- Not to be confused with the Sierra Club William E. Colby Award
The William E. Colby Award was established in 1999 by the William E. Colby Military Writers' Symposium at Norwich University in Vermont in order to recognize "a first work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of intelligence operations, military history, or international affairs." It is named in honor of William Egan Colby. The Colby Circle was co-founded by writers Carlo D'Este and W.E.B. Griffin. The award is currently administered by the Tawani Foundation in Chicago, and presented at the annual Liberty Gala of the Pritzker Military Library.
- 2012 Michael Franzak, A Nightmare's Prayer
- 2011 Karl Marlantes, Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War
- 2010 Jack H. Jacobs, If Not Now, When?
- 2009 Dexter Filkins, The Forever War, and Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor
- 2008 R. Alan King, Twice Armed: An American Soldier's Battle for the Hearts and Minds in Iraq
- 2007 John Glusman, Conduct Under Fire, and Ian Toll, Six Frigates
- 2006 Nathaniel Fick One Bullet Away, and Kevin Weddle, Lincoln's Tragic Admiral
- 2005 Sidney Shachnow and Jann Robbins Hope and Honor, and 2005 Jon Meacham Franklin and Winston
- 2004 Bing West and Major General Ray L. Smith The March Up, and Robert L. Bateman No Gun Ri
- 2003 Bryan Mark Rigg Hitler's Jewish Soldiers
- 2002 Patrick K. O'Donnell Beyond Valor, and Ralph Wetterhahn The Last Battle
- 2001 James Bradley with Ron Powers Flags of Our Fathers
- 2000 B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley Stolen Valor
- 1999 Fred Chiaventone A Road We Do Not Know, and Bill Harlow Circle William
- William E. Colby Award, official website.
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