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Study of the American Experience

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.

About the Prize 

The George Washington Book Prize honors the year’s best new books on early American history, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of American history. Created in 2005, the George Washington Book Prize was presented that year to Ron Chernow for Alexander Hamilton. One of the nation’s largest literary awards, the prestigious $50,000 Prize is sponsored by Washington College, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Each year, a three member jury chooses prize finalists who are announced at Washington College on George Washington’s birthday. A final selection committee reviews the finalists and chooses a winner. The winner is announced at a gala black-tie dinner honoring the finalists at Mount Vernon in May.

Contact Information

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


George Washington Book Prize 
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