Awards.

2013 Pulitzer Prizes

The winners in the major fiction and nonfiction categories are highlighted below; the other finalists follow.

Fiction

THE ORPHAN MASTER'S SON

By Adam Johnson In North Korea's recent past, Kim Jong-il rules his Orwellian world with an iron thumb. Jun Do, who grows up in a children's home before being drafted into the army, gains recognition as a tunnel soldier and is sent on increasingly important missions. When he falls out of favor with his superiors, he learns just how difficult it is to survive within the world's most isolated and oppressive government. (**** SELECTION Mar/Apr 2012)

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Finalists

WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ANNE FRANK | NATHAN ENGLANDER (**** May/June 2012)

THE SNOW CHILD | EOWYN IVEY (**** May/June 2012)

History

EMBERS OF WAR

The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam

By Fredrik Logevall

The Vietnam War saw the successive defeat of two of the world's powers--France and the United States--as these nations, one after the other, struggled to quell revolutionary Vietnamese forces. In this monumental history, Logevall explores the three decades of disastrous political, military, and diplomatic choices that led to the downfall of one Western power in Vietnam and the start of a bloody entanglement of another.

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Finalists

THE BARBAROUS YEARS: THE PEOPLING OF BRITISH NORTH AMERICA: THE CONFLICT OF CIVILIZATIONS, 1600-1675 | BERNARD BAILYN

LINCOLN 'S CODE: THE LAWS OF WAR IN AMERICAN HISTORY | JOHN FABIAN WITT

Biography

THE BLACK COUNT

Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

By Tom Reiss

Alexandre Dumas claimed to have found the model for the hero of The Count of Monte Cristo in police archives, but Reiss argues that the novelist's inspiration was the novelist's own father, Thomas-Alexandre ("Alex") Dumas. Born in colonial Haiti in 1762, Dumas's grandpere was the mulatto son of a French nobleman and an African slave...

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