Duff Cooper Prize

The Duff Cooper Prize is a literary prize awarded annually for the best work of history, biography, political science or (very occasionally) poetry.

 

2012 selection

Strindberg: A Life

Duff Cooper Prize 2012

by Sue Prideaux

Novelist, satirist, poet, photographer, painter, alchemist, and hellraiser—August Strindberg was all these, and yet he is principally known, in Arthur Miller's words, as "the mad inventor of modern theater"...


2008 selection

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Duff Cooper Prize 2008, Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2006, National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 2005

by Martin J. Sherwin & Kai Bird

J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war, and who later found himself confronting...


2006 selection

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857

Duff Cooper Prize 2006

by William Dalrymple

In this evocative study of the fall of the Mughal Empire and the beginning of the Raj, award-winning historian William Dalrymple uses previously undiscovered sources to investigate a pivotal moment in history....


2005 selection

Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850

Duff Cooper Prize 2005

by Maya Jasanoff

In this imaginative book, Maya Jasanoff uncovers the extraordinary stories of collectors who lived on the frontiers of the British Empire in India and Egypt, tracing their exploits to tell an intimate history...


2004 selection

Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews  1430-1950

Duff Cooper Prize 2004

by Mark Mazower

Salonica, located in northern Greece, was long a fascinating crossroads metropolis of different religions and ethnicities, where Egyptian merchants, Spanish Jews, Orthodox Greeks, Sufi dervishes, and Albanian...


2003 selection

Gulag: A History

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2004, Duff Cooper Prize 2003

by Anne Applebaum

In this magisterial and acclaimed history, Anne Applebaum offers the first fully documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins in the Russian Revolution, through its expansion under Stalin, to its collapse...