Wesley Morgan Wins Colby Award for ‘The Hardest Place’
Author and journalist Wesley Morgan is this year’s recipient of the William E. Colby Award for Military and Intelligence Writing. He was cited for his book The Hardest Place: The Drifting US Army in Afghanistan’s Pech Valley.
The Colby Prize, a $5,000 prize named in honor of the former ambassador and director of the CIA, is awarded for “a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations, or international affairs “.
Morgan was still a student when he began joining military units in Afghanistan more than a decade ago. Since then he has reported on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for The New York Times, The Washington Post and other media.
“I am delighted to receive this award for Military and Intelligence Coverage, as the use of the Pech Valley lens in Kunar Province to illustrate how these two subjects intermingled at key moments in America’s 20-year war in eastern Afghanistan was one of my goals with ‘The Hardest Place,'” Morgan said in a statement Tuesday.
The Colby Prize is awarded by Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. Previous winners are Dexter Filkins, Karl Marlantes and Adam Higginbotham.