The Ridenhour Book Prize


Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Rajiv Chandrasekaran, 2007 recipient of the Ridenhour Book Prize, is the author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone, an exemplary work of reportage that takes us behind the barricaded walls of Baghdad's Green Zone. Read more



Anthony Shadid

Anthony Shadid, 2006 recipient of the Ridenhour Book Prize, is the author of Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War, a moving account of everyday Iraqis caught in the crossfire of international conflict. Read more



Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, 2005 recipient of the Ridenhour Book Prize, chronicles a decade in the life of one family in her novel Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, a haunting account of the day-to-day realities of urban poverty. Read more



Deborah Scroggins

Deborah Scroggins, recipient of the inaugural Ridenhour Book Prize, is the author of Emma's War: An Aid Worker, Radical Islam, and the Politics of Oil – A True Story of Love and Death in the Sudan. It is both the riveting story of a British aid worker and the local warlord she marries, and a revealing look at Sudan: a world where international aid fuels armies instead of the starving, and where the government is locked in battle with other groups over oil. Read more