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Monday, April 22, 2019

6:30pm ~ Reception
7:30pm-9:30pm ~ Dinner


Join us for dinner as author Joyce Lee Malcolm is presented with the 2019 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award for her book The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life. Honorable Mentions will also be presented to Bob Drury and Tom Clavin for Valley Forge, and to Albert Louis Zambone for Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life. The authors will be present at this intimate gathering to accept their awards.

$115 Early Bird Tickets
(March 19-31)


Ticket purchase includes a reception and dinner with open bar beer and wine at Fraunces Tavern, and a signed copy of The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold.

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$125 Regular Tickets (April 1-14)

Since 1972 the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award has been presented annually to the best author of a newly published work on the American Revolutionary War, combining original scholarship, insight, and good writing. This award is one way the Museum fulfills the mission to educate the public about the Revolution and acknowledge the historical community dedicated to the study and public education regarding the American fight for freedom.



2019 Winner

Joyce Lee Malcolm, The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life

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Joyce Lee Malcolm is an historian and constitutional scholar specializing in British and Colonial American history.  She is the Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment at Scalia Law School, George Mason University and author of eight books and numerous articles. In addition to The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life, these include Peter’s War: A New England Slave Boy and the American Revolution, published by Yale, which tells the story of Peter, a “negroe servant boy” sold as a toddler who fought for the patriot cause, illuminating the experience of soldiers- white and black- during the American Revolution. To Keep and Bear Arms: The Origins of an Anglo-American Right was cited by the US Supreme Court in its landmark Second Amendment cases, while Guns and Violence: The English Experience, which tracks English laws on crime, broke new ground.  Malcolm’s essays have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The London Telegraph, The Financial Times and other newspapers. 

About The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life


Proud and talented, history now remembers this conflicted man solely through the lens of his last desperate act of treason. Yet the fall of Benedict Arnold remains one of the Revolutionary period’s great puzzles. Why did a brilliant military commander, who repeatedly risked his life fighting the British, who was grievously injured in the line of duty, and fell into debt personally funding his own troops, ultimately became a traitor to the patriot cause?

Historian Joyce Lee Malcolm skillfully unravels the man behind the myth and gives us a portrait of the true Arnold and his world. There was his dramatic victory against the British at Saratoga in 1777 and his troubled childhood in a pre-revolutionary America beset with class tension and economic instability. We witness his brilliant wartime military exploits and learn of his contentious relationship with a newly formed and fractious Congress, fearful of powerful military leaders, like Arnold, who could threaten the nation’s fragile democracy.

Throughout, Malcolm weaves in portraits of Arnold’s great allies―George Washington, General Schuyler, his beautiful and beloved wife Peggy Shippen, and others―as well as his unrelenting enemy John Adams, British General Clinton, and master spy John Andre. Thrilling and thought-provoking, The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold sheds new light on a man―as well on the nuanced and complicated time in which he lived.



Honorable Mention

Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, Valley Forge

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Bob Drury, the recipient of several national journalism awards, is a three-time National Magazine Award finalist as well as a Pulitzer Prize nominee. Drury honed his investigative skills writing for all four New York City newspapers, as well as a variety of national publications. His journalism career has arced from sports to crime to adventure travel to foreign correspondence where, at GQ magazine and Men’s Health magazine, he reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, Bosnia, and Northern Ireland, as well as Darfur, Havana, and Port au Prince, among other sites. He is also the author, co-author, or editor of ten non-fiction books.

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Tom Clavin was born in the Bronx and grew up on Long Island. After studies at Suffolk County Community College, University of Southern California, SUNY Albany, and SUNY Stony Brook, he emerged with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English and Literature. In the newspaper business, he was a reporter for 15 years for The New York Times, served as managing editor at The East Hampton Star, and for 10 years he was editor-in-chief of The Independent group of weekly newspapers. Tom has also been a columnist and contributing writer at The Press News Group on eastern Long Island. As a freelance writer, he wrote for several prominent magazines on a variety of topics, including Men’s Journal, Smithsonian, Parade, Reader’s Digest, Golf, and Cosmopolitan. He has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and National Newspaper Association.

About Valley Forge

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On December 19, 1777, some twelve thousand members of America’s nascent Continental Army staggered into Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, a small encampment twenty-three miles northwest of British-occupied Philadelphia. The starving and half-naked force was reeling from a string of demoralizing defeats at the hands of King George III’s army, and barely equipped to survive the coming winter. Their commander in chief, the focused and forceful George Washington, was at the lowest ebb of his military career. With the Continental Congress in exile and its treasury depleted, the American Revolution appeared lost.

As the days and weeks passed, however, Washington embarked on a mission to transform his troops from a bobtail army of citizen soldiers into a professional fighting force. Keeping a wary eye out for a British attack, he was aided by a trio of home-grown generals as well as a young coterie of American advisors and foreign volunteers led by Alexander Hamilton, John Laurens, and the Marquis de Lafayette. Within six months, Washington had achieved his miracle.

Valley Forge is the riveting true story of an underdog United States toppling an empire. Using new and rarely seen contemporaneous documents- and drawing on a cast of iconic characters and remarkable moments that capture the innovation and energy that led to the birth of our nation- The New York Times bestselling authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin provide a breathtaking account of this seminal and previously undervalued moment in American history.



Honorable Mention

Albert Louis Zambone, Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life

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Albert Louis Zambone earned his doctorate in American History from the University of Oxford, an MA in Medieval Studies at the Catholic University of America, and a BA in History from Johns Hopkins University. He has received a number of scholarships and awards in the field of early American history, including a Rockefeller Fellowship from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Host of the popular audience format podcast Historically Thinking, this is his first book.



About Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life


Daniel Morgan was the action hero of the American Revolution. In this biography—the first to appear in over fifty years—historian Albert Louis Zambone depicts an ordinary man who became extraordinary. Morgan was a homeless, illiterate teenage laborer who, with burning ambition, dogged determination, and a great deal of luck, became a landowner and congressman during the early years of the Republic, and one of America’s greatest battlefield commanders. The author provides a rich portrait of Morgan’s life and context, creating an engrossing portrait of a forgotten American original in the age of American revolutions—a common man in uncommon times.


About the Book Award

Which Books Qualify?
All qualifying book submission's thesis must align with the Museum's mission: Fraunces Tavern Museum’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history of the American Revolutionary era through public education. This mission is fulfilled through the interpretation and preservation of the Museum's collections, landmarked buildings and varied public programs that serve the community. Books written specifically about a topic relating directly to the American Revolutionary War will be given greater consideration. Books must be published within the calendar year under review / date published.

How are Books Submitted?
Books are submitted to the Education & Public Programs Coordinator at Fraunces Tavern Museum. Only publishers, authors and similar book representatives may submit books. To contact the Coordinator, email:

Submissions must include the following:

  • Two copies of the book

  • Book synopsis

  • Author's bio

  • Publisher's name

  • Book representative's contact information

  • Author(s) must be able to attend the Book Award Ceremony in order to officially receive the award.

Mail Book Award submissions to:

Fraunces Tavern Museum
Attn: Book Award Committee
54 Pearl Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10004

When are winners announced?
The Book Award Winner, Runner-Up and Honorable Mention will be announced the last week in February after the close of the qualifying year. Recipients will be notified using the submitted contact information.

The Winner, Runner-Up and Honorable Mention will be invited to attend the Museum’s annual Battles of Lexington and Concord Dinner & Fraunces Tavern® Museum Book Award Presentation in April, where they will be presented with the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award. Recipients must be able to attend the ceremony in order to officially receive the Book Award.

Past Recipients of the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award

2018 Winner
Russell Shorto, Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom
2018 Honorable Mention
Harlow Giles Unger, First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee and the Call for Independence
2018 Lifetime Achievement Award
Thomas Fleming, The Strategy of Victory: How General George Washington Won the American Revolution

2017 Winner
Alan Taylor, American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804
2017 Honorable Mentions
Larrie D. Ferreiro, Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It
Mark Edward Lender & Garry Wheeler Stone, Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign and the Politics of Battle

2016 Winner
John Ferling, Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War that Won It
2016 Honorable Mentions
Derek W. Beck, Igniting the American Revolution: 1773-1775
Don Glickstein, After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence

2015 Winner
Nick Bunker, An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America
2015 Honorable Mentions
Philip Papas, Renegade Revolutionary: The Life of General Charles Lee
Tim McGrath, Give Me A Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea

View a full list of past award winners.