Another year, another immensely well-reviewed book of history from W.W. Norton winning a major award. Following in the footsteps of Eric Foner's The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (2011) and The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2009), Alan Taylor has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1932.
This is Alan Taylor's second Pulitzer Prize for History – he previously won in 1996 for William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic.
Congratulations to Alan Taylor and W.W. Norton!
The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
9780393073713 | $35.00 | Sept 2013
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As reported in Publishers Weekly, Jon Klassen was grateful to everyone involved:
Klassen is quick to share the credit for his books’ success – and his gratitude. “A huge heartfelt, humbled, amazed, deeply-grateful, crazily-lucky, kind-of-suspicious-it’s-all-a-trick, but-hoping-never-to-find-out thank you to everybody who helped with the making of, the editing of, the distribution of, the promotion of, the displaying of, the talking-about of, the recommending of, the selling of, the buying of, and the sitting-down-and-reading of these books,” he told PW. “I wish we could all go bowling or something together.”
Janet Maslin reviewed Flash Boys for the NY Times and says:
Because Mr. Lewis is at the helm finding clear, simple metaphors for even the most impenetrable financial minutiae, this tawdry tale should make sense to anyone. And so should its shock value. “Flash Boys” is guaranteed to make blood boil.
And because this is Mr. Lewis, it’s a book about white-hatted heroes who set out to rectify the system. The principal figures in “Flash Boys” were not widely known outside the business world, or even within it, though they will be now. You could find some on LinkedIn, but Wikipedia had never heard of them or their accomplishments. That only adds to the excitement surrounding a book that has been kept carefully under wraps.
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
9780393244663 | $27.95 | Cloth
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