Swedish historian lands prestigious Pulitzer prize

Swedish historian lands prestigious Pulitzer prize
Swedish-American historian Fredrik Logevall has been awarded a Pulitzer prize, one of the most prestigious prizes awarded in the US for achievements in journalism and the arts.

“For a distinguished and appropriately documented book on the history of the United States,” the Pulitzer citation said.

The Pulitzer, worth some $10,000 in prize money, was awarded for his book Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam.

The book charts the end of French colonial rule in Indochina and details how a “succession of American leaders moved step by step down a road to full blown war”.

The book is the latest by Logevall on his specialist subject of the Cold War and Vietnam. Previous works include A People and A Nation: A History of the United States, America’s Cold War: The Politics of Insecurity and Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam.

Logevall, who is employed by Cornell University in New York, was born in Stockholm in 1963 and grew up in Västerås in eastern Sweden before emigrating to Canada with his family.

He currently holds the position of John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and Professor of History at Cornell University as well as being an associate of the London School of Economics IDEAS Cold War Studies Programme.

The Pulitzer Prize was established in 1917 in accordance with the wishes of publisher Joseph Pulitzer. It is administered by Columbia University in New York City and is awarded annually in 21 categories.

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