2013 National Book Awards Longlist for Nonfiction
George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq, which received several prizes and was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by The New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of Blood of theLiberals, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and The Village of Waiting. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Alan Taylor is the author of a number of books about Colonial America, the American Revolution, and the Early American Republic. In 1996 he won the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the Beveridge Award for William Cooper's Town. Taylor is the Thomas Jefferson Professor of History at the University of Virginia.
Terry Teachout, author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, is the drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, the critic-at-large of Commentary, a blogger at About Last Night, and a contributor to many other magazines and newspapers. Teachout served as a National Book Award Judge in 2003 and lives in New York City.
Lawrence Wright was a National Book Award Finalist in 2008 for The Looming Tower:Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and the author of six previous books of nonfiction. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Publishers submitted a total of 517 books for the 2013 National Book Award in Nonfiction. Five distinguished Judges were given the charge of selecting what they deem to be the best books of the year. Their decisions are made independently of the National Book Foundation staff and Board of Directors; deliberations are strictly confidential. To be eligible for a 2013 National Book Award, a book must have been written by a US citizen and published in the United States between December 1, 2012 and November 30, 2013.
2013 Judges for the Longlist in Nonfiction: