Past Winners of the Arthur Ross Book Award

2013 Awards

Gold Medal
Fredrik Logevall
Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam (Random House)

Silver Medal
Anne Applebaum
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944 - 1956 (Doubleday)

Honorable Mention
Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (Crown Business)

2012 Awards

Gold Medal
John Lewis Gaddis
George F. Kennan: An American Life (The Penguin Press)

Silver Medal
Jason Stearns
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of Congo and the Great War of Africa (PublicAffairs)

Honorable Mention
Daniel Yergin
The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World (The Penguin Press)

2011 Awards

Gold Medal
Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff
This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly (Princeton University Press)

Silver Medal
Thomas Hegghammer
Jihad in Saudi Arabia: Violence and Pan-Islamism since 1979 (Cambridge University Press)

Honorable Mention
Charles A. Kupchan
How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace (Princeton University Press)

2010 Awards

Gold Medal
Liaquat Ahamed
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World (Penguin Group)

Silver Medal
Seth G. Jones
In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)

Honorable Mention
Gerard Prunier
Africa's World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe (Oxford University Press)

2009 Awards

Gold Medal
Philip P. Pan
Out of Mao's Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China (Simon & Schuster)

Silver Medal
Ahmed Rashid
Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia (Penguin Group)

Honorable Mention
Gareth Evans
The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and For All (Brookings Institution Press)

2008 Awards

Gold Medal
Paul Collier
The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (Oxford University Press)

Silver Medal
Trita Parsi
Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States (Yale University Press)

Honorable Mention
Robert Dallek
Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power (HarperCollins Publisher)

2007 Awards

Gold Medal
Kwame Anthony Appiah
Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (W.W. Norton)

Silver Medal
Robert L. Beisner
Dean Acheson: A Life in the Cold War (Oxford University Press)

Honorable Mention
Thomas E. Ricks
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq (The Penguin Press)

2006 Awards

Gold Medal
Tony Judt
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (Penguin Press)

Silver Medal
Olivier Roy
Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah (Columbia University Press)

Honorable Mention
George Packer
The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2005 Awards

Gold Medal
Steve Coll
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (Penguin Press)

Silver Medal
Stephen Biddle
Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle (Princeton University Press)

Honorable Mention
James Mann
Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet (Viking Books)

2004 Awards

Gold Medal
Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon
The Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam’s War Against America (Random House)

Silver Medal
Robert Cooper
The Breaking of Nations: Order and Chaos in the Twenty-First Century (Atlantic Monthly Press)

Honorable Mention
Ivo Daalder and James M. Lindsay
America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy (Brookings Institution Press)

2003 Awards

Gold Medal
Samantha Power
“A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide (Basic Books)

Silver Medal
Margaret MacMillan
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World (Random House)

Honorable Mention
Philip Bobbitt
The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History (Alfred A. Knopf)

2002 Awards

Gold Medal
Robert Skidelsky
John Maynard Keynes: Fighting for Freedom 1937-1946 (Viking)

Silver Medal
Lawrence Freedman
Kennedy’s Wars: Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam (Oxford University Press)

Honorable Mention
Walter Russell Mead
Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (Alfred A. Knopf)

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