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Book Awards and Other Awards Won by the Independent Institute

Since its founding in 1987, the Independent Institute has won numerous awards for its many books, videos, and other programs, as well as by its many Fellows.

Crisis and Leviathan
Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government (25th Anniversary Edition)

  • One of The Five Best Introductory Books on Public Choice
Curing the Healthcare Crisis

2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards (“IPPY” Awards)

  • Silver Winner in Health/Medicine/Nutrition

2013 Eric Hoffer Book Award

  • Winner in “Culture” Category
Living Economics
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

2012 Foundation for Economic Education Awards

  • Best Book in Austrian Economics

  • One of The Five Best Introductory Books in Austrian Economics
2012 Sir Antony Fisher Award Finalist
The Independent Review, March 2012

2012 Sir Antony Fisher Award Finalist (March 2012): The Atlas Network selected The Independent Review, the Independent Institute’s scholarly quarterly journal, as a Finalist for the 2012 Sir Antony Fisher Award.

Since 1990, Atlas has honored its late founder via the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Awards. The Fisher Award recognizes the institutes that published a book, magazine, report, monograph, or study that, in the opinion of the judges, made the greatest contribution to public understanding of the free society.

Financing Failure
A Century of Bailouts

2013 Eric Hoffer Book Award

  • Honorable Mention in “Business” Category
No War for Oil
U.S. Dependency and the Middle East

2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards (“IPPY” Awards)

  • Gold Medal Winner in Current Events (Foreign Affairs/Military)
Beyond Politics
The Roots of Government Failure (Revised and Updated Edition)

  • One of the Five Best Books on Public Choice

2012 Eric Hoffer Award

  • Honorable Mention in “Reference” Category (2011 Revised Edition)

1995 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award (Awarded by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation)

  • Third Place (1995 First Edition)
The New Holy Wars
Economic Religion vs. Environmental Religion in Contemporary America

2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards)

  • Silver Medal Winner in Finance/Investment/Economics

2010 Eric Hoffer Award

  • Grand Prize Winner
Race & Liberty in America
The Essential Reader

Choice Magazine (American Library Association)

  • Compilation of Significant University Press Titles for Undergraduates
Depression, War, and Cold War
Challenging the Myths of Conflict and Prosperity

Choice Magazine (January 2008) (American Library Association)

  • Outstanding Academic Book

    “This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it extraordinary recognition of the academic library community. The list is quite selective. . . . In awarding Outstanding Academic Titles, the editors apply several criteria to reviewed titles: overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, importance relative to other literature in the field, distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form, originality or uniqueness of treatment, value to undergraduate students, and importance in building undergraduate library collections.”

Society Magazine (January/February 2007)

  • Book of the Month
Heartland Liberty Prize
S. Fred Singer, September 29, 2008

2008 Heartland Liberty Prize: Awarded by the Heartland Institute to Research Fellow S. Fred Singer for “extraordinary contributions to the preservation of liberty in the United States.”

Adam Smith Free Enterprise Award
Richard Vedder, July 2008

2008 Adam Smith Free Enterprise Award: Awarded by the American Legislative Exchange Council to Richard K. Vedder, Senior Fellow, The Independent Institute. Watch Video

The Founders’ Second Amendment (2008)
Origins of the Right to Bear Arms

2009 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards

  • Finalist in Professional/Technical
Lessons from the Poor
Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit

2010 Templeton Freedom Awards for Excellence in Promoting Liberty

  • Winner: Free Market Solutions to Poverty
    “In 2008, the Independent Institute uncovered compelling evidence of the entrepreneurial energy that is the true catalyst of economic progress. In this book Alvaro Vargas Llosa and a select group of economists examined real world examples of successful entrepreneurship. They argue that instead of distributing wealth, developing countries should work to create it. The book examines the business strategies that have enabled individuals with very little means except a wealth of vision and tenacity, to flourish beyond all reasonable expectations. The story-telling style of the book and its effective way of connecting with the general public increases its appeal.”

  • Catalyst
  • Beyond Homeless