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Winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction

Last night, November 18, my biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt won the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

I am simply overwhelmed, and grateful. With all the outstanding nonfiction books that have been published this year, across so many fields, I feel extraordinarily fortunate to have been selected. Having David Blight, one of the outstanding American historians, chair the nonfiction jury only makes the award more meaningful.

I will post my full remarks later. For now, you can listen to an NPR story that captures the spirit of my remarks, with an audio excerpt, at this link.
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