The Nobel Prize: A History of Genius, Controversy, and Prestige

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Arcade, Oct 9, 2012 - History - 512 pages
Founded by the brilliant, misanthropic inventor of dynamite, the Nobel Prize has for a hundred years claimed to identify the summit of human achievement. But what exactly is the Nobel Institution? How does it choose its winners? Has it ever made a mistake? And why does the prize hold such importance? With deft insight and sparkling wit, Burton Feldman considers these questions while taking us on a fascinating tour of every aspect of Alfred Nobel's grand legacy: its founder, its aura, its fields of award—literature, physics, chemistry, medicine, peace, and economics—and its laureates' personalities and rivalries, as well as its biases, controversies, and blunders.  
 The first comprehensive and critical survey ever written of the world's most famous award, The Nobel Prize is a masterly synthesis of biography, storytelling, and interdisciplinary analysis, ranging easily and confidently from literature to science to politics to economics. This monumental, witty, and eloquent book will remain the definitive work on the prize for decades to come, remarkable for its comprehensiveness, depth of insight, and never-failing capacity to surprise and entertain.

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An accessible history of the most glamorous of international awards. As the introduction announces, "the Nobel Prizes are the most coveted and most potent awards of our time," trumpeted in the media ... Read full review

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Between 1901 and 1999, 687 individuals and 16 organizations received Nobel Prizes. From the beginning, the awards were embroiled in controversy when the selection committee for literature began by ... Read full review

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Burton Feldman earned his PhDin the History of Ideas and Science at the University of Chicago. He taught atthe Universities of Chicago, Maryland, Denver, Colorado at Boulder, and atHebrew University in Jerusalem, and wrote on religion and myth, literarycriticism, and politics. He passed away in 2003.

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