Alan Taylor Wins American History Book Prize

From a New York Times story by Jennifer Schuessler headlined “Scholar of Early Republic Wins American History Book Prize”:

Alan Taylor, the author of “American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783-1850,” has been named the winner of the New-York Historical Society’s 2022 Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize, which is awarded each year for the best work of American history or biography.

The book, published by W.W. Norton, takes a capacious view of the period between the end of the American Revolution and Congress’s failed efforts to pass compromise bills over slavery to stave off the looming Civil War. It looks beyond the familiar great men and geographical boundaries, depicting the expanding country as an “always-imperiled” nation built on “an unstable foundation of rival regions and an ambiguous Constitution.”