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Professor Julian Jackson wins major book prize


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: 

Photo credit: Krystal Kenney



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