The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), an organization that teaches students basic conservative principles, has announced the winner of the 2022 Conservative Book of the Year Award: Victor Davis Hanson’s The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Shattering the Idea of America (Basic books).
This annual award recognizes a thoughtful book that contributes to the rich debate on important conservative ideas. An outside panel of nine judges — including bestselling author Amity Shlaes and Jeff Nelson, executive director of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal — chose Hanson’s book from among six outstanding finalists.
Professor Hanson will be honored at the ISI Curator of the Year Book of the Year Awards Dinner on Friday, May 13, 2022 at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware. He will receive the ISI Paolucci Book Award as well as a cash prize of $10,000.
ISI President and CEO John A. Burtka IV said, “ISI is pleased to recognize Victor Davis Hanson’s commitment.The dying citizen as an impressive contribution to the conservative intellectual tradition in America. As Daniel Mahoney wrote in National Review, Hanson’s book is a “welcome corrective to those influential forces and doctrines among us that conspire to delegitimize the citizen and a call to restore the central role of citizenship in American society.” .
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute press release on the award comes from staff at the organization’s headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware.
This year, ISI received over 800 nominations for Curator’s Book of the Year. In addition to Victor Davis Hanson’s book, finalists for the award included:
Donald J. Devine, The Persistent Tension: Capitalism and the Moral Order
Erika Bachiochi, Women’s Rights: Reclaiming a Lost Vision
Sohrab Ahmari, The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in Age of Chaos
Helen Andrews, Boomers: the men and women who promised freedom and caused disaster
Jason Riley, Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell
The finalists were announced via a nationwide information campaign that began January 27 and included submitting information to The Oklahoma City Sentinel. Hanson, based at the Hoover Institution on the campus of Stanford University in California, has become one of America’s best-known voices for limited government, economic freedom and the defense of traditional Judeo-Christian morals. . Hanson is Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He focuses his work for the Institution on classics and military history.
The Conservative Book of the Year award has been around for more than a decade. Notable past winners include Yuval Levin’s A It’s time to buildWilfred M. McClay’s land of hopeby Yoram Hazony The Virtue of Nationalismby Rod Dreher The Benedict optionand Bradley J. Birzer Russell Kirk: American curator.