UC Berkeley History Professor Emeritus Robert Middlekauff has been named a finalist for the 2016 George Washington Prize for his book Washington’s Revolution: The Making of America’s First Leader (Knopf).
The Washington Prize recognizes the past year’s best written works on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of early American history. Created in 2005 by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and Washington College, the $50,000 George Washington Prize is one of the nation’s largest and most notable literary awards. Past recipients have included Pulitzer Prize-wining historian Annette Gordon-Reed and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Middlekauff is the Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History Emeritus. His books include The Mathers: Three Generations of Puritan Intellectuals, 1596-1728, which won the Bancroft Prize; The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies. Washington’s Revolution has been lauded by critics for its illuminating and nuanced portrait of America’s first president.