Conservative Book of the Year Award

ISI’s Conservative Book of the Year award recognizes thoughtful books that contribute to the rich debate about important conservative ideas. The winner receives a $10,000 cash prize along with ISI’s Paolucci Book Award.


Yoram Hazony, The Virtue of Nationalism

And the Winner Is…

The votes are in. And the winner of the 2019 Conservative Book of the Year award is . . .

Yoram Hazony for The Virtue of Nationalism!

Dr. Hazony accepted the award at ISI’s Conservative Book of the Year Dinner in Chicago on March 30.

C-SPAN’s Book TV will broadcast his talk on Saturday, April 6.


About the 2019 Award Winner

Yoram Hazony is the author of The Virtue of Nationalism. Critics hail this book as “a classic . . . a tour de force” (National Review), “a uniquely insightful guide to the forces transforming the politics of the West” (Yuval Levin), “one of the most important books on one of the most important controversies of our time” (New Criterion), “an excellent book” (City Journal), “influential and prophetic” (The Federalist), and “a model of engaged political philosophy” (Modern Age). Hazony serves as president of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem and director of the John Templeton Foundation’s project in Jewish Philosophical Theology.

The Award

ISI honors the Conservative Book of the Year with the Paolucci Book Award. The award is named in memory of Henry and Anne Paolucci, distinguished scholars, teachers, and writers who exemplified the ideal of the public intellectual.

About Henry and Anne Paolucci

Henry Paolucci
Henry Paolucci, PhD (1922–1999)

Henry Paolucci was a prolific scholar of classical politics and literature. He was a professor of government and politics at St. John’s University and also taught ancient Greek and Roman history at Iona College, Brooklyn College, and the City College of New York, as well as a graduate course on Dante and medieval culture at Columbia University. Dr. Paolucci wrote or edited more than 30 books and was a frequent contributor to national magazines and newspapers. He is well known for his studies of the political thought of Aristotle, Saint Augustine, Machiavelli, and Hegel.

The founding president of the Walter Bagehot Council on National Sovereignty, Dr. Paolucci served for many years as vice chairman of the Conservative Party of New York State. In 1964 he ran as the Conservative candidate for the U.S. Senate against Democrat Robert F. Kennedy and the Republican incumbent, Kenneth Keating.

Anne Paolucci
Anne Paolucci, PhD (1926–2012)

Anne Paolucci displayed a wide range of intellectual interests in her long and distinguished scholarly career. Born in Rome, she settled with her family in New York at the age of eight and went on to earn a PhD from Columbia University. Dr. Paolucci taught English at the City College of New York before joining the faculty of St. John’s University as its first University Research Professor. A prolific writer on Renaissance drama, dramatic theory, Hegelian aesthetics, Spenser, Dante, Machiavelli, and classical and Shakespearean tragedy, she was perhaps best known for her work on the plays of Pirandello and of Edward Albee.

Dr. Paolucci was the founding president of the Council on National Literatures. For nearly a decade she served on the National Council on the Humanities, and she became the first woman to chair the Board of ­Trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY).