“The Price of Peace”: Biography of John Maynard Keynes Wins Prestigious Arthur Ross Book Award

“The Price of Peace”: Biography of John Maynard Keynes Wins Prestigious Arthur Ross Book Award

October 25, 2021 4:15 pm (EST)

News Releases

Zachary D. Carter has won the twentieth annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes (Penguin Random House), a biography of the influential British economist. Carter, a writer in residence with the Omidyar Network’s Reimagining Capitalism initiative and former senior reporter at HuffPost, will be awarded the Gold Medal and $10,000. 

“Zachary Carter’s study of Keynes and Keynesianism is deeply researched, beautifully written, and completely absorbing. It masterfully weaves together biography and social and intellectual history,” said Gideon Rose, CFR’s Mary and David Boies distinguished fellow in U.S. foreign policy and chair of the award jury, which includes CFR members, but reaches its decision independent of the institution. 

More on:

Global

The jury awarded the Silver Medal and $5,000 to Susan B. Glasser and Peter Baker for The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III (Penguin Random House). Glasser is a staff writer at the New Yorker and Baker is chief White House correspondent for the New York Times.

The Bronze Medal and $2,500 were awarded to Harvard University professor Robert D. Putnam and entrepreneur Shaylyn Romney Garrett for The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again (Simon & Schuster).

Additional shortlist nominees: 

  • New York Times national editor Jia Lynn Yang for One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924–1965 (W. W. Norton & Company) 
  • Chancellor of the College of William & Mary and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates for Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post–Cold War World (Penguin Random House)
  • Princeton University professor G. John Ikenberry for A World Safe for Democracy: Liberal Internationalism and the Crises of Global Order (Yale University Press)
  • University of Toronto professor and former CFR Visiting Distinguished Historian Margaret MacMillan for War: How Conflict Shaped Us (Penguin Random House)

 

Endowed by the late Arthur Ross in 2001, this award recognizes nonfiction books that make an outstanding contribution to the understanding of international relations, and is among the most prestigious prizes for books related to international and foreign policy issues. Recent winners include Patrick Radden Keefe’s Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, Jill Lepore’s These Truths: A History of the United States, Stephen Kotkin’s Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941, and John Pomfret’s The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present. A full list of previous winners is available here.

More on:

Global

This year’s awardees will be honored at a CFR virtual event on December 7.

Creative Commons
Creative Commons: Some rights reserved.
Close
This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) License.
View License Detail
Close

Top Stories on CFR

Russia

Russia’s moves to mobilize thousands more troops and to annex more of Ukraine’s territory signal a new, potentially more dangerous phase of the war.

China

More than a million Muslims have been arbitrarily detained in China’s Xinjiang region. The reeducation camps are just one part of the government’s crackdown on Uyghurs.

Brazil

Brazil has long sought a greater role on the world stage, but political upheaval and other enduring challenges have complicated its efforts.