Nisid Hajari has won the 2016 William E. Colby Award for his book, Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition.
Now in its 17th year, the Colby prize is awarded annually by Norwich University to a first-time author in recognition of a work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations, or international affairs.
Hajari oversees Asia coverage for Bloomberg View, the editorial page of Bloomberg News. He writes editorials on Asian politics and economics and edits Bloomberg’s opinion columns and commentary from the region. Midnight’s Furies, his first book, has been named one of the best books of 2015 by NPR, Quartz, the Daily Beast, the Seattle Times, and Amazon.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be named the recipient of the 2016 Colby Award,” Hajari said. “To join the company of such distinguished military and historical writers as Jon Meacham and Dexter Filkins is a tremendous honor, and it’s particularly gratifying that the judges chose to highlight a subject that may be unfamiliar to many American readers.”
Midnight’s Furies covers the 1947 partition of India and the violence that surrounded that event.
Carlo D’Este, the executive director of the Colby Symposium and the esteemed author of several books on WWII including biographies of Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton, and Winston Churchill, describes Midnight’s Furies as “noteworthy, superbly readable, and very timely.”
D’Este says Hajari’s book explores not only one of the “most historic events of the twentieth century but one that has powerful implications for the vital interests of the United States in one of the most unstable and dangerous regions of the world, where extremism and terrorism prevail.”
“Norwich University and the Colby Symposium are pleased to confer this honor on Nisid Hajari, the latest in a long-line of distinguished authors to receive the Colby Award.”
Prior to working at Bloomberg, Hajari spent 10 years as a top editor at Newsweek International and Newsweek magazine in New York, during which the magazine won over 50 awards for its international coverage. From 1997 to 2001, Hajari helped to create TIME‘s first Asian edition in Hong Kong, winning two General Excellence Awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia. He has written for the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Esquire, Slate, Foreign Policy, Businessweek, and Conde Nast Traveler, among other publications. Hajari helped edit the best-selling essay collection, “Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia’s Next Superpower.”
Hajari has appeared as a commentator on foreign affairs for CNN, BBC, and National Public Radio and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He currently lives in Singapore.
Winners of the Colby book award receive a $5,000 author honorarium provided through a grant from the Chicago-based Tawani Foundation. The award and honorarium will be presented to Hajari at Norwich University during the 2016 William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium on April 6-7. The symposium is open to the public. Register to attend the event.
Named for the late ambassador and former CIA director William E. Colby, the Colby Award recognizes a first work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a significant contribution to the public’s understanding of intelligence operations, military history or international affairs. The William E. Colby Award began at Norwich University in 1999.
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- 2014, Logan Beirne, Blood of Tyrants: George Washington and the Forging of the Presidency (Encounter Books)
- 2013, Thomas P. McKenna, Kontum: The Battle to Save South Vietnam (The University Press of Kentucky)
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- 2011, Karl Marlantes, Matterhorn (Atlantic Monthly Press)
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- 2009, Dexter Filkins, The Forever War (Knopf 2008)
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- 2008, R. Alan King, Twice Armed: An American Soldier’s Battle for Hearts and Minds in Iraq (Zenith Press 2006)
- 2007, Ian W. Toll, Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy (W.W. Norton & Company 2006)
- 2007, John A Glusman, Conduct Under Fire: Four American Doctors and Their Fight for Life as Prisoners of the Japanese 1941-1945 (Viking 2005)
- 2006, Kevin J. Weddle, Lincoln’s Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont (University of Virginia Press 2005);
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- 2004, Bing West and Major General Ray L. Smith, USMC (Ret.), The March Up (Bantam)
- 2004, Robert L. Bateman, No Gun Ri (Stackpole)
- 2003, Bryan Mark Rigg, Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers (University Press of Kansas)
- 2002, Patrick K. O’Donnell, Beyond Valor (The Free Press)
- 2002, Ralph Wetterhahn, The Last Battle (Avalon Publishing)
- 2001, James Bradley with Ron Powers, Flags of Our Fathers (Bantam)
- 2000, B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley, Stolen Valor (Verity Press)
- 1999, Fred Chiaventone, A Road We Do Not Know (Simon & Schuster)
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