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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.
Books written about Harry S. Truman or the period of his presidency and published between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019 are eligible for the 2020 Harry S. Truman Book Award. To inquire about submission, contact Lisa Sullivan at Lisa.Sullivan@TrumanLibraryInstitute.org or 816.400.1216.
2020 HARRY S. TRUMAN BOOK AWARD
The Truman Library Institute has awarded Derek Leebaert the 2020 Harry S. Truman Book Award for Grand Improvisation: America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945-1957. Leebaert leads a global management consulting firm and is author of several award-winning books, including Magic and Mayhem: The Delusions of American Foreign Policy and To Dare and to Conquer: Special Operations and the Destiny of Nations.
RECENT AWARD RECIPIENTS
2020 Grand Improvisation: America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945-1957 by Derek Leebaert
2018 A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949 by Kevin Peraino
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
See all recipients since 1967 here.
Lisa Sullivan, Book Award Administrator