The 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners

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For a distinguished and appropriately documented book on the history of the United States, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to "Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam," by Fredrik Logevall (Random House), a balanced, deeply researched history of how, as French colonial rule faltered, a succession of American leaders moved step by step down a road toward full-blown war.


Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (left), presents the 2013 History prize to Fredrik Logevall.

Finalists

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675,” by Bernard Bailyn (Alfred A. Knopf), a luminous account of how the British colonies took root amid raw brutality, often with terrible consequences for the settlers as well as the native population; and "Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History," by John Fabian Witt (Free Press), a striking work examining how orders issued by President Lincoln to govern conduct on battlefields and in prisons during the Civil War have shaped modern laws of armed conflict.