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December 2013
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Embers of War Wins the 2013 Arthur Ross Book Award


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.

In Memoriam: Nelson Mandela (1918–2013)

Nelson Mandela

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.

In Brief
The centenary of Albert Camus's birth celebrated last month was widely covered in the media and reignited interest in his major works. Click on the following links to read some of the coverage: NPR, New Republic, The New York Review of Books, Philosophy Now, Los Angeles Review of Books and click here to explore his books published by Vintage Classics.
Samuel R. Delany, author of numerous novels and short story collections, including Aye, and Gomorrah, Dhalgren, and The Fall of the Towers, has been named the 2013 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America "for his contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy." The award will be presented at the 49th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, CA, May 16–18, 2014.
T.R. Fehrenbach, author of Comanches and many other books about Texas History has passed away in San Antonio, TX at the age of 88. His full New York Times obituary can be read here.

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