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Study of the American Experience

Past Winners

 2013
imageWinner:

Stephen Brumwell, 
George Washington: Gentleman Warrior
(Quercus)

For photos of the Mount Vernon Book Prize gala, click here.
For photos of Stephen Brumwell’s visit to Washington College, click here

 
Finalists:

Eliga H. Gould for Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire (Harvard)
Cynthia A. Kierner for Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times (UNC)
Brian Steele for Thomas Jefferson and American Nationhood (Cambridge)

 

2012

imageWinner:

Maya Jasanoff, 
Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World (Knopf
)

For photos of the Mount Vernon Book Prize gala, click here.
For photos of Maya Jasanoff’s visit to Washington College, click here.

 
Finalists:

John Fea for Was America Founded As A Christian Nation? A Historical Introduction (Westminster John Knox Press)
Benjamin H. Irvin for Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors (Oxford)

 
2011
imageWinner:

Pauline Maier, 
Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1789 (
Simon & Schuster)

For photos of the Mount Vernon Book Prize gala, click here.For photos of Pauline Maier’s visit to Washington College, click here.

 
Finalists:

Jack Rakove for Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Alan Taylor for The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies (Knopf)

 

2010

imageWinner:

Richard Beeman, 
Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution (
Random House)

For photos of the Mount Vernon Book Prize gala, click here.
For photos of Richard Beeman’s visit to Washington College, click here.

Finalists:

R.B. Bernstein for The Founding Fathers Reconsidered (Oxford)
Edith B. Gelles for Abigail & John: Portrait of a Marriage (HarperCollins)

 

2009

imageWinner:

Annette Gordon-Reed, 
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
(
Norton)

For photos of the Mount Vernon Book Prize gala, click here.
For photos of Annete Gordon-Reed’s visit to Washington College, click here.


Finalists:

Kevin J. Hayes for The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson (Oxford)
Jane Kamensky for The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation 
and America’s First Banking Collapse
 (Viking)

 

2008

imageWinner:

Marcus Rediker, The Slave Ship: A Human History (Viking)

For photos of the Mount Vernon Book Prize gala, click here. 
Photos of the 2008 Book Prize Celebration at Washington College, click here
A Conversation with Marcus Rediker


Finalists:

Woody Holton, Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution (Hill & Wang) 
Jon Latimer, 1812: War With America (Belknap/Harvard)

 

2007
imageWinner:

Charles Rappleye, Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution (Simon & Schuster). 

For photos of the 2007 Book Prize Ceremony, click here. Photos of the 2007 Book Prize Celebration at Washington College, click here.

 
Finalists:

Francois Furstenberg, In the Name of the Father (Penguin)
Catherine Allgor, A Perfect Union (Henry Holt)


2006
image
Winner:

Stacy Schiff, A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (Henry Holt)

For photos of Stacy Schiff’s Washington College visit, click here.

 
 
Finalists:

Edward Lengel, General George Washington: A Military Life (Random House)
Stanley Weintraub, America’s Battle for Freedom, Britain’s Quagmire: 1775-1783 (Free Press)


2005 – Inaugural Year
imageWinner:

Ron Chernow, 
Alexander Hamilton (Penguin Press) 

Listen to audio clips of an interview with Ron Chernow below:
Importance of Words 
Next Book: George Washington 
Writing Techniques 


Finalists: 

Rhys Isaac, Landon Carter’s Uneasy Kingdom (Oxford University Press)
Gordon Wood, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (Penguin)