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Steel Drivin' Man wins Merle Curti Prize

Steel Drivin' ManScott Reynolds Nelson's Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend won the 2007 Merle Curti Prize from the Organization of American Historians for the best book in U.S. social and cultural history. The committee found the book's writing "elegant" and the research "astonishing." Steel Drivin' Man is also one of three finalists for the National Award for Arts Writing. And Bruce Springsteen calls it "a tribute and requiem to the real steel drivin' men who built this country." Academics, artists, and Bruce. Who knew?