Colby Award


About Ambassador Colby
Ambassador Colby was a longtime friend of Norwich University, which awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service in 1992. He authored two important books, "Lost Victory: A Firsthand Account of America’s Involvement in Vietnam" and "Honorable Men - My Life in the CIA." He was a decorated World War II veteran who served with the OSS in World War II and later with the CIA. From 1951–1962, Colby served with the American Embassies in Stockholm, Rome, and Saigon. He was Ambassador and Deputy to the Commander of the U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam from 1968 to 1971. Colby served as Director of the CIA from 1973-76. In honor of his commitment to Norwich University and the symposium, the program was named The William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium in 1997.

Since 2009, the Colby Award has been presented exclusively by Tawani Foundation in association with the Pritzker Military Library.

As of 2012, the Colby Award has returned to it's original home at the Norwich University campus. For more information, please visit www.colby.norwich.edu/award/.

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William E. Colby Award
Recipients

2013
Thomas McKenna Kontum
2012
Michael Franzak A Nightmare's Prayer (Threshold Editions)
2011
Karl Marlantes Matterhorn (Atlantic Monthly Press)
2010
Colonel Jack Jacobs (Ret.) & Douglas Century If Not Now, When?
(Berkley Caliber 2008)
2009
Dexter Filkins The Forever War (Knopf 2008)
Marcus Luttrell Lone Survivor (Little, Brown and Company, 2007)
2008
R. Alan King Twice Armed: An American Soldier’s Battle for Hearts and Minds in Iraq (Zenith Press 2006)
2007
Ian W. Toll Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy
(W.W. Norton & Company  2006)
2007
John A Glusman Conduct Under Fire: Four American Doctors and Their Fight for Life as Prisoners of the Japanese 1941-1945(Viking 2005)
2006
Kevin J. Weddle Lincoln’s Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont
(University of Virginia Press 2005)
2006
Nathaniel Fick One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer
(Houghton-Mifflin 2005)
2005
Jon Meacham Franklin and Winston: An Epic Story of an Intimate Friendship (Random House)
2005
MG Sid Shachnow, USA (Ret.) and Jann Robbins Hope and Honor (Forge Books)
2004
Bing West and Major General Ray L. Smith, USMC (Ret.) The March Up (Bantam)
2004
Robert L. Bateman No Gun Ri (Stackpole)
2003
Bryan Mark Rigg Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers (University Press of Kansas)
2002
Patrick K. O’Donnell Beyond Valor (The Free Press)
2002
Ralph Wetterhahn The Last Battle (Avalon Publishing)
2001
James Bradley with Ron Powers Flags of Our Fathers (Bantam)
2000
B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley Stolen Valor (Verity Press)
1999
Fred Chiaventone A Road We Do Not Know (Simon & Schuster)
1999
Bill Harlow Circle William (Scribner)