For a distinguished biography or autobiography by an American author, Seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500).
Awarded to W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 by David Levering Lewis (Henry Holt and Company)
Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin" by H.W. Brands (Doubleday), and "Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician" by Christoph Wolff (W.W. Norton & Company).