A history of a historian and a book about bad war deeds have split the money in this year's Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History.
A Three-cornered Life: The Historian WK Hancock by Jim Davidson and Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny and Murder in the Great War by Peter Stanley each receive $40,000.
Four other shortlisted books receive $5000 each (Beersheba by Paul Daley, A Swindler's Progress by Kirsten McKenzie , Savage or Civilised? by Penny Russell, and The Unknown Nation by James Curran and Stuart Ward.
The award is made annually for a book which contributes to the understanding of Australian history.
The announcement was made today (Wednesday December 6) by School Education Minister Peter Garrett in Sydney.