Cornell Professor FREDRIK LOGEVALL Wins Pulitzer Prize

Prof. Logevall spoke to CCLA members and guests earlier this month about his prize-winning book--"Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam"

PROF. FREDRIK LOGEVALL won a Pulitzer Prize in History for his book "Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam" (Random House)

How did the United States get drawn into war in Vietnam, ignoring France's bitter post-World War II experience there? In a follow-up to a book focused on America's role in Vietnam in the 1960s, "Choosing War," Mr. Logevall, a professor of history at Cornell, has provided what his Pulitzer citation called "a balanced, deeply researched history" of that long, unintended slide into a conflict that proved unwinnable.

"In teaching the war to undergraduates, I became more and more interested in the French Indochina war," Mr. Logevall said when asked what inspired him to write an 800-page prequel. "I had the sense that the French experience was the key to everything that happened later."

Finalists Bernard Bailyn, "The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675; John Fabian Witt, "Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History."

Source: NY Times, April 16, 2013