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