School of History

Professor Julian Jackson wins major book prize

14 November 2018

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Congratulations to our Head of School, Professor Julian Jackson, who last week became the sixth winner of The American Library in Paris Book Award for his biography, A Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle.

The jury, comprised of David Bellos, Diane Johnson, and Pierre Assouline, credited A Certain Idea of France as a triumph of scholarship and thoughtfulness:

'With this magnificent biography of the strangest and most significant figure to mark French history in the twentieth century, Julian Jackson confirms his already important place in the great Anglo-American tradition of French historiography, alongside Richard Cobb, Theodore Zeldin, and Philip Nord.'

'Jackson’s book is a masterpiece of historical writing that provides an intimate portrait of an unusual man, a profound reflection on the history of France, and a gripping, stylish narrative at the same time. It is hard to imagine any other work being more worthy of the American Library’s annual book award.'
 
Julian accepted the prize at a reception in front of an audience of the Library's most committed supporters at the George C. Marshall Center on Thursday 8 November. A photo gallery of the event is available on the Library's Flickr account.

More information is available on the American Library in Paris website: https://americanlibraryinparis.org/ 

Photo credit: Krystal Kenney