Ambassador Book Award

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The Ambassador Book Award is awarded annually by the English Speaking Union. It recognizes important literary works that contribute to the understanding and interpretation of American life and culture. Winners of the award are considered literary ambassadors who provide, in the best contemporary English, an important window on America to the rest of the world. A panel of judges, currently chaired by author Maureen Howard,[1] selects books out of new works in the fields of fiction, biography, autobiography, current affairs, American studies and poetry.

The award was established in 1986. Since then, winners have included books by such notable authors as Tom Wolfe (1988), Joan Didion (1988), Raymond Carver (1989), Gore Vidal (1989), John Cheever (1992), John Updike (1997),[2] Don Delillo (1998), Philip Roth (1999),[3] and Annie Proulx (2000).

Recipients[edit]

2010

2009

  • American Studies - A Summer of Hummingbirds, by Christopher Benfey
  • Biography and Autobiography - A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir, by Donald Worster
  • Current Affairs - The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, by Jane Mayer
  • Fiction - Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories, by Steven Millhauser
  • Poetry - Old War, by Alan Shapiro
  • Special Award - Toni Morrison

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998

1997

1996

  • American Studies - Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence, by John Hockenberry
  • Biography & Autobiography - Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography, by David S. Reynolds
  • Fiction - All the Days and Nights, by William Maxwell
  • Poetry - Atlantis, by Mark Doty

1995

  • American Studies - Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South, by John Egerton
  • Biography & Autobiography - No Ordinary Time Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Fiction - The Collected Stories, by Grace Paley
  • Poetry - Like Most Revelations, by Richard Howard

1994

  • American Studies - Around the Cragged Hill A Personal and Political Philosophy, by George F. Kennan
  • Biography & Autobiography - W. E. B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race 1868-1919, by David Levering Lewis
  • Fiction - The Oracle at Stoneleigh Court, by Peter Taylor
  • Poetry - Tesserae & Other Poems, by John Hollander

1993

1992

1991

1990

1989

1988

1987

1986

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