The 10th annual National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA) have been announced, and in the “History: United States” category Crossing Swords: Mary Baker Eddy vs. Victoria Claflin Woodhull and the Battle for the Soul of Marriage by Cindy Safronoff was the finalist. This is essentially second place.
The significance of the US History book award
This is the second time Crossing Swords has been named a finalist in the US history category of a book award. Previously it was an award-winning finalist for “History: United States” in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards. These awards are significant because they show that the topic of the book is relevant to American history generally.
Other winners in US History
The NIEA “History: United States” category winner this year was Shot Down: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth by Steve Snyder, an account of his father’s military experiences after crashing in Nazi occupied Belgium during World War II created from letters, diaries, and personal interviews.
In 2015, the winner in the NIEA US History category was The Second Mourning (The Untold Story of America’s Most Bizarre Political Murder) by Stephen G. Yanoff and the two finalists were Limited Government and the Bill of Rights by Patrick M. Garry and Small Moments: A Child’s Memories of the Civil Rights Movement by Mary M. Barrow.
Another book featuring Victoria Woodhull was also selected as a finalist in another category. Neal Katz’s Notorious, The Victoria Woodhull Saga Volume 1: Rags to Riches was selected in a fiction category.
The 2016 NIEA finalists and winners have been posted on the indie excellence website.
The National Indie Excellence Awards were founded by Ellen Reid to recognize excellence in book publishing. The organization is based in Santa Barbara, California.
Crossing Swords: Mary Baker Eddy vs. Victoria Claflin Woodhull and the Battle for the Soul of Marriage by Cindy Peyser Safronoff (This One Thing, July 4, 2015) is available on Amazon, by special order through your favorite local bookstore (through Ingram), and at a growing list of public libraries.