The first annual Powerline Book Award winner was announced today.

This year the award goes to Norman Podhoretz for his outstanding analysis on the war against radical Islam:
World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism

Powerline reported this exciting news today:

We proudly announce our selection of World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism by Norman Podhoretz as the Power Line book of the year (2007). Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous benefactor, a contribution of $25,000 will be made in honor of the author to Soldiers’ Angels, thus giving the award a larger financial component than any of the major book awards. By comparison, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle awards provide for a $10,000 payment to the winning authors. With this award it is our intention to raise awareness of one of the several outstanding books published by conservative authors last year that have been or will be given short shrift by the Pulitzer and NBCC judges.

We judge Podhoretz’s book perhaps the most important published last year. It is an elegantly written assessment of the long war in which we are engaged, and a passionate defense of the Bush Doctrine…

Next Monday we will host a gala dinner in honor of Podhoretz. Among the guests scheduled to appear and comment on the issues raised by Podhoretz’s book are Henry Kissinger and Mark Steyn. We hope the occasion will provide a signal opportunity to reflect on the issues Podhoretz has engaged at a time when the Bush administration itself appears to be beating a hasty retreat from the Bush Doctrine in favor of Iraq Study Group “realism” or Clintonian vacuity on fronts other than Iraq. We plan to return with a report or two on the event next week.

JOHN adds: Monday night’s dinner, which will be in New York, should be a fabulous event. We will present the Book of the Year award to Norman Podhoretz, and a check for $25,000 to Soldiers’ Angels. Some of the most important thinkers on the issue of Islamic extremism, including Podhoretz, Kissinger and Steyn, will speak. C-Span may or may not cover the event, but either way, there should be excellent video footage available.

Among other things, it promises to be a “new media” milestone.

The biggest cash prize in American letters isn’t the Pulitzer or the National Book Award–prizes which are unlikely ever to go to a conservative writer. It’s the Power Line Book of the Year Award. And it will honor a book that dwarfs in scope and ambition just about all of the works published on current events in 2007.

Congratulations to Powerline and congratulations to Norman Podhoretz!

** I’d also like to add that I have been invited to the presentation this Monday night in New York City. I am very excited about attending this historic event and plan on liveblogging the ceremony.
Much thanks to my friends at Powerline for this great honor.

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