The Council on Foreign Relations has named Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall the Gold Medal winner for the 2013 Arthur Ross Book Award. The author will receive a prize of $15,000 this month. Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956 by Anne Applebaum and Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson won the Silver Medal and Honorable Mention, respectively.
One of the most acclaimed works of history in recent years, Embers of War is also winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians, the American Library in Paris Book Award, and was a finalist for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature. Logevall will sign copies of his book during the 2014 American Historical Association Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 4th from 2:00–2:30pm in Random House Booths #803/805.
Nelson Mandela, one of the world's most revered statesman and South Africa's first black president, has died at the age of 95. In addition to his legacy as a political leader and anti-apartheid activist, Mandela was an orator, philanthropist, writer, and subject of many books, including Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage by Richard Stengel (Crown), for which Mandela wrote the preface; Mandela: The Authorized Biography by Anthony Sampson (Vintage); Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela by Danny Schechter (Seven Stories Press), Nelson Mandela: The Unconquerable Soul by Lewis Helfand (Campfire); and Reflections on Nelson Mandela by Antoinette Haselhorst (Titan Books).
Stengel, who collaborated with Mandela on his bestselling autobiography and became a cherished friend, has written a remembrance, which can be read here. For his full New York Times obituary, click here.