NEW YORK – Author and journalist Wesley Morgan is this year’s winner of the William E. Colby Award for Military and Intelligence Articles. He was quoted for his book The Hardest Place: American Military Drift in the Pecs Valley in Afghanistan.
The Colby Prize, a $ 5,000 award named after the former CIA ambassador and director, is awarded for “significant contributions to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations or international affairs.”
Morgan was still a college student when he began working with military units in Afghanistan more than a decade ago. He has since written about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for The New York Times, the Washington Post and other publications.
“I am delighted to receive this award for military and intelligence coverage because using the Pecho Valley lens from Kunar Province to illustrate how the two items blended at key moments during the 20-year U.S. war in eastern Afghanistan was one of my heads from “The Hardest Place,” Morgan said in a statement Tuesday.
The Colby Prize is awarded by Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. Previous winners include Dexter Filkins, Carl Marlantes and Adam Higginbot.
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