The 2010 Pulitzer Prize Winners

General Nonfiction

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For a distinguished and appropriately documented book of nonfiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to “The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy,” by David E. Hoffman (Doubleday), a well documented narrative that examines the terrifying doomsday competition between two superpowers and how weapons of mass destruction still imperil humankind.

David E. Hoffman

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (left), presents the 2010 General Nonfiction prize to David E. Hoffman.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: “How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities,” by John Cassidy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a work that probes the complexity of the Great Recession, using solid research and precise documentation to reveal not only a gripping human drama but also a tense clash of ideas; and “The Evolution of God,” by Robert Wright (Little, Brown and Company), a sweeping look at the origins and development of religious belief throughout human history.