Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Pritzker Military Library Literature Award

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson specializing in the American Civil War has become the first-ever winner of the new $100,000 US military writing prize, the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award, the library announced on Monday.

McPherson, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, will receive the $100,000 US Pritzker honorarium, citation and medallion at a gala in Chicago in October.

The literary honour is designed to recognize a living author who has compiled a body of work that has enriched "the understanding of American military history" through academic, fiction or non-fiction writing — or a combination of the three.

McPherson's other titles include Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War. Learn more about this award from the Pritzker website.

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