Awards & Winners

Herbert Agar

Date of Birth 29-September-1897
Place of Birth New Rochelle
(New York, Westchester County)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Herbert Sebastian Agar
Profession Journalist, Editor, Author
Herbert Sebastian Agar was an American journalist and an editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal. He won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1934 for his book The People's Choice, a critical look at the American presidency. Agar was associated with the Southern Agrarians and edited, with Allen Tate, Who Owns America?. He was also a strong proponent of an Americanized version of the British distributist socioeconomic system. Agar's book The Price of Union was one of John F. Kennedy's favorite books, and he habitually kept a copy of it on his desk. A passage from The Price of Union about an act of courage by John Quincy Adams gave Kennedy the idea of writing an article about senatorial courage. He showed the passage to his speechwriter Ted Sorensen and asked him to see if he could find some more examples. This Sorensen did, and eventually they had enough for a book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage.

Awards by Herbert Agar

Check all the awards nominated and won by Herbert Agar.


Nominations 1953 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
National Book Award for Nonfiction A Declaration of Faith


Pulitzer Prize for History
Honored for : The People's Choice from Washington to Harding