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


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.