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Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism 2015
The New York Public Library has announced the 2015 finalists for the Helen Bernstein Book Award For Excellence in Journalism. The books were chosen by a seven-member Library Review Committee, which received over 75 nominations from publishers for books published in 2014. The winner will be chosen by a Selection Committee chaired by James F. Hoge and announced May 26, 2015.
The finalists are:
- The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas (W.W. Norton and Company, New York/London)
- No Good Men Among the Living: America, The Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal (Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, New York)
- The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Holt and Company, New York)
- The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited by Louisa Lim (Oxford University Press, New York)
- Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York)
About the Award
Since 1988 the annual award, which includes a $15,000 cash prize, has been given to journalists whose books have brought clarity and public attention to important issues, events, or policies. Previous winners of the award include Katherine Boo, Ellen E. Schultz, Shane Harris, David Finkel, Jane Mayer, Lawrence Wright. Dan Fagin won in 2014 for his book Toms River—see the press release and video and photos of last year's event.
The Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism was established through a gift from Joseph Frank Bernstein, in honor of journalist Helen Bernstein (now Helen Bernstein Fealy).