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Past Winners of the Book Prize

The Washington Institute Book Prize is awarded annually to three outstanding new books that have illuminated the Middle East for American readers. With this prize, The Washington Institute seeks to acknowledge the very best new works on the region and encourage authors and publishers to produce books of unique quality and insight.

The Washington Institute awards prizes annually: a Gold Prize, a Silver Prize, and a Bronze Prize. The selection of the winners is made by a distinguished jury, comprised of accomplished authors who are expert on the Middle East. Publishers may submit nonfiction books on any subject that bears on the modern Middle East or America's role in the region. Submissions are due by May 1 of each year, for awards made the following autumn.

2017 Prize Winners

The 2017 Washington Institute Book Prize recipients were Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman, by Itamar Rabinovich (Gold Medal); Ike's Gamble: America's Rise to Dominance in the Middle East, by Michael Doran (Silver Medal); and Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran's Revolutionary Guards, by Afshon Ostovar (Bronze Medal). To learn more about the 2016 recipients of the Washington Institute Book Prize, read the award announcement.

2016 Prize Winners

The 2016 Washington Institute Book Prize recipients were The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron, by Colin Shindler (Gold Medal); Captive Society: The Basij Militia and Social Control in Iran, by Saeid Golkar (Silver Medal); and The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, by Zalmay Khalilzad (Bronze Medal). To learn more about the 2016 recipients of the Washington Institute Book Prize, read the award announcement.

2015 Prize Winners

The 2015 Washington Institute Book Prize recipients were Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947, a behind-the-scenes look at the tumultuous period leading up to the collapse of British colonial rule in Palestine and the establishment of the Jewish state, by Bruce Hoffman (Gold Medal); Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel, by Anita Shapira (Silver Medal); and The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism, by Toby Matthiesen. To learn more about the 2015 recipients of the Washington Institute Book Prize, read the award announcement.

2014 Prize Winners

The 2014 Washington Institute Book Prize recipients were America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, by Hugh Wilford (Gold Medal); Days of God: The Revolution in Iran and Its Consequences, by James Buchan (Silver Medal); and Bronze Medalists Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity, by Samuel Tadros, and My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, by Ari Shavit. To learn more about the 2014 recipients of the Washington Institute Book Prize, read the award announcement.

2013 Prize Winners

The 2013 Washington Institute Book Prize recipients were The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran by David Crist (Gold Medal), The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War by Fred Kaplan (Silver Prize), and Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Elliott Abrams (Bronze Prize). To learn more about the 2013 recipients of the Washington Institute Book Prize, read the award announcement.

2012 Prize Winners

The 2012 Washington Institute Book Prize recipients were The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square by Steven A. Cook (Gold Medal), The Anatomy of Israel's Survival, by Hirsh Goodman (Silver Medal), and Patriot of Persia, by Christopher de Bellaigue (Bronze Medal). To learn more about the 2012 recipients of the Washington Institute Book Prize, read or watch the award announcement.

2011 Prize Winners

The 2011 Washington Institute Book Prize recipients were The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and al-Qaeda by Peter L. Bergen (Gold Medal), The Road to Fatima Gate: The Beirut Spring, the Rise of Hizbollah, and the Iranian War against Israel by Michael J. Totten (Silver Medal), and Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Contemporary Saudi Arabia by Stéphane Lacroix (Bronze Medal). To learn more about the 2011 recipients of the Washington Institute Book Prize, read the award announcement.

2010 Prize Winners

The 2010 Washington Institute Book Prize recipients were From Empathy to Denial: Arab Responses to the Holocaust by Meir Litvak and Esther Webman (Gold Medal), The Ghosts of Martyrs Square: An Eyewitness Account of Lebanon's Life Struggle by Michael Young (Silver Medal), and Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World by Jeffrey Herf (Bronze Medal). To learn more about the 2010 recipients of the Washington Institute Book Prize, read the award announcement.

2009 Prize Winners

The 2009 Washington Institute Book Prize recipients were A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel by Allis and Ronald Radosh (Gold Medal), The Crisis of Islamic Civilization by Ali A. Allawi (Silver Medal), and Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East by Martin Indyk (Bronze Medal). To learn more about the 2009 recipients of the Washington Institute Book Prize, read the award announcement.

2008 Prize Winners

The 2008 Washington Institute Book Prize recipients were The Siege of Mecca by Yaroslav Trofimov (Gold Medal), Foxbats over Dimona by Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez (Silver Medal), and Worlds at War by Anthony Pagden (Bronze Medal). To learn more about the 2008 recipients of the Washington Institute Book Prize, read the award announcement.