Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths wins two international book awards for nonfiction from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA) as a winner in ‘Current Events/Social Change’, and a finalist in ‘Historical Nonfiction’.
Just three titles from university presses were named international winners, but Kings, Conquerors was the only one selected as a winner in one category and a finalist in a second category. In addition to the University of Louisiana Press, other university presses receiving awards included Yale, Iowa, Nebraska, and others.
In their comments explaining the award, the referees noted, “There’s no question about it: this is an unsavory subject, but an irresistible one. Abraham paints fascinating (if very dark) portraits of the worst of humanity, and tries to answer that most important of questions — why does society give power to despots and demagogues? If you liked Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test, you’ll want to read this book.”
Winning in the category ‘Social Change’ is a strong recommendation of the book’s central thesis, a novel analysis demonstrating the importance of diffuse wealth and prosperity in producing the modern world.
The ‘Historical Nonfiction,’ finalist selection is perhaps an equally important award, as the book was not entered in that category; the judges of NGIBA reserve the right to submit books to additional categories. In the case of Kings, Conquerors, they decided the book merited consideration under the second heading, as well.
The Indie Book Awards program was originally named The Book Sense Book of the Year awards, and the award itself was introduced as the ABBY by the American Booksellers Association (ABA) at BookExpo America 2000. The NGIBA represent the largest international book award program for independent publishing, and it was created to highlight the critical role that the Book Sense Picks List—a list of recommendations from independent booksellers— serves in the international publishing industry. The Indie Book Awards are now a service of The Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG).
Next Generation Indie Book Award winners are awarded a cash prize, a medal, a certificate, and access to award stickers to use on hard copies. Winners and Finalists will be honored at the awards reception at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC on Friday June 21, 2019. Winners will be listed in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards which will be distributed to media, book buyers, and book lovers. The catalog will also be distributed at the American Library Association Annual Conference which will be held in Washington, DC in June of 2019.
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