Moroni and the Swastika named Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist

NORMAN,OKLAHOMA—The University of Oklahoma Press is pleased to announce that Moroni and the Swastika: Mormons in Nazi Germany, authored by David Conley Nelson, has been recognized as a finalist in two categories in the 18th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Dr. Nelson's book is one of fifteen finalists in the history category and one of sixteen finalists in the religion category.

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Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd. A panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers determines the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.

“The 2015 INDIEFAB finalist selection process is as inspiring as it is rigorous,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “The strength of this list of finalists is further proof that small, independent publishers are taking their rightful place as the new driving force of the entire publishing industry.”

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida in June. We will also name the Editor’s Choice Prize 2015 for Fiction, Nonfiction and Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Publisher of the Year Award during the presentation.

About Dr. Nelson: David Conley Nelson received his Ph.D. in History from Texas A&M University in 2012. He earned an M.A. in History from Texas A&M in 2000, a B.A. in French from the University of Houston in 1997, and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon in 1975. David received the Juanita Brooks Award for the best graduate student paper presented at the annual conference of the Mormon History Association in Aalborg, Denmark for “The Hübener Syndrome: How Mormons Remember Church History in Nazi Germany.” 

David became interested in the Mormon Church and the Nazis during a previous marriage to a Latter-day Saint’s member whose son’s questions sparked years of research into the subject. In graduate school, he became the protege of Professor Arnold P. Krammer, who taught the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust for 41 years at Texas A&M University. Dr. Krammer lost most of his extended Hungarian Jewish family when they were put on boxcars for Auschwitz in June 1944.

About the OU Press: During its more than eighty years of continuous operation, the University of Oklahoma Press has gained international recognition as an outstanding publisher of scholarly literature. It was the first university press established in the Southwest, and the fourth in the western half of the country.

The University of Oklahoma Press has a solid reputation for publishing works regarding Western America, which includes the emerging field of Mormon Studies. in addition to Dr. Nelson's groundbreaking work on the Mormon Church in Nazi Germany, the OU Press has published works by noted Mormon historians Richard E.Bennett, Thomas Alexander, Polly Aird, Gary Topping, Juanita Brooks, Newell Bringhurst, Will Bagley, David Bigler, Dale Morgan, and others.

About Foreword: Foreword Magazine, Inc. is a media company featuring a Folio-award-winning quarterly print magazine, Foreword Reviews, and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, it features reviews of the best 170 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Its website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. It is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.