1972 National Book Awards
|Arts and Letters||The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Charles Rosen|
|Biography||Eleanor and Franklin: The Story of Their Relationship, Based on Eleanor Roosevelt's Private Papers, Joseph P. Lash|
|Children's Books||The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine or the Hithering Thithering Djinn, Donald Barthelme|
|Contemporary Affairs||The Last Whole Earth Catalog, Stewart Brand, editor|
|Fiction||The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor, Flannery O'Connor|
|History||Ordeal of the Union, vols. VII and VIII: The Organized War, 1863–1864 and The Organized War to Victory, Allan Nevins|
|Philosophy and Religion||Righteous Empire: The Protestant Experience in America, Martin E. Marty|
|Poetry||Selected Poems, Howard Moss|
|The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara, Frank O'Hara|
|The Sciences||The Blue Whale, George L. Small|
|Translation||Jacques Monod's Chance and Necessity, Austryn Wainhouse|
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