The Byrd Center is pleased to pass along the announcement that one of our board members and longtime friend and colleague Dr. Richard A. Baker, the Senate Historian Emeritus has won the prestigious D. B. Hardeman Award for the best book on Congress. Our entire board and the staff of the Byrd Center express our heartiest congratulations.
Here is the official announcement from the LBJ Foundation in Austin, TX.
The LBJ Foundation will award the 27th D.B. Hardeman Prize to the authors of The American Senate: An Insider’s History at a dinner at the LBJ Presidential Library on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Author Richard A. Baker and Deirdre MacNeil, who will accept the award on behalf of her father Neil MacNeil, will split the $10,000 prize that accompanies the recognition of being the best book written on the U.S. Congress in 2013.
In The American Senate, Richard A. Baker, historian emeritus of the Senate, and Neil MacNeil, former chief congressional correspondent for Time magazine, integrate nearly a century of combined experience on Capitol Hill with deep research and state-of-the-art scholarship. They explore the Senate’s historical evolution with one eye on persistent structural pressures and the other on recent transformations.
Mr. Baker will also be speaking to students at The LBJ School of Public Affairs on May 7 to discuss the book and the current state of Congress. Books will also be available for purchase.
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