Who Said Gold and Silver is Meant for Conquistadors Only?

Profs. Matthew Gallman and Cynthia Barnett won the silver and gold medals in the general nonfiction category for books published in 2015.

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Gallman, who is a professor in the history department, and a nationally distinguished scholar in Civil War history, secured the silver for Defining Duty in the Civil War: Personal Choice, Popular Culture, and the Union Home Front. Defining Duty is his fifth solo-authored book.

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Barnett (MA, UF history 2004), a visiting professor in the UF school of journalism, took the gold for her book Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and is a short-listed finalist for the PEN/ E. O. Wilson prize in science writing (winner to be announced April 11). This was the second nonfiction gold award for Barnett,  who won it in 2009 for Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the U.S.  Rain is her third book.

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