Council’s 2004 Arthur Ross Book Award Shortlist Announced

Council’s 2004 Arthur Ross Book Award Shortlist Announced

March 1, 2004 6:04 pm (EST)

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The Council on Foreign Relations has announced the authors short listed for the third annual Arthur Ross Book Award for the best book on international affairs. The books are, in alphabetical order:


  • Robert J. Art for “A Grand Strategy for America” (Cornell University Press). A penetrating analysis of the future direction of U.S. foreign and military policy in an era of staggering American power.



  • Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon for “The Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam’s War Against America” (Random House). A dispassionate examination of an Islamist extremist threat to the United States and the West and a clarion call for action.



  • Robert Cooper for “The Breaking of Nations: Order and Chaos in the Twenty-First Century” (Atlantic Books). Essential reading for a dangerous age, a cautionary tale for superpowers, and a prescient examination of international relations in the twenty-first century.



  • Ivo Daalder and James M. Lindsay for “America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy” (Brookings Institution Press). An original and provocative look at President George W. Bush’s impact on American foreign policy and how it has redefined how America engages the world.



  • Niall Ferguson for “Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power” (Basic Books). A sweeping history of the world’s first experiment in globalization— the British Empire— and its lessons for today’s new American empire.



  • William Taubman for “Khrushchev: The Man and His Era” (W.W. Norton). A solid portrayal of one of the Soviet Union’s pivotal leaders and his times and a compelling read which throws light on many critical events.


The Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Ross Book Award is the largest U.S. award for a book on international affairs. It was endowed by Arthur Ross in 2001 to honor non-fiction works, 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 that help resolve foreign policy problems.

The award consists of a $10,000 first prize, a $5,000 second prize, and honorable mention.

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The jury will meet on April 30 to determine the winner of this year’s award, who will be honored at an event at the Council in New York in June.




S. Lael Brainard
Senior Fellow, Economic and Foreign Policy Studies
The Brookings Institution

Joy de Menil
Editorial Director
William Heinemann Ltd.

Rose Gottemoeller
Senior Associate
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Richard N. Haass*
Council on Foreign Relations

Stanley Hoffmann
Paul & Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor
Harvard University

James F. Hoge, Jr.
Peter G. Peterson Chair & Editor
Foreign Affairs

Morton L. Janklow (Chairman)
Senior Partner
Janklow & Nesbit Associates

Robert W. Kagan
Senior Associate
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Arthur Ross*
Vice Chairman
United Nations Association of the U.S.A.

Stephen M. Walt
Academic Dean and Belfer Professor of International Affairs
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

*ex officio

Contact: Marie X. Strauss, Communications, 212-434-9536 or [email protected]

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