Who we wrote for (Nonfiction edition)

We asked authors longlisted for the National Book Award for nonfiction who they were writing for. Below are some highlights from their responses, and you can see their full responses here: http://j.mp/writeNF16
  1. For Americans.
    - Andrew J. Bacevich, author of AMERICA'S WAR FOR THE GREATER MIDDLE EAST: A MILLITARY HISTORY
  2. I wrote "Imbeciles" for all of us, because justice is everyone's concern.
    - Adam Cohen, author of IMBECILES: THE SUPREME COURT, ANERICAN EUGENICS, AND THE STERILIZATION OF CARRIE BUCK
  3. For the lives they said didn't matter.
    - Ibram X. Kendi, author of STAMPED FROM THR BEGINNING: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF RACIST IDEAS IN AMERICA
  4. I wrote this book for people who are haunted by war, or who want to understand why we keep going to war.
    - Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of NOTHING EVER DIES: VIETNAM AND THE MEMORY OF WAR
  5. I wrote the book for the average American citizen.
    Manisha Sinha, author of THE SLAVE'S CAUSE: A HISTORY OF ABOLITION