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Study of the American Experience

Past Winners

2014
imageWinner:

Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy
The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire (Yale)

For photos of the Mount Vernon Book Prize gala, click here.
For photos of Andrew O’Shaughnessy’s visit to Washington College, click here 

Finalists:

Jeffrey L. Pasley for The First Presidential Contest: 1796 and the Founding of American Democracy (Kansas) and Alan Taylor for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (W.W. Norton & Co.)

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)