The winner of the 2015 Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award is Richard Brookhiser for his book Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln.
The Paolucci Book Award honors the best work that advances conservative principles. Brookhiser, a senior editor of National Review and the acclaimed author of eleven books, received the award on Thursday, October 1, 2015. Brookhiser’s impressive talk on Founders’ Son has been broadcast multiple times on C-SPAN’s Book TV.
In the words of the Boston Globe, Founders’ Son is “beautifully written and choked with insights.” As Brookhiser writes early in the book, Founders’ Son “is not a full-dress biography of Lincoln” but rather “a history of his career, and the unfolding of the ideas that animated it.” Brookhiser masterfully explores those ideas, and the sources for them—in particular, the ideas of America’s Founders.
The panel that selected this year’s winner included six distinguished judges: 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.