Cundill Prize in History, at $75,000 said to be the richest prize for historical writing and issued annually "to an individual who has published a book determined to have had a profound literary, social and academic impact in the area of history," has announced its 2014 preliminary list.
Gary Bass – The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide (Knopf)
David Brion Davis – The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation (Knopf)
Andrew O’Shaughnessy – The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire (Yale University Press)
Richard Overy – The Bombing War: Europe 1939-45 (Allen Lane)
David Van Reybrouck – Congo: The Epic History of a People (Fourth Estate)
Geoffrey Wawro – A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire (Basic Books)
Once more, a mix of scholarly and trade imprints, authors, and audiences, it seems, with the jury composition (
This preliminary list will be reduced to 3 finalists, with a winner on November 20. The prize is administered by McGill University and the announcement will be in Toronto this year.