Pulitzer Prize Awardees for General Nonfiction


Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (2005)

Written by Tony Judt

Tony Judt's Postwar makes one lament the overuse of the word "groundbreaking." It is an unprecedented accomplishment: the first truly European history of contemporary Europe, from Lisbon to Leningrad, based on research in six languages, covering thirty-four countries across sixty years in a single integrated narrative, using a great deal of material from newly available sources.

Tony Judt has drawn on forty years of reading and writing about modern Europe to create a fully rounded, deep account of the continent's recent past. The book integrates international relations, domestic politics, ideas, social change, economic development, and culture—high and low—into a single grand narrative. Every country has its chance to play the lead, and although the big themes are superbly handled—including the cold war, the love/hate relationship with America, cultural and economic malaise and rebirth, and the myth and reality of unification—none of them is allowed to overshadow the rich pageant that is the whole.

Vividly and clearly written for the general reader; witty, opinionated, and full of fresh and surprising stories and asides; visually rich and rewarding, with useful and provocative maps, photos, and cartoons throughout, Postwar is a movable feast for lovers of history and lovers of Europe alike.

A magnificent history of postwar Europe, East and West, by arguably the subject's most esteemed historian. This book is a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. (Copyright © Penguin Books. All rights reserved.)

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Tony Judt is the author of 11 books including Reappraisals: Reflections On The Forgotten Twentieth Century (2008) and Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945 (2005) which was one of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of 2005, the winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, The New York Times and many other journals in Europe and the United States. In 2009 he was awarded The Orwell Prize for Lifetime Achievement.

Born in London in 1948, Judt was educated at Cambridge University and the École Normale Supérieure, Paris. After teaching in Cambridge, Oxford, and UC Berkley he moved to New York Univeristy where he has served as Chair of the History Department, Dean for Humanities, University Professor and Director of the Remarque Institute which he founded in 1995. Professor Judt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Permanent Fellow of the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Vienna).

He died on August 6, 2010, after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.


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