"...there was a lack of depth to the reporting on how India's phenomenal growth was affecting daily lives in low-income communities and particularly the lives of ordinary women and children. It took two years of immersion and investigative reporting before I began to sense what the larger story might be," Boo was quoted as telling an interviewer on the award website.
National Book Foundation, a consortium of book publishing groups, gives away the annual awards.
Boo's book beat Anne Applebaum's "Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956", Robert A. Caro's "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4" , Domingo Martinez's "The Boy Kings of Texas" and Anthony Shadid's "House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East".
The National Book Award for Fiction was given to novelist Louise Erdrich's "The Round House".