Awarded for an adult non-fiction book on American history or biography copyrighted in 2009 that is distinguished by its scholarship, its literary style and its appeal to a general as well as an academic audience. Last year’s winner of the New-York Historical Society American History Book Prize was Drew Gilpin Faust for This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. Previous winners include Daniel Walker Howe (What God Hath Wrought), David Nasaw (Andrew Carnegie), and Doris Kearns Goodwin (Team of Rivals).
Ron Chernow has won the American History Book Prize, sponsored by the New-York Historical Society, for Washington: A Life
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (Oxford University Press) by Gordon S. Wood has won the American History Book Prize, sponsored by the New-York Historical Society, according to the New York Times. The prize comes with a $50,000 award, an engraved medal and the title of the American Historian Laureate. Wood is a professor emeritus at Brown University.