New-York Historical Society Awards the Annual American History Book Prize to Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy for The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of the Empire
$50,000 Prize and Title of American Historian Laureate to Be Presented at the Weekend with History Gala, Friday, April 11, 2014
New York, NY, March 5, 2014 —Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, announced today that historian Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy will receive New-York Historical’s annual American History Book Prize for The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of the Empire (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013; London: Oneworld Publications, 2013). He will be presented with a $50,000 cash award, an engraved medal and the title of American Historian Laureate on April 11, 2014, during a black-tie dinner celebrating New-York Historical's ninth annual Chairman's Council Weekend with History event.
Pam Schafler, Chair of the New-York Historical Society's Board of Trustees, stated:“The Men Who Lost America, meticulously researched and beautifully written, embodies all the qualities we expect in the winner of the American History Book Prize. By recasting the narrative of the British loss against a background of political rivalry and Parliamentary debate, O’Shaughnessy turns a familiar story into a suspenseful read.”
Stated Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society: “Andrew O'Shaughnessy's book provides fresh perspective and insight into Britain’s stunning defeat, with new research that pushes forward the frontiers of knowledge about the British generals who lost the American revolutionary war.”
Considered a universal favorite of the year by a Prize Committee comprised of historians and New-York Historical leadership, The Men Who Lost America was selected from a field of 142 submissions.
The book tells the story of the British generals who lost the American Revolution while capturing the magnitude of the American achievement in rebelling against the global superpower of the day. The Men Who Lost America establishes that the British leadership was not composed of aristocratic dilettantes and buffoons that the mythology portrays. The British succeeded in capturing every American city at some stage of the Revolutionary War. It was never a war of linear defeats but, rather, closely contended until the very end. Disagreements between Lord North, the Howe brothers, Henry Clinton, Cornwallis and others were ultimately translated into strategies that lost the war for the British and allowed the establishment of a new and independent nation.
“I am thrilled and honored to receive the New-York Historical Society’s American History Book Prize for 2014,” Andrew O’Shaughnessy stated. “This award has become in a few short years one of the most prestigious history book prizes in the nation, and I am deeply grateful and humbled by becoming its recipient.”
Andrew O’Shaughnessy is the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, as well as a Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is also the author of An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean (2000). He is an editor of the Jeffersonian American Series of the University of Virginia Press; a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. O'Shaughnessy is a dual citizen of Britain and the United States. He received his undergraduate degree and doctorate from Oxford University. He lives in Charlottesville, VA.
The American History Book Prize was previously awarded to Doris Kearns Goodwin for Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2006); David Nasaw for Andrew Carnegie (2007); Daniel Walker Howe for What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848 (2008); Drew Gilpin Faust for This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (2009); Gordon S. Wood for Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (2010); Ron Chernow for George Washington: A Life (2011); John Lewis Gaddis for George F. Kennan: An American Life (2012); and Robert Caro for Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power (2013).
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Participants in Weekend With History 2014
(Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, 2014)
AKHIL REED AMAR
Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University
PHILIP C. BOBBITT
Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence, Columbia University
Columnist, The New York Times
Deputy Managing Editor, TIME magazine
Dewitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University
Managing Editor, TIME magazine
Roger Hertog Fellow, New-York Historical Society
JOHN H. MAURER
Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Sea Power and Grand Strategy, Naval War College
60 MINUTES, CBS News Correspondent
George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Princeton University
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