Adam Hochschild (pronunciation: "Hoch" as in "talked"; "schild" as in "construct") released his first book, "Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son," in 1986. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times called it "an extraordinarily moving portrait of the complexities and confusions of inherited love ... firmly seated in the particulars of a specific time and location, conjuring up them using Proustian detail and affection" It was followed closely by "The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey," and "The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin." His 1997 group, "Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels," won the PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay. "King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa" was a finalist for the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award. It also acquired a J. Anthony Lukas award in the USA, and the Duff Cooper Prize in England. Five of the books have been named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. His first "Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves" was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award in Nonfiction and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History.
Hochschild's "To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918" was a finalist for its 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction and won the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction. Both it and his most recent book, the 2016 "Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939," have been New York Times bestsellers.
The Historical Association gave Hochschild its own 2008 Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, a trophy given each year to a person outside the academy who was made a significant contribution to this analysis o
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