Cornelius Ryan Award

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The Cornelius Ryan Award
Awarded for Best nonfiction book on international affairs
Country United States
Presented by Overseas Press Club of America
First awarded 1957
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The Cornelius Ryan Award is given for "best nonfiction book on international affairs" by the Overseas Press Club of America (OPC). To be eligible for this literary award a book must be published "in the US or by a US based company or distributed for an American audience" during the year prior to that in which the award is given.[1] The winner is chosen in a competition juried by peers from the journalism industry.

Recipients of the award receive a certificate and $1000. The Cornelius Ryan Award is one of 25 different awards currently given by the OPC for excellence in journalism at their annual award dinner, usually held at the end of April.[2] The award is named for the journalist and author Cornelius Ryan, who himself, twice received this, his own namesake award (1959 for The Longest Day and 1974 for A Bridge Too Far).[3]

In 2009 the judges were Chris Power (Bloomberg BusinessWeek), Robert Dowling (Caixin Media Group), and Robert Teitelman (The Deal).

Recipients of the Cornelius Ryan Award[3][4]
Year Author Title
1957 David Schoenbrun As France Goes
1958 John Gunther Inside Russia Today
1959 Cornelius Ryan The Longest Day
1960 William L. Shirer The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
1961 John Toland But Not in Shame: The Six Months After Pearl Harbor
1962 Seymour Freidin The Forgotten People: An Eye Witness Account of the People in the Iron Curtain Countries of Europe from 1945-1961
1963 Dan Kurzman Subversion of the Innocents: Patterns of Communist Penetration in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia
1964 Robert Trumbull The Scrutable East: A Correspondent's Report on Southeast Asia
1965 Robert Shaplen The Lost Revolution: The U.S. in Vietnam, 1946–1966
1966 Welles Hangen The Muted Revolution: East Germany's Challenge to Russia and the West
1967 George F. Kennan Memoirs, 1925–1950
1968 George W. Ball The Discipline of Power: Essentials of a Modern World Structure
1969 Townsend Hoopes The Limits of Intervention: An Inside Account of How the Johnson Policy of Escalation in Vietnam was Reversed
1970 John Toland The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936–1945
1971 Anthony Austin The President's War: The Story of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution and How the Nation was Trapped in Vietnam
1972 David Halberstam The Best and the Brightest
1973 C.L. Sulzberger An Age of Mediocrity: Memoirs and Diaries, 1963–1972
1974 Cornelius Ryan A Bridge Too Far
1975 Phillip Knightley The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero, Propagandist, and Myth Maker from the Crimea to Vietnam
1976 John Toland Adolf Hitler
1977 David McCullough The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870–1914
1978 Tad Szulc The Illusion of Peace: Foreign Policy in the Nixon Years
1979 Peter Wyden Bay of Pigs: The Untold Story
1980 Dan Kurzman Miracle of November: Madrid's Epic Stand, 1936
1981 Pierre Salinger America Held Hostage: The Secret Negotiations
1982 Fox Butterfield China: Alive in the Bitter Sea
1983 David Shipler Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams
1984 Kevin Klose Russia and the Russians: Inside the Closed Society
1985 Joseph Lelyveld Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White
1986 Tad Szulc Fidel: A Critical Portrait
1987 Raymond Bonner Waltzing with a Dictator: The Marcoses and the Making of American Policy
1988 Whitman Bassow The Moscow Correspondents: Reporting on Russia from the Revolution to Glasnost
1989 Thomas Friedman From Beirut to Jerusalem
1990 Tad Szulc Then and Now: How the World Has Changed Since World War II
1991 Sam Dillon Comandos: The CIA and Nicaragua's Contra Rebels
1992 Misha Glenny The Fall of Yugoslavia: The Third Balkan War
1993 Mary Anne Weaver Pakistan: In the Shadow of Jihad and Afghanistan
1994 Michael Ignatieff Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism
1995 Roger Warner Back Fire: The CIA's Secret War in Laos and It's Link to the War in Vietnam
1996 Peter Maas Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War
1997 Patrick Smith Japan: A Reinterpretation
1998 Philip Gourevitch We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
1999 Thomas L. Friedman The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization
2000 A.J. Langguth Our Vietnam: The War 1954–1975
2001 Mark Bowden Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
2002 John Laurence The Cat from Hué: A Vietnam War Story
2003 Milt Bearden,
James Risen
The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB
2004 Steve Coll Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
2005 George Packer The Assassin's Gate: America in Iraq
2006 Rajiv Chandrasekaran Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone
2007 Bob Drogin Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War
2008 Dexter Filkins The Forever War
2009 David Finkel The Good Soldiers
2010 Oliver Bullough Let Our Fame be Great: Journeys among the Defiant People of the Caucasus
2011 Robin Wright Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World
2012 Peter Bergen Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden From 9/11 to Abbottabad
2013 Jonathan M. Katz The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster


  1. ^ Overseas Press Club of America. Overseas Press Club 2010 Awards Application. Archived 19 December 2010 (by WebCite at
  2. ^ "OPC Adds 6 New Online Categories to Awards Roster", Overseas Press Club of America, 7 December 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b OPC Awards Past Recipients, Overseas Press Club of America. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  4. ^ John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Mary Anne Weaver - Guggenheim Fellow. Archived 19 December 2010 (by WebCite at

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