I was casting about trying to find an award to talk about this week when AdmiralNaismith published one of the best best 100 lists of all time. I picked a few books to find what awards they got. I settled on Naomi Klien, Shock Doctrine finalist for the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Shock Doctrine also won a scroll down page of other awards.
The Helen Bernstein Award is in honor of Helen Bernstein.
Dr. Vartan Gregorian, the library's president, said the gift was made by a former New York real-estate broker and developer, Joseph Frank Bernstein, to honor his wife, Helen, a journalist who writes for Palm Beach periodicals, on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary.
These are some very rich people here and it gets confusing. As near as I can figure there are two Helens. They are sisters-in-law. One is Helen Bernstein and the other is Helen Bernstein Fealy. I could be confused on this. They could be the same person.
“Old money is better than new money, but no money is a disgrace. Old families are better than new families, but a poor aristocrat married to a new family with lots of money can hold his head up in Publix.” — From Helen Bernstein Fealy’s classic, “Memoirs of a Burned-Out Social Climber,” in the millenium edition of Palm Beach Life.
The winner of this year's $15,000 prize is going to be chosen from this short list and will be announced June 7, 2011.
The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
“The Tenth Parallel” is a beautifully written book, full of arresting stories woven around a provocative issue — whether fundamentalism leads to violence — which Griswold investigates through individual lives rather than caricatures or abstractions.
The Watchers; The Rise of America’s Surveillance State by Shane Harris (The Penguin Press)
“The Watchers reads like a thriller, and the story is sadly on the mark in describing our limited oversight of the government’s surveillance powers.”–Gregory F. Treverton, Director, Center for Global Risk and Security, Rand Corporation source
Everything is Broken: A Tale of Catastrophe in Burma by Emma Larkin (The Penguin Press)
Emma Larkin chronicles the chaotic days and months that followed the storm, revealing the secretive politics of Burma's military dictatorship and the bizarre combination of vicious military force, religion, and mysticism that defined its unthinkable response to this horrific event. source
All the Devils Are Here: the Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean & Joe Nocera (Portfolio / Penguin Group - USA)
The title alludes to a line in “The Tempest” (“Hell is empty, and all the devils are here”), and fiends surely abound: subprime sleaze kings; bonus-happy Wall Street plutocrats; and, of course, Alan Greenspan, the fallen maestro of the Federal Reserve, whose see-no-evil free-market ideology made a virtue of unchecked financial recklessness. source http://www.nytimes.com/...
The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption and the Control of our Food Supply by Marie-Monique Robin; translated by George Holoch (The New Press)
However, Monsanto now controls the majority of the yield of the world’s genetically modified corn and soy—ingredients found in more than 95 percent of American households—and its alarming legal and political tactics to maintain this monopoly are the subject of worldwide concern source