The Washington Institute for Near East Policy has announced the winners for its annual book prize. Steven A. Cook, the Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, has been awarded the gold medal and $30,000 in the competition for his book, “The Struggle for Egypt.” 

Hirsh Goodman was awarded the silver medal and $15,000 for “The Anatomy of Israel’s Survival” and Christopher de Bellaiguet’s “Patriot of Persia” won third place and $5,000.

The award, given annually to three new books that have illuminated the Middle East for American readers, is supported by Washington Institute Trustees Shelly and Michael Kassen.

The 2012 jury committee included Michele Dunne, director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council; Robert J. Lieber, professor of government and International Affairs at Georgetown University; and David E. Sanger, chief Washington correspondent of the New York Times.