Arthur Ross Book Award

Logo of the Arthur Ross Book Award

The annual Arthur Ross Book Award recognizes books that make an outstanding contribution to the understanding of foreign policy or international relations. The prize, endowed by Arthur Ross in 2001, is for nonfiction works (including biography), in English or translation, that merit special attention for:

  • bringing forth new information that can change our understanding of events or problems;
  • developing analytical approaches that allow new and different insights into a key issue;
  • or providing new ideas to help resolve foreign-policy problems.

See the list of past winners, 2002 through 2013.

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)


Gideon Rose (Chair)
Peter G. Peterson Chair and Editor, Foreign Affairs

Robert W. Kagan
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe, The Brookings Institution

Mary Elise Sarotte
Visiting Professor of Government and History, Harvard University

Stephen M. Walt
Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


We are no longer accepting nominations for the 2014 Arthur Ross Book Award. If you would like to nominate a book published in 2014 for next year's award, please email with the following:

  • book title and author
  • publication date
  • one-page description or press release

For any other inquiries, please email

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