Inaugural Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History

Author Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy Reads from "The Men Who Lost America" (New York Historical Society and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, March 17, 2014) O'Shaughnessy was one of six finalists for the inaugural Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History, worth $50,000. The Prize was awarded on March 17, 1014, where finalists read selections from their books prior to the announcement of the winner.

Audio Interviews

Historically Thinking, Episode 229: Mr. Jefferson and his University

Andrew O'Shaughnessy Reframes Myths and Narratives, What Thomas Jefferson really intended for the University of Virginia


Andrew O’Shaughnessy recently discussed his new book, The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind: Thomas Jefferson’s Idea of a University, on Historically Thinking, a podcast by Charlottesville-based historian Al Zambone. O’Shaughnessy and Zambone examine Jefferson’s models of learning; why his educational reforms were so tightly bound with his republican convictions; and the practical political cunning—from initial concept to first enrolled students—with which Jefferson saw the university through. 


Along the way O’Shaughnessy punctures myths and reframes narratives. He persuasively argues, for example, that the university’s students were no more prone to outrageous behavior than those at Harvard or Heidelberg, and that the influence of the University of Virginia on American higher education is much greater than generally allowed.