Harry S. Truman Book Award

Harry S. Truman Book Award

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Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman Book Award

The Harry S. Truman Book Award is presented biennially by the Truman Library Institute. Established in 1963, the Harry S. Truman Book Award recognizes the best book published within a two-year period dealing primarily and substantially with some aspect of the history of the United States between April 12, 1945 and January 20, 1953, or with the life or career of Harry S. Truman.

2018 HARRY S. TRUMAN BOOK AWARD

The 2018 Harry S. Truman Book Award will be presented to Kevin Peraino, author of A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949. Peraino is a veteran foreign correspondent who worked as senior writer and bureau chief at Newsweek for a decade. He is also the author of Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power.

The Truman Library Institute will present Peraino with the award during a special public program taking place at the Truman Library on Thursday, September 27. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with a free reception preceding at 6 p.m. The program is free to attend, but RSVPs are requested.

RECENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

2018       A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949

2016       Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe by Michael Neiberg

2014       Henry Wallace’s 1948 Presidential Campaign and the Future of Postwar Liberalism by Thomas W. Devine

2012       The War for Korea, 1950-1951: They Came from the North by Allan R. Millett

2010       Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion in the United States, 1950-1953 by Steven Casey

2008       From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War by Wilson D. Miscamble

2006       The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis

2004       Act of Creation: The Founding of the United Nations by Stephen C. Schlesinger

2002       The Dixiecrat Revolt and the End of the Solid South, 1932-1968 by Kari Frederickson

2000       Downfall: The End of the Japanese Empire by Richard B. Frank

1998       (No award given)

1996       Man of the People: A Life of Harry S. Truman by Alonzo Hamby

1994       George F. Kennan and the Making of American Foreign Policy, 1947-1950 by Wilson D. Miscamble

See all recipients since 1967 here.