Fredrik Logevall, the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies, Professor of History, and director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, has been awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History, the 2013 Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians and the 2013 Arthur Ross Book Award for his book Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam. The book was also named a best book of the year by the Washington Post and the Christian Science Monitor.
The Pulitzer citation calls the book, which begins in 1919 and ends in 1959, "a balanced, deeply researched history of how, as French colonial rule faltered, a succession of American leaders moved step by step down a road toward full-blown war."
The Parkman Prize, named for a 19th-century historian widely honored for his elegant prose style, is awarded annually to a nonfiction book that is distinguished by its literary merit and makes an important contribution to the history of what is now the United States. The prize was awarded for "this extraordinary work of modern history combines powerful narrative thrust, deep scholarly authority, and quiet interpretive confidence to chart the development of Ho Chi Minh's liberation movement, the loss of the French empire, and the fateful decisions of the United States in the late 1950s to enter the conflict in Southeast Asia."
Endowed by Arthur Ross in 2001, the Arthur Ross Book Award honors nonfiction works, in English or translation, that merit special attention for bringing forth new information that changes the understanding of events or problems, developing analytical approaches that allow new and different insights into critical issues, or providing new ideas that help resolve foreign policy issues.
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