The British are coming!
Stephen Brumwell has won the $50,000 George Washington Book Prize for his biography of the first president, George Washington: Gentleman Warrior (Quercus).
A historian who was born in Portsmouth, England, and now lives in Amsterdam, Brumwell received the award at a ceremony last night at Mount Vernon.
The jurors’ citation said, “In the hands of this fine biographer, Washington emerges as a flesh and blood man, more impressive than the mythical hero could ever be.”
The other finalists for this year’s prize were:
- Eliga H. Gould’s “Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire” (Harvard).
- Cynthia A. Kierner’s “Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times” (UNC).
- Brian Steele’s “Thomas Jefferson and American Nationhood” (Cambridge).
The Washington Book Prize, one of the largest cash prizes for a work of literature, honors the year’s best book for a general audience about America’s founding era. It is sponsored by Washington College, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.