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History Prize Given to Carnegie Book

The New York Times reports that David Nasaw, the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Professor of History at the City University of New York Graduate Center, has been named the winner of the $50,000 New-York Historical Society American Book Prize for his biography, ANDREW CARNEGIE (The Penguin Press). In announcing the prize with Louise Mirrer, president and chief executive of the Historical Society, Roger Hertog, the board chairman, called the biography “magisterial” and said of Carnegie: “He set himself the ultimate goal of donating all his wealth to society, and at the same time he became a devoted advocate of world peace. The example set by this extraordinary life is remarkably relevant to us today.” Professor Nasaw will accept his prize and be named the society’s American history laureate in ceremonies on April 27.

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