The 2012 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 Swerve: How the World Became Modern," by Stephen Greenblatt (W.W. Norton and Company), a provocative book arguing that an obscure work of philosophy, discovered nearly 600 years ago, changed the course of history by anticipating the science and sensibilities of today.

Gregory Moore, co-chair of The Pulitzer Prize Board, presents the 2012 General Nonfiction Prize to Alane Mason, Stephen Greenblatt's editor.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "One Hundred Names For Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing," by Diane Ackerman (W.W. Norton and Company), a resilient author’s account of caring for a stricken husband, sharing fears and insights as she explores neurology and ponders the gift of words; and "Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men," by Mara Hvistendahl (Public Affairs), an evocative, deeply researched book probing the causes and effects of a global imbalance in the gender ratio.