Wednesday, May 29, 2013

OAH Book Prizes Go to Business History Titles

Jonathan Levy's Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America (Harvard University Press, 2012) garnered several major book prizes at this year's Organization of American Historians meeting. Levy's work was the recipient of the Frederick Jackson Turner Award, the Avery O. Craven Award, and the Ellis W. Hawley Prize. Readers can find a review of Freaks of Fortune by Kim Phillips-Fein at Public Books, and listen to Levy discuss the book during a HUP podcast.
    At the same meeting, the OAH presented the Merle Curti Award for the best book in American social history to Angus Burgin of Johns Hopkins University for The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Great Depression (Harvard University Press, 2012). Readers can find a video of Burgin discussing the book, as well as links to various other interviews and reviews, at the HUP website. Burgin's book has also been awarded the Joseph J. Spengler Best Book Prize by the History of Economics Society.