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Conservative Book of the Year Award

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Honoring the Conservative Book of the Year

ISI’s Conservative Book of the Year award recognizes thoughtful books that contribute to the rich debate and discussion of important conservative ideas. The winner receives a $10,000 cash prize along with ISI’s Paolucci Book Award.

And the winner is...

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The votes are in.

And the winner of the 2019 Conservative Book of the Year award is . . .

Yoram Hazony, The Virtue of Nationalism

Yoram Hazony for The Virtue of Nationalism!

Come hear Hazony as he accepts the award at ISI’s Conservative Book of the Year dinner in Chicago on March 30.

It’s a rare opportunity to hear from one of today’s most important political thinkers. Hazony is traveling all the way from Jerusalem to speak at the dinner and accept the award.

The dinner will be held in Chicago in conjunction with the national meeting of America’s preeminent conservative intellectual forum, the Philadelphia Society. Here are details on the event:

  • DATE: Saturday, March 30
  • TIME: 7:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 W. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601

An outside panel of judges chose Hazony’s book from more than 230 nominees. The Virtue of Nationalism prevailed in an impressive field. The other finalists were:

  • Patrick J. Deneen, Why Liberalism Failed (Yale University Press)
  • Jonah Goldberg, Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy (Crown Forum)
  • Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (Penguin Press)
  • Roger Scruton, Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition (All Points Books)


Reserve my seat at the March 30 dinner

If you are interested in finding out more about the event, please contact Allyssa Schulz-Fricker at or 302-524-6144.

ABOUT THE AWARD WINNER: Yoram Hazony is the author of The Virtue of Nationalism, which critics hail as “a classic . . . a tour de force” (National Review), “a uniquely insightful guide to the forces transforming the politics of the West” (Yuval Levin), “one of the most important books on one of the most important controversies of our time” (New Criterion), “an excellent book” (City Journal), “influential and prophetic” (The Federalist), and “a model of engaged political philosophy” (Modern Age). Hazony serves as president of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem and director of the John Templeton Foundation’s project in Jewish Philosophical Theology.