5 of the Most Popular Pulitzer Prize Winning Books of All Time

5 of the Most Popular Pulitzer Prize Winning Books of All Time

Pulitzer Prize

Established in 1917, the Pulitzer Prize honours excellence in journalism and the arts.

1. The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) – Donna Tartt

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

2. The Orphan Master’s Son: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) – Adam Johnson

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson is set in modern day North Korea. North Korea epitomizes Orwellian horror. This is a country where you can be condemned for no more reason than that the poster of Kim Jong Il on your wall has a torn corner, where children spy on their parents and starvation is a way of life.

3. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

A moving portrait of the Stephanides family and their immigration to America from Greece, the novel focuses primarily on the character of Calliope Stephanides, whose agonizingly awkward adolescence is both embarrassingly familiar and simultaneously foreign and astonishing. 

4. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

The Road is a work of stunning, savage, heartbreaking beauty. Set in the post-apocalyptic hell of an unending nuclear winter, Cormac McCarthy writes about a nameless man and his young son, wandering through a world gone crazy; bleak, cold, dark, where the snow falls down gray; moving south toward the coast, looking somewhere, anywhere, for life and warmth.

5. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer – Siddhartha Mukherjee

Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee, a medical oncologist, has written a definitive history of cancer. It may be one of the best medical books I have read. Complex but simple in terms of understanding.

5 Non-Fiction Pulitzer Prize Winning Must Read Books

5 Non-Fiction Pulitzer Prize Winning Must Read Books

Pulitzer Prize Winners

The Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction is one of the seven Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded. They have been awarding the prize since 1917, and below we have compiled the best of the non-fiction winners that we believe are a must read for anyone who is interested in politcal science and the current affairs of the world.

These books are about our history, both as humans and as civilizations, as well as charting some of the most serious issues that we have had to deal with as a global society in the previous 50 years.

5 Pulitzer Prize Winning Books To Read Before You Die

1. 1998 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Jared Diamond

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Jared Diamonds book on the history of the worlds civilizations is not an easy read, but for such a vast subject matter, it takes time and a lot of detail to show how the world became the way it is now, and how certain civilizations thrived while others were destroyed by either guns, germs or steel.

2. 1992 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money & Power – Daniel Yergin

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Deemed “the best history of oil ever written” by Business Week, Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been extensively updated to address the current energy crisis.

3. 1978 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence – Carl Sagan

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Carl Sagan really does a great job of going step by step, through the brain, explaining the processes, and giving a clear understanding to the reader of how we can see the evolution of our brains from those of lowly worms, to fish, reptiles, mammals, and eventually us.

4. 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer – Siddhartha Mukherjee

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This is a very interesting study of the history of cancer treatment and research.

5. 2007 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 – Lawrence Wright

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A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center.