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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 Book Award Winner: Joyce Lee Malcolm

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Congratulations to Joyce Lee Malcolm, the winner of the 2019 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award! Her book, The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life, re-examines the life of Benedict Arnold, one of the most controversial figures in American history. Listen to her speech from the Battles of Lexington and Concord Dinner below.

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

2019 Winner
Joyce Lee Malcolm, The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life.
2019 Honorable Mention
Bob Drury & Tom Clavin, Valley Forge
Albert Louis Zambone, Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life.

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.