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Washington Book Prize

The George Washington Book Prize recognizes the year’s best books on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of American history.

Washington College Announces Finalists for the 2014   George Washington Book Prize

 

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  • 2014 George Washington Book Prize Finalist
    2014 George Washington Book Prize Finalist
  • Jeffrey L. Pasley, 2014 George Washington Book Prize Finalist
    Jeffrey L. Pasley, 2014 George Washington Book Prize Finalist
  • Alan Taylor, 2014 George Washington Book Prize Finalist
    Alan Taylor, 2014 George Washington Book Prize Finalist
  • 2014 George Washington Book Prize Finalist
    2014 George Washington Book Prize Finalist
  • Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, 2014 George Washington Book Prize Finalist
    Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, 2014 George Washington Book Prize Finalist
  • 2014 George Washington Book Prize Finalist
    2014 George Washington Book Prize Finalist
Full press release here.


Washington College is pleased to announce the three finalists for one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious literary awards, the George Washington Book Prize. Now in its tenth year, the $50,000 George Washington Book Prize honors its namesake by recognizing the year’s best new books on early American history.

The finalists are:

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

Jeffrey L. Pasley for The First Presidential Contest: 1796 and the Founding of American Democracy (Kansas)

Alan Taylor for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (W.W. Norton & Co.)

The 2014 George Washington Book Prize finalists tackle fresh and engaging topics about the nation’s founding era. In The Men Who Lost America, O’Shaughnessy explores the British perspective on the American Revolution.  Pasley examines the lively politics surrounding the first contested presidential election in The First Presidential Contest. Rounding out the slate of honorees, Alan Taylor offers new insights into race and slavery in the early Chesapeake in The Internal Enemy. The honored books can be purchased through the Washington College Bookstore.

A jury of three distinguished historians, chaired by Gordon S. Wood and joined by Joyce Appleby and Annette Gordon-Reed, selected the finalists from among forty books published in the past year.  Washington College, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon co-sponsor the award which is designed to recognize new works with the potential to inspire greater public understanding of American history. The winner will be announced May 20 at Mount Vernon. More information about the 2014 finalists can be found here.

To download high-resolution images of the book covers and authors, please visit: http://washcoll.edu/news/GWBookPrizeImages2014.zip

About the Prize 

imageCreated in 2005, the George Washington Book Prize was presented that year to Ron Chernow for Alexander Hamilton. Other winners are Stacy Schiff (2006) for A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, Charles Rappleye (2007) for Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution, Marcus Rediker (2008) for The Slave Ship: A Human History,  Annette Gordon-Reed (2009) for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which also won the Pulitzer Prize for History, the National Book Award and the Frederick Douglass Prize, and Richard Beeman (2010) for Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution. In 2011, the Prize was awarded to Pauline Maier for Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1789 and in 2012 the winner was Maya Jasanoff for Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World. The 2013 Prize was awarded to Stephen Brumwell for George Washington: Gentleman Warrior. The George Washington Book Prize recognizes the year’s best books on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of American history.

Contact Information

Jean Wortman, George Washington Book Prize Coordinator 
E-mail: jwortman2@washcoll.edu
Telephone: (410) 810-7165
Fax: (410) 810-7175

Submissions should be sent to: 
George Washington Book Prize 
101 South Water Street
Chestertown, MD 21620