Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Ron Chernow wins history prize

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Historian Ron Chernow received the inaugural $50,000 George Washington Book Prize, the nation's largest literary prize for early American history.

Chernow was honored Saturday for his biography, Alexander Hamilton, a look at the co-author of The Federalist Papers and the nation's first Secretary of the Treasury.

The prize, sponsored by Washington College in Chestertown, Md., was awarded to Chernow at Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. It recognizes books about George Washington or the founding era.

Ted Widmer, director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College, said Chernow's book brings "new life to an often-overlooked founder."

Chernow has written several other critically acclaimed works, including "The House of Morgan," which won the National Book Award as the best nonfiction book of 1990. Chernow said his next project would focus on George Washington.

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