Stephen Brumwell’s ‘George Washington: Gentleman Warrior’ (Quercus, 2012)

The British are coming!

And winning.

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.