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$75,000 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature shortlist announced

McGill University’s Faculty of Arts has announced the six shortlisted books for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature, the world’s richest prize for historical non-fiction writing. The shortlist was elected from 116 international books in English or English translation. One of the six authors will take home $75,000 U.S., and two runners-up will be awarded $10,000 each. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto on Nov. 20.

The shortlisted books are:

  • Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944“1956, Anne Applebaum
  • Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century, Christian Caryl
  • The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, Christopher Clark
  • Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam, Fredrik Logevall
  • Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939“1941, Lynne Olson
  • The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, Tom Reiss