Saturday, February 21, 2015

George Washington Book Prize Finalists Announced

I am a big fan of the George Washington Book Prize.  Here is a description of the prize:

In celebration of George Washington’s birthday, Washington College today named four finalists for the 2015 George Washington Book Prize. One of the nation’s largest and most prestigious literary awards, the George Washington Book Prize recognizes the best new books on early American history. The $50,000 award is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and Washington College. Now in its eleventh year, the award recognizes works that not only shed new light on the nation’s founding era, but also have the potential to advance broad public understanding of American history.

As some of you may remember, my Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction was one of three finalists in 2012.

This year's four finalists are:

Richard Dunn, A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia

Nick Bunker, An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America

Eric Nelson: The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding

Francois Furstenberg, When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation

This year's judges were Rosemarie Zagarri, Philip Morgan, and Ted Widmer.

Congratulations to all the finalists!