Book Awards

Great Dissent hardcover

2014 New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book of the Year

Thomas Healy has won the 2014 New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book of the Year Award for The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind – and Changed the History of Free Speech in America. The Great Dissent explores the life of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., three times wounded in the Civil War and who as a Supreme Court Justice was faced with deciding the fate of those who challenged the limits of free speech on the verge of World War I. Award committee members praised Thomas Healy’s masterful telling of one of the most erudite decisions in U.S legal history, calling it “as dramatic as the story of the classic film, Twelve Angry Men.”

Thomas Healy, The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind – and Changed the History of Free Speech in America (Metropolitan Books, 2013)
 
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NJ350 History and Culture Book Award

Jonathan Schuppe has received the NJ350 History and Culture Book Award for A Chance to Win: Boyhood, Baseball, and the Struggle for Redemption in the Inner City. The NJ350 History and Culture Book Award is a special award on a New Jersey topic in celebration of the state’s 350th anniversary. A Chance to Win tells the story of Rodney Mason, an ex-con drug dealer from Newark who turned his life around after he was shot and paralyzed. Mason, a former high-school pitcher, founded a Little League team to give Newark boys an escape from poverty, drugs, and crime in their neighborhoods.

Jonathan Schuppe, A Chance to Win: Boyhood, Baseball, and the Struggle for Redemption in the Inner City (Henry Holt, 2013)

Recent Book of the Year Award Winners

  • 2013 Holly Metz, Killing the Poormaster: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression (Chicago Review Press, 2012)
  • 2012 Kenneth Slawenski, J. D. Salinger: A Life (Random House, Inc., 2011)
  • 2011 Kwame Anthony Appiah, The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen,
    (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010)
  • 2010 John V. Fleming, The Anti-Communist Manifestos: 4 Books That Shaped the Cold War,
    (W. W. Norton & Company, 2009)
  • 2009 Annette Gordon-Reed , The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,
    (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008)
  • 2008 Michael B. Oren, Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present
    (W. W. Norton & Company, 2007)
  • 2007 Jonathan Alter, The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope
    (Simon and Schuster, 2006)
  • 2006 Patricia Tyson Stroud, The Man Who Had Been King: The American Exile of Napoleon’s Brother Joseph (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005)
  • 2005 David Hackett Fisher, Washington’s Crossing (Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • 2004 Suzanne Lebsock, A Murder in Virginia: Southern Justice on Trial
    (W.W. Norton & Company, 2003).
  • 2003 Arthur Hertzberg, A Jew in America: My Life and People’s Struggle for Identity
    (Harper San Francisco, 2002)

Recent NJCH Honor Books

2013 NJCH Honor Books

  • Justin Wolff, Thomas Hart Benton: A Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012)
  • Hendrik Hartog, Someday All This Will Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age (Harvard University Press, 2012)

2012 NJCH Honor Books

  • Stephen Baker, Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Cathy D. Knepper, Jersey Justice: The Story of the Trenton Six, Rutgers University Press
  • Melissa Lane, Eco-Republic: What the Ancients Can Tell Us About Ethics, Virtue and Sustainable Living, Princeton University Press

2011 NJCH Honor Books

  • Thomas Belton, Protecting New Jersey’s Environment: From Cancer Alley to the New Garden State, Rutgers University Press
  • Ann Fabian, The Skull Collectors: Race, Science, and America’s Unburied Dead, University of Chicago Press
  • Nell Irvin Painter, The History of White People, W.W. Norton & Company
  • Michael Perino, The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora’s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance, The Penguin Press

Award Criteria and Application Instructions

Details for the 2015 NJCH Book Award will be available soon, for more information please contact James Kirkland at jkirkland@njch.org or 609.695.4838.

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