Alexander Watson wins Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize

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UK author Alexander Watson has won this year’s Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History for his title Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I (Allen Lane).

Watson received the $50,000 (£33,452) annual prize, awarded in recognition of the best book in the field of military history published in English during the previous calendar year, at a ceremony at the New-York Historical Society last night (23rd March).

He beat off competition from two other British authors to win the prize; Julia Lovell for her book The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams, and the Making of Modern China (Overlook Press), and David Reynolds with his title The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century (W W Norton).

Speaking about Watson’s win, Dr Andrew Roberts, chairman of the judging committee, said: “This extraordinary book analyses the first world war from the perspective of the Central Powers, something that is rarely, if ever, done. In his excavation of 20 archives in five countries, Alexander Watson forces us to re-examine the whole war from a startling angle.”

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Read a review of Ring Of Steel here.

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