AWARD YEAR: 2014
AWARD NAME: The Cornelius Ryan Award
AWARD RECIPIENT: Evan Osnos
AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
AWARD HONORED WORK: Age of Ambition
A powerful look into the soul of China as its 1.3 billion inhabitants clamor for economic and spiritual success after decades of deprivation. The book is distinguished by Osnos’s ability to penetrate Chinese society at all levels and tell revealing stories about the country’s breakneck transformation. The writing is elegant, and the first-hand reporting breaks new ground in explaining the trajectory of today’s China.