The Vincent P. DeSantis Book Prize is awarded in odd-numbered years for the best book treating any aspect of United States history in the period 1865-1920 published during the two years preceding the year of the award. It must be the author’s first book. The prize is given in honor of Vincent P. DeSantis, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, a distinguished historian of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
Books written in English and published in the two years before the selection year are eligible. Authors or their publishers should send a copy of each nominated book to all three members of the prize committee. A letter of nomination postmarked no later than October 1 is acceptable, as long as the book itself follows shortly thereafter. For books published between October 1 and December 31 of the second eligible year, final page proofs may be substituted, but in such cases, a bound copy of the book must be provided to each committee member. If a book was published during the eligible period but carries a different copyright date, include a letter of explanation with each copy mailed to the committee members. Please note that in order to be eligible, the nominated work must be an author’s first book.
2013 — DeSantis Prize Winner — Julia C. Ott, When Wall Street Met Main Street: The Quest for an Investors’ Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2011)