In the context of the Estoril Conferences a prize of 15.000 Euros is awarded every two years to the best book on globalization.
The Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize is the biggest award in the field of international studies.
The prize honours books which have contributed to new and original thought and which set out clear and topical policy recommendations in this area.
The international jury looks for books that offer rigorous and well -defended conclusions and are written in a clear and accessible language aimed at wider audiences.
The winner of the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize 2013 is Civilization - The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson
In his book, Niall Ferguson sets out to explain how the history of the world has been dominated by the Western Culture for the last 500 years, comparing it to the previous evolutions of Eastern Culture and how the Western Culture surpassed it in the end.
For Niall Ferguson, this is important to construct the sense of a cultural identity and to be able to defend it against external threats. In his own words: "The book is partly designed so a 17-year-old boy or girl will get a lot of history in a very digestible way, and be able to relate to it"
The winners in 2009 were Creating a World without Poverty by Muhammad Yunus and The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier (ex-aqueo) and in 2011 was The Idea of Human Rights by Charles Beitz.