The Journal of the American Revolution Book of the Year Award is an annual book prize to the non-fiction volume that best mirrors the mission of Journal of the American Revolution, which is to deliver passionate, creative and smart content that makes American Revolution history more palatable for a broad audience. Winning books commonly feature meticulous research and well-written narratives. Nominations for the 2017 award are due by November 10, 2017.
Publishers must send three copies of nominated book(s) by November 10 of the award year. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: JAR Book Award Nomination) for further instructions. Nominations may also be made by Journal of the American Revolution editors and writers.
Minimum Selection Criteria
Books will only be accepted as nominations if they meet the following criteria…
- Published during the previous two years of the award year
- Subject related to the American Revolution
- Contain footnotes, endnotes or content that primarily utilizes primary sources
Winners will be announced and publicized on Journal of the American Revolution, typically in January.
About Journal of the American Revolution
Regularly featuring groundbreaking research and perspective from 80 expert writers, Journal of the American Revolution is the leading source of information about the American Revolution and Founding era. In a world of increasing historical illiteracy and apathy, the popular online magazine publishes passionate, creative and smart content intended to make history more palatable to a broad audience. Journal of the American Revolution also produces an annual hardcover volume that features its most resourceful content.
- 2016 (winner) Brothers at Arms, American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It by Larrie D. Ferreiro (Knopf, 2016)
- 2016 (honorable mention) First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His — and the Nation’s — Prosperity by Edward G. Lengel (Da Capo Press, 2016)
- 2015 (winner) Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution by Kathleen DuVal (Random House, 2015)
- 2015 (honorable mention) The Spirit of ’74: How the American Revolution Began by Ray Raphael and Marie Raphael (New Press, 2015)
- 2015 (honorable mention) After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence by Don Glickstein (Westholme, 2015)
- 2014 (winner) Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities During the War for Independence by Ken Miller (Cornell University Press, 2014)
- 2014 (honorable mention) An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America by Nick Bunker (Knopf, 2014)
- 2014 (honorable mention) Inventing Ethan Allen by John J. Duffy and H. Nicholas Muller III (University Press of New England, 2014)