Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History

The Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History at the New-York Historical Society is a $50,000 prize administered by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the New-York Historical Society. Each year the award recognizes the best book on military history in the English-speaking world distinguished by its scholarship, its contribution to the literature, and its appeal to both a general and an academic audience. 

This year’s award ceremony has been brought online, and features a 30-minute conversation between Andrew Roberts, chair of the prize committee, and this year’s winner, John C. McManus, for Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941–1943. Read more about Professor McManus and Fire and Fortitude here. 

Submissions

Publishers may submit as many titles as they wish, but must send at least five copies to

Michael Ryan
Vice President and Director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York NY 10024

Books copyrighted in 2020 must be submitted for the prize by November 1, 2020.

Winners

2019

John C. McManus, Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941–1943 (Dutton-Penguin)

2018

Andrew Lambert, Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires and the Conflict That Made the Modern World (Yale University Press)

2017

Cathal Nolan, The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost (Oxford University Press)

2016

Peter Cozzens, The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West (Knopf)


Prior to 2016, the prize was known as the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize for Military History, and was awarded to the following:

2015

David L. Preston, Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution (Oxford)

2014

Alexander Watson, Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, 1914–1918 (Basic)

2013

Allen C. Guelzo, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (Knopf)