MOUNT VERNON, Va.—An MIT professor's book detailing the bare-knuckled political brawl by America's Founding Fathers to win ratification of the Constitution has received the $50,000 George Washington Book Prize.
History professor Pauline Maier received the award Wednesday at Washington's Mount Vernon estate, where Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito presented the prize.
Maier's book, "Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788," picks up where the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia left off, detailing the state-by-state battle to have the document ratified.
The prize honors what judges deem the year's best book about America's founding era. Washington College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History co-sponsor the prize with Mount Vernon.