James L. Ferguson Professor of History Maurice Isserman was presented with the University of Rochester’s Andrew Eiseman Writer’s Award for Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes on Dec. 10, in Rochester. Isserman and co-writer Stewart Weaver of the University of Rochester will share the award and its $1,000 prize.
A 2008 New York Times review called Fallen Giants “an awe-inspiring work of history and storytelling.” Fallen Giants won the Banff Prize for best mountaineering history and a National Outdoor Book Award in 2008 and has appeared on both The New York Times Book Review “editors’ pick of the week” list and the Amazon.com 2008 top 10 list of outdoor and nature books.
The Eiseman Award was established in 2006 through a gift from 1979 University of Rochester graduate Andrew Eiseman and celebrates writers from western New York. It is sponsored by the university’s River Campus Libraries to “increase their engagement with the literary community while strengthening its mission to support intellectual endeavor.”