrence A. Cremin (Harper & Row)
1982 Mary Chesnut’s Civil War (Yale U. Press) by edited by C. Vann Woodward
1983 The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790 by Rhys L. Isaac (U. North Carolina Press)
1984 (No Award)
1985 Prophets of Regulation by Thomas K. McCraw (Belknap/Harvard)
1986 …the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age by Walter A. McDougall (Basic Books)
1987 Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution by Bernard Bailyn (Alfred A. Knopf)
1988 The Launching of Modern American Science 1846-1876 by Robert V. Bruce (Alfred A. Knopf)
1989 Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson (Oxford University Press)
1989 Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963 by Taylor Branch (Simon and Schuster)
1990 In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines by Stanley Karnow (Random House)
1991 A Midwife’s Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Alfred A. Knopf)
1992 The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties by Mark E. Neely, Jr. (Oxford University Press)
1993 The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood (Alfred A. Knopf)
1994 (No Award)
1995 No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)
1996 William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic by Alan Taylor (Alfred A. Knopf)
1997 Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution by Jack N. Rakove (Alfred A. Knopf)
1998 Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion by Edward J. Larson (BasicBooks)
1999 Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace (Oxford University Press)
2000 Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy (Oxford University Press
2001 Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis (Alfred A. Knopf)
2002 The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2003 An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson (Henry Holt and Company)
2004 A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
2005 Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer (Oxford University Press)
2006 Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky (Oxford University Press)

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