The True American; Murder and Mercy in Texas was one of five finalists selected by an seven-member Library Review Committee, which received and read over 70 nominations from publishers. The winner was chosen by a separate Bernstein Selection Committee, chaired by Jim Hoge, an accomplished journalist and former editor of Foreign Affairs.
The other finalists were:
Read guest speaker Bill Moyer's speech.
Listen to the finalists talk about their work.
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 photo gallery 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).