Honoring Important Contributions to the Conservative Intellectual Tradition
Each year, ISI’s community of thoughtful readers puts together a list of the most significant contributions to the conservative canon published in the past year. A panel of judges then selects one author who will receive ISI’s prestigious Paolucci Book Award and a $10,000 cash prize.
The winner of the 2022 Conservative Book of the Year award is Victor Davis Hanson for his book, The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America.
Hanson will receive this award at ISI’s Conservative Book of the Year Award Dinner on Friday, May 13, at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware. This Dinner is part of ISI’s second annual Homecoming Weekend. Tickets for both the Dinner and the entire weekend are available.
To be considered for the Conservative Book of the Year award, a book must:
- Have been published during the previous calendar year, up to and including December 31
- Advance our understanding of conservative principles
- Make an outstanding contribution to the literature of the subject
- Avoid factional or partisan argumentation
Recent winners of ISI’s Conservative Book of the Year award include Victor Davis Hanson for The Dying Citizen, Yuval Levin for A Time to Build, Wilfred M. McClay for Land of Hope, Yoram Hazony for The Virtue of Nationalism, Rod Dreher for The Benedict Option, and Bradley J. Birzer for Russell Kirk: American Conservative. A distinguished panel of judges will select the year’s winner, taking considerations based on a general vote for each year’s finalists.