CLEMSON — Clemson University history professor Roger Grant is the bronze winner of ForeWord Review’s Book of the Year Award for history. He won the accolade for his book “Railroads and the American People,” a social history of the impact of railroads on American life, published in 2012 by Indiana University Press.

“How the railroad has affected people has long intrigued me,” said Grant. “This book has allowed me the opportunity to explore that fascinating relationship.”

The ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Awards is judged by a select group of librarians and booksellers from around the country. There were 1,300 entries from more than 600 publishers and 248 winners were selected from 62 categories. Grant was the bronze winner in the genre of history.

The Book of the Year Awards recognize the achievements of independent publishers and authors. The awards process brings readers, librarians and booksellers together to select their top categories and choose the winning titles. The winners are chosen based on editorial excellence, professional production, originality of the narrative, author credentials relative to the book, and the value the book adds to its genre.

Grant, who has taught at Clemson since 1996, has been recognized twice by the university with awards for excellence in research. His specialty is U.S. history, particularly the Populist-Progressive Era. Grant is recognized as a leading authority on transportation history and American railroads.


— By Lindsey Johnston