OAKLAND, CATwo books published in 2016 by the Independent InstituteCrossroads for Liberty and Nature Unboundhave won prestigious book awards for their excellence. The awards have been announced and will be presented at conferences in May and June.
Crossroads for Liberty: Recovering the Anti-Federalist Values of Americas First Constitutionby William J. Watkins, Jr. (Research Fellow, Independent Institute) is the 2017 Gold Winner in the Politics & Current Events category of the Independent Book Publishing Associations 29th Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards.
The Benjamin Franklin Awards webpage says of the book, In a time of increasing turmoil over American history, politics, and society, Crossroad for Liberty takes a surprising and thought-provoking look at the American Revolution, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution, and asks what we can learn from them.
Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs. the Environment, by Randy T Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk, and Kenneth J. Sim (Fellows, Independent Institute) has received the 2017 Gold Medal IPPY Award in the Environment/Ecology/Nature category. Given out annually, the IPPYsmore formally known as the Independent Publisher Book Awardshonor the years best independently published books in the world.
Winning a Gold IPPY Award is especially noteworthy because of the tremendous number of book submissionsjust short of 5,000 entries from 32 countries, according to Independent Publisher. It is always a Herculean task for our judges to pick the best of the best out of so many wonderful books, its IPPY Award webpage said.
We are honored and thrilled that the book industry has recognized Crossroads for Liberty and Nature Unbound for their excellence, said David J. Theroux, President and Founder of the Independent Institute. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to the Independent Book Publishers Association and Independent Publisher for these important awardsand to our superb authors and publishing team.
The awards are the latest honors for the Independent Institutes scholarly book program, which publishes 5 to 7 peer-reviewed books annually on important social and economic issues. In the past decade, Independent has received 11 IPPY awards, including four Gold Medals. Independent has also received two Benjamin Franklin Awards.
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