The winners of the 2007 Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature are Aleksandr Fursenko and Timothy Naftali, who have been chosen as recipients of the prize for their remarkable work Khrushchev’s Cold War:The Inside Story of an American Adversary, published by WW Norton.
Khrushchev’s Cold War is the untold story of the Kremlin’s goals during the Cold War years—and what it was willing to do to achieve them. In this portrait of an era that witnessed some of the most dangerous brinksmanship of the Cold War, Fursenko and Naftali brilliantly capture the man who, at the very height of his power, held the entire world in his thrall.
Aleksander Fursenko, a resident of St Petersburg, is one of Russia’s leading historians, and is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Timothy Naftali, a frequent contributor to State and NPR, is an associate professor at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Presidential Recordings Program and Kremlin Decision-making Project at the Miller Center of Public Affairs.
After a short lecture about their book, Mr Fursenko and Mr Naftali will be presented with the Medal by the Duke of Westminster in an awards ceremony at 1730 on 11 June 2007. The award presentation and lecture will be followed by an evening reception until 1930.
Created with the support of His Grace, The Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature has been awarded annually since 1997. The award is bestowed annually for the best book in the English language by a living author, regardless of nationality, gender or age, which represents in the opinion of the Awarding Board a notable and original contribution to the study of international or national security, or the military professions. Previous winners of the medal include: Hew Strachan, N.A.M. Rodger, John Keegan, Marrack Goulding, Percy Cradock and last year’s winner, Professor Roger Knight.