The Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, sponsored by Flora Fraser and Peter Soros, was established in 2003 in affectionate memory of Elizabeth Longford, the acclaimed biographer. The prize celebrates, annually, a historical biography which, like hers, combines scholarship and narrative drive. It is judged by a panel of historians and historical biographers. Books must be published or distributed in the United Kingdom, in the calendar year preceding. Works in translation are not eligible.
Unsolicited submissions are not accepted.
The winner of the 2021 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography was Fredrik Logevall for JFK Volume One (Penguin).
Fredrik Logevall is the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School and Professor of History at Harvard University. A specialist on US foreign relations history and modern international history, he was previously the Anbinder Professor of History at Cornell University. Before that he taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he co-founded the Center for Cold War Studies. Logevall is the author or editor of ten books, most recently Embers of War, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History and the 2013 Francis Parkman Prize, as well as the 2013 American Library in Paris Book Award and the 2013 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations.
“Logevall’s JFK Volume One illuminates Boston-Irish culture, the moneyed American elite, and the youthful Kennedy’s fascination with politics in Europe as well as the USA. Clear-eyed about his subject’s faults as well as his charisma, the author paints a compelling portrait of a political phenomenon in the making. Kennedy is shown to be both more aspirational and more independent of his father than previously supposed. In the tradition of the Elizabeth Longford Prize this is high-octane historical biography, placing a major subject in a new and arresting light.”Chair of Judges, Roy Foster
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