2008: Gustav Niebuhr, Beyond Tolerance: Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America
2007: Kate Braestrup, Here If You Need Me
2006: Debby Applegate, The Most Famous Man in America
2005: Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
2004: Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
2003: Elaine Pagels, Beyond Belief
2002: Richard Rodriguez, Brown: The Last Discovery of America
2001: James Carroll, Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews
2000: No award
1999: David Halberstam, The Children
1998: Wei Jingsheng, The Courage to Stand Alone: Letters from Prison and Other Writings
1997: Andrew Young, Jr., An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of America
1996: Robert D. Richardson, Jr., Emerson, The Mind on Fire
1995: Eva Fogelman, Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust
1994: Diana Eck, Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras
1993: Roger Rosenblatt, Life Itself: Abortion in the American Mind
1992: Sissela Bok, Alva Myrdal: A Daughter's Memoir
1991: Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
1990: No award
1989: Taylor Branch, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years
1988: Toni Morrison, Beloved
1987: Robert D. Richardson, Jr., Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind
1986: Edward Harrison, Masks of the Universe
1985: Sherry Turkle, The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit
1984: J. Ronald Engel, Sacred Sands
1983: Jonathan Schell, The Fate of the Earth
1982: Anthony P. Dunbar, Against the Grain
1981: John Boswell, Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality
1980: Frank E. Manuel & Fritzie P. Manuel, Utopian Thought in the Western World
1979: Sissela Bok, Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life
1978: Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars
1977: James Luther Adams, On Being Human Religiously
1976: Joseph Campbell, The Mythic Image
1975: Eugene Genovese, Roll, Jordan, Roll
1974: Robert Jewett, The Captain America Complex
1973: Dorothy Day, On Pilgrimage
1972: William G. McLoughlin, New England Dissent, 1630-1833
1971: Daniel Berrigan, Trial Poems, No Bars to Manhood, and The Trial
1970: Erik Erikson, Gandhi's Truth
1969: Donald B. Cutler (editor), The Religious Situation
1968: Alan Westin, Privacy and Freedom
1967: Peter Gay, The Enlightenment
1966: No award
1965: Rolf Hochhuth, The Deputy
1964: Herbert J. Muller, Religion and Freedom in the Modern World
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