John C. McManus wins Gilder Lehrman Prize for best book in military history

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John C. McManus

Dr. John C. McManus, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of history at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been awarded the seventh annual Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History for Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 (Dutton-Penguin). The $50,000 prize is awarded by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to recognize the best book in the field of military history published in English during the previous calendar year. 

McManus is in frequent demand as a speaker and expert commentator on 20th and 21st century American war, appearing on Fox News, C-Span, the Military Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Smithsonian Network, History and PBS. 

McManus joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 2000. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee and a master of arts in history and a bachelor of journalism degree, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He received the 2012 Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2014 he was named Curators’ Distinguished Professor of history and political science by the University of Missouri System – the first S&T faculty member in a humanities or social sciences field to achieve that distinction. McManus was named to the UM System 2019-20 class of the Presidential Engagement Fellows based on his demonstrated excellence and ability to communicate his research to the public.

Dr. John C. McManus, Curators' Distinguished Professor of history at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been awarded the seventh annual Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History for Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943 (Dutton-Penguin).