Today is the formal “publication date” of Jay Nordlinger’s new book, Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World. It’s already garnering lots of critical praise, such as this from Lou Cannon, the great journalist and Reagan biographer:
This is the ideal book for readers seeking insight into the up-and-down history of the Nobel Peace Prize in a reasonably short compass. Nordlinger provides intriguing mini-biographies of many prizewinners, examines the process by which they were nominated and selected and offers intelligent speculation about why some likely candidates win this coveted award and others don’t. The book is 420 pages but seems much shorter; I learned something on nearly every page. Nordlinger has an agreeable writing style. Although he has strong opinions, he doesn’t beat you over the head with them.
Very cool. Now don’t make me beat you over the head — order your copy here.
P.S. Cannon says, “This delightful book entertained me and enriched my knowledge. How many books do that? If you pick it up, I defy you to put it down until you’ve finished it.” So there.