Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master's Son
Finalists: Nathan Englander, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, Eowyn Ivey "Snowy Child"
Fredrik Logevall, Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam
Finalists: Bernard Bailyn, The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675; John Fabian Witt, Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History.
Tom Reiss, The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Montecristo
Finalists: Michael Gorra, “Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece”; David Nasaw, “The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy.”