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2015 Pulitzer Winners
Biography or Autobiography — “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe” by David I. Kertzer

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'Target Tokyo' offers a gripping retelling of the Doolittle raid, complete with new detail
James Scott has written the definitive account of the 1942 Doolittle raid on Tokyo.
By Terry Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, APRIL 15, 2015

"... But in Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor, James Scott provides an extraordinarily complete account of the mission and its aftermath. The story is still familiar, of course, but he tells it in a gripping, compulsively readable way that will have great appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in the Second World War. "

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The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. For over 80 years, the distinguished books earning Anisfield-Wolf prizes have opened and challenged our minds.

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Book Party
150 years ago, Lincoln's death brought grief, fear and glee
Review of "Mourning Lincoln" by Martha Hodes

By Carlos Lozada, Washington Post April 1 at 6:00 AM

MOURNING LINCOLN
By Martha Hodes. Yale University Press. 396 pp. $30

"National reactions to great tragedy often seem captured in history-ready scenes. A president with a bullhorn, pledging vengeance in front of the rubble. A 3-year-old standing in salute, watching his slain father’s coffin go by. These images simplify and unify, replacing the mess of conflicting emotions that national traumas invariably produce.

Martha Hodes prefers the mess. The assassination of Abraham Lincoln, 150 years ago this month, has its own sacred texts, with Walt Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” and “O Captain! My Captain!” foremost among them. But Hodes, a historian at New York University, has collected many more. “Mourning Lincoln” draws on letters and...

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2014 Awards

General Nonfiction Winner

David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation (Alfred A. Knopf)

General Nonfiction Finalists

Peter Finn and Petra Couvee, The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book (Pantheon)
Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Henry Holt & Co.)
Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer (Belknap Press/Harvard University Press)
Hector Tobar, Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

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BOOKSHELF -- The Wall Street Journal

When Black Americans Lost Their Moses
Feb. 6, 2015 5:14 p.m. ET
By MICHAEL BURLINGAM

"On April 11, 1865, Abraham Lincoln addressed a crowd gathered outside the
White House. Speaking only days after Robert E. Lee ’s surrender, he not only
discussed the thorny issue of Reconstruction but publicly endorsed black
suffrage for the first time. Upon hearing Lincoln’s words, John Wilkes Booth
turned to a companion and declared: “That means nigger citizenship. Now by
God I’ll put him through!” He added: “That is the last speech he will ever make.”
Thus Lincoln was killed because he dared to speak out for black suffrage,
becoming a martyr to African-American equal rights, an important point that is
widely under appreciated.

In surveying the extraordinary outpouring of grief that followed Lincoln’s
murder, Martha Hodes ’s “Mourning Lincoln” highlights a pair of...

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HARDCOVER NONFICTION - February 22, 2015

#10. THE TEENAGE BRAIN, by Frances E. Jensen with Amy Ellis Nutt. (Harper/HarperCollins.) What neuroscience has learned about brain development in the teenage years, and practical suggestions for parents based on those findings.

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HARDCOVER NONFICTION - February 15, 2015

#17. THE TEENAGE BRAIN, by Frances E. Jensen with Amy Ellis Nutt (Harper)

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Sunday New York Times Book Review, front page

‘Mourning Lincoln’ and ‘Lincoln’s Body’

By JILL LEPORE, FEB. 4, 2015

"Hodes, a professor of history at New York University, offers a darker account. “The Civil War was a revolutionary war, and Lincoln’s assassination complicated its ending,” she argues. Reading thousands of diaries and letters written by ordinary Americans in the days and weeks after Lincoln’s death, she finds little evidence of national unity in the face of tragedy; instead, she finds shock, jubilation, confusion and, above all, disagreement. In Washington, secessionists draped their houses in black crepe, not out of grief over Lincoln’s death, but out of fear. “Hurrah!” one 17-year-old South Carolina girl wrote in her diary. “Old Abe Lincoln has been assassinated!” In Virginia, a 5- or 6-year-old freed boy asked, when he heard the news, “Have I got to go back to massas?”

... Mourning Lincoln” is a close and deeply disturbing study of...

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HARDCOVER NONFICTION - February 08, 2015

#18. ESSAYS AFTER EIGHTY, by Donald Hall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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