The inaugural Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History was awarded on March 17, 2014, at a ceremony in New York City. The prize is the sum of $50,000.
The intent of the prize is to draw public attention to military history not only as an important staple of education in the areas of international relations, diplomacy, and conflict studies, but also as a subject in which any educated citizen should be interested. The study of steps to war, the conduct of military campaigns, and diplomatic responses to war can play an essential role in the quest for a more peaceable future.
The winner of the 2013 Prize was Allen C. Guelzo, for Gettysburg: The Last Invasion.
The shortlist for the 2013 Prize:
- The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (The Liberation Trilogy) by Rick Atkinson (Henry Holt & Co.)
- Gettysburg: The Last Invasion by Allen C. Guelzo (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Britain Against Napoleon: The Organization of Victory, 1793-1815 by Roger Knight (Allen Lane/Penguin Books)
- Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War by Peter R. Mansoor (Yale University Press)
- The Men Who Lost America by Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy (Yale University Press)
- The Bombing War: Europe, 1939-1945 by Richard Overy (Allen Lane/Penguin Books)
The 2014 Judging Committee will be
- Andrew Roberts, Ph.D., historian and journalist (Chair)
- Charles F. Brower IV, Ph.D., Brigadier General, USA, Retd; Henry King Burgwyn Professor of Military History, Virginia Military Institute
- Josiah Bunting III, President of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation; Recording Secretary to the Committee
- Flora Fraser, author; Chair of the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography; founder of the Elizabeth Longford Grants for Historical Biography
- W. Patrick Lang, former head of Middle East, South Asian, and Counter-Terrorist affairs in the Defense Intelligence Agency
- Ralph Peters, Lt. Col., USA Retd; author; television news strategic analyst
- Sir Hew Strachan, Ph.D., Chichele Professor in the History of War, All Souls, Oxford University
To be eligible for the 2014 prize, a book must be published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. The submission deadline is November 1, 2014.
Publishers must submit 8 copies of each book for consideration, accompanied by an entry fee of $50 (or 30 British pounds) and a completed submission form, which can be downloaded here:
The books, along with the submission form, should be shipped to:
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
25 W. 53rd St.
New York, NY 10019
- Eligible books may be written by no more than two authors.
- Books may be published anywhere in the world but must have been written originally in English.
- Submissions must come from the book's publisher. Authors may not directly submit their books for consideration.
- Self-published books and children's books are not eligible for the prize.
- If no submitted book is deemed worthy of the prize by the judges, no prize will be awarded.
- The winner of the prize must be available for media interviews in the days after the New York ceremony.
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For UK public relations queries:
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