Goldsmith Book Prize

Harold Holzer won the 2016 Goldsmith Book Prize in the trade category for Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion.

Harold Holzer won the 2016 Goldsmith Book Prize in the trade category for Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion.

About the Award

The Goldsmith Book Prize is awarded to the trade and academic book published in the United States in the last 24 months that best fulfills the objective of improving democratic governance through an examination of the intersection between the media, politics and public policy. Recent Goldsmith Book Prizes have been awarded to books about political journalism, the history of news, news and political polarization, internet freedom, local news and digital democracy. Books that are not on the topic of media and politics will not be considered. Please view examples of past winners.

Rules and Information

Deadline for submissions for the 2020 Goldsmith Book Prize is December 1, 2019. You can apply online here. Entries for the 2020 Goldsmith Book Prize must have been published between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2019. Books outside the defined category are not eligible for an award and will not be reviewed by the award committee. All submissions must be in English. Edited volumes will not be accepted. $5,000 is awarded to the winner in each category.

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2019 Goldsmith Book Prize Winners

Academic
Matthew Hindman
The Internet Trap: How the Digital Economy Builds Monopolies and Undermines Democracy
Princeton University Press

Margaret E. Roberts
Censored: Distraction and Diversion Inside China’s Great Firewall
Princeton University Press

Trade
Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
How Democracies Die
Crown Publishing

View winners from previous years.