Each year, ISI's Henry & Anne Paolucci Book Award honors the best book of conservative scholarship.
The award is named in memory of Henry and Anne Paolucci–distinguished scholars, teachers, and writers who exemplified the ideal of the public intellectual.
The winning author receives a $5,000 award and delivers a public lecture that ISI hosts in Wilmington, Delaware.
How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization (Templeton Press)
Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European Future (Encounter Books)
Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World (Broadside Books)
The Cave and the Light: Plato versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization (Random House)
The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left (Basic Books)
ISI's selection committee chose the finalists from among more than eighty books nominated by publishers, universities, and nonprofit organizations. A distinguished panel of outside judges will select the winner. The panel includes: Amity Shlaes, author of Coolidge and The Forgotten Man; Angelo M. Codevilla, author of Advice to War Presidents (winner of the 2010 Paolucci Book Award); Serphin Maltese, former chairman of the Conservative Party of New York; Clara Sarrocco, executive director of the Council on National Literatures; Matthew A. Pauley, chair of political science and legal studies at Manhattanville College; and Ronald F. Docksai, president of the Walter Bagehot Council.
The winner will be announced in August.
The Paolucci Book Award recognizes and advances the considerable scholarly achievements of Henry and Anne Paolucci, whose tireless pursuit of academic, literary, and journalist excellence exemplified ISI’s ideal of the public intellectual.
In the 1960s the Walter Bagehot Research Council, founded by Henry Paolucci, began presenting an annual book award named after Bagehot, the great British political economist and man of letters. The award was renamed the Henry Paolucci/Walter Bagehot Book Award after Dr. Paolucci passed away in 1999. ISI, which has presented the award for more than a decade, renamed the honor the Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award in memory of Anne Paolucci, who passed away in 2012.
This annual award gives proper recognition to the best works of conservative scholarship. Past winners include Philip Hamburger for Law and Judicial Duty, Angelo M. Codevilla for Advice to War Presidents, Pauline Maier for Ratification, John Fonte for Sovereignty or Submission, and, most recently, Brad S. Gregory for The Unintended Reformation.
To be considered for this year's Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award, a book must be a work of nonfiction that:
Books will be considered from a range of areas in the humanities, including but not limited to political science, history (especially American history and intellectual history), constitutional law, American domestic or foreign policy, jurisprudence, and higher education.
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The winner will be asked to give a public lecture in Wilmington, Delaware, in early November 2014. The winning author will receive the $5,000 cash award at this time. The lecture and award ceremony will be followed by a reception.
Henry Paolucci, PhD (1922–1999), was a prolific scholar of classical politics and literature. He was a professor of government and politics at St. John's University and also taught ancient Greek and Roman history at Iona College, Brooklyn College, and City College, as well as a graduate course on Dante and medieval culture at Columbia University. Dr. Paolucci wrote or edited more than thirty books and was a frequent contributor to national magazines and newspapers. He is well known for his studies of the political thought of Aristotle, Saint Augustine, Machiavelli, and Hegel. The founding president of the Walter Bagehot Council on National Sovereignty, Dr. Paolucci served for many years as vice chairman of the Conservative Party of New York State. In 1964 he ran as the Conservative candidate for Senate against Democrat Robert F. Kennedy and the Republican incumbent, Kenneth Keating.
Anne Paolucci, PhD (1926–2012), displayed a wide range of intellectual interests in her long and distinguished scholarly career. Born in Rome, she settled with her family in New York at the age of eight and went on to earn a PhD from Columbia University. Dr. Paolucci taught English at the City College of New York (CUNY) before joining the faculty of St. John's University as its first University Research Professor. A prolific writer on Renaissance drama, dramatic theory, Hegelian aesthetics, Spenser, Dante, Machiavelli, and classical and Shakespearean tragedy, Dr. Paolucci was perhaps best known for her work on the plays of Pirandello and of Edward Albee. She was the founding president of the Council on National Literatures, and for nearly a decade she served on the National Council on the Humanities.