NEW YORK, October 30, 2014—The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and A Forgotten Genocide by Gary Bass (Alfred A. Knopf) has won the 2014 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award. Gary Bass will be honored and presented with a $20,000 prize at a special event to be held at Asia Society’s headquarters in New York City on December 9, 2014.
The Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award is the only award that recognizes nonfiction books for their outstanding contributions to the understanding of contemporary Asia or U.S.-Asia relations. The Blood Telegram was selected from over 100 nominations submitted by U.S. and Asia-based publishers for books published in 2013.
A jury co-chaired by Tommy T. B. Koh, Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large, and Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University, and composed of leading experts and figures from policy, academia, and journalism from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States selected the winner and honorable mentions.
Gary Bass is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. His other books include Freedom’s Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention (Alfred A. Knopf) and Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals (Princeton University Press). He has also written numerous articles for academic journals and contributed chapters for edited volumes on international affairs.
Two honorable mentions were also chosen: Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42 by William Dalrymple (Alfred A. Knopf) and China Goes Global: The Partial Power by David Shambaugh (Oxford University Press). Each will receive a $2,000 prize.
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