The 2013 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 "Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America," by Gilbert King (Harper), a richly detailed chronicle of racial injustice in the Florida town of Groveland in 1949, involving four black men falsely accused of rape and drawing a civil rights crusader, and eventual Supreme Court justice, into the legal battle.


Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (left), presents the 2013 General Nonfiction prize to Gilbert King.

Finalists

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity," by Katherine Boo (Random House), an engrossing book that plunges the reader into an Indian slum in the shadow of gleaming hotels near Mumbai’s airport, revealing a complex subculture where poverty does not extinguish aspiration; and "The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature," by David George Haskell (Viking), a fascinating book that, for a year, closely follows the natural wonders occurring within a tiny patch of old-growth Tennessee forest.