Friday, November 14, 2014

Cundill History prize shorterlist

The $75,000 Cundill Prize, now down to three nominees, will be announced on November 20. Still standing, should you want a lot of reading in the next week:

·         Gary Bass The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide (Knopf)
A horrifying story of the Pakistani state’s genocidal war on the people of Bangladesh – and America’s sad record of complicity.
·         Richard Overy – The Bombing War: Europe 1939-45* (Allen Lane)
An extraordinary survey of aerial warfare in every theater of World War II.
·         David Van Reybrouck – Congo: The Epic History of a People (ECCO)
An intensely personal examination of the self-destruction of the Congolese state.

From the Cundill press release:
The winner of the 2013 Cundill Prize was Anne Applebaum for Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956. On winning the prize, Applebaum said: “It’s wonderful that this prize is not just for ‘non-fiction’ but for well-written, deeply researched history, which is one of the most difficult and time-consuming literary forms that exists. It's also wonderful that the award is generous enough to be of real help to the historians who win it. I am enormously honored to have been last year’s laureate." 
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