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Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize in American History

The 16th Annual Competition

Purpose: To encourage the general public to read works on American history.

Prize: An engraved medal, patterned after a medal in the New-York Historical Society’s collection, $50,000 cash prize to the author and the title American Historian Laureate. The award will be presented in April 2020 at the Chairman’s Council Weekend with History, an annual gathering of the New-York Historical Society’s most committed supporters.

Eligibility: Awarded for a non-fiction book on American history or biography copyrighted in 2021 that is distinguished by its scholarship, its literary style and its appeal to a general as well as an academic audience.

The winner of this year’s New-York Historical Society American History Book Prize was Benn Steil, The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War. Previous winners include John A. Farrell (Richard Nixon: The Life), Eric Foner (Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad), Jill Lepore (The Secret History of Wonder Woman), Jane Kamensky (A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley), Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy (The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of the Empire), John Lewis Gaddis (George F.Kennan: An American Life), Doris Kearns Goodwin (Team of Rivals), David Nasaw (Andrew Carnegie), Daniel Walker Howe (What God Hath Wrought), Drew Gilpin Faust (Republic of Suffering), Gordon Wood (Empire of Liberty), Ron Chernow (George Washington), and Robert Caro (The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson).

Method of Submission: There is no fee for participation. Publishers may submit as many titles as they wish, but must send five copies of each submission to:

Allison M. Surgeary 
Manager, Center for Women's History and Academic Affairs
New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Submissions must be received by November 1, 2021.

For more information, please contact:
Allison M. Surgeary 
(646) 293-9928 v

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