From AHA TODAY: “The Bancroft Prize is awarded annually by the trustees of Columbia University to the authors of books of exceptional merit in the fields of American history, biography, and diplomacy. There were 223 books nominated for the 2013 award, all published in 2012.”
The winners are:
John Fabian Witt, Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of war in American History (Free Press).
W. Jeffrey Bolster, The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail (Harvard University Press).