Books on climate change, papal supremacy and Laura Ingalls Wilder nominated for history prize worth $75K US

Eight books are shortlisted for one of the world's richest history prizes.
The eight shortlisted books for the 2018 Cundill History Prize. (Submitted by Cundill History Prize)

Books on global climate change, papal supremacy and Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder make up some of the eight books on the 2018 Cundill History Prize.

Administered by McGill University in Montreal, the award recognizes the best nonfiction history book in English. The $75,000 US ($97,194 Cdn) prize is open to books published internationally.

Here's the complete list:

  • Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum
  • Grant by Ron Chernow
  • Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
  • Behemoth by Joshua Freeman
  • A Deadly Legacy: German Jews and the Great War by Tim Grady
  • The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World by Maya Jasanoff
  • The Pope Who Would Be King by David I. Kertzer
  • A Cold Welcome by Sam White

"What unites them all is the craftsmanship of their authors: their dedication to unravelling the past and making it come alive for a contemporary audience," said historian Mark Gilbert, the chair of the jury.

The three finalists will be announced in Toronto on Oct. 31, 2018. 

The winner of the prize will be announced at a gala event on Nov. 15 in Montreal. The two finalists that do not win will each receive $10,000 US ($12,577 Cdn).

There are no Canadians on the 2018 shortlist. Last year's winner was British historian Daniel Beer for The House of the Dead.


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