Twelve Books That Will Change the Way You Think About International Affairs: The Lionel Gelber Prize Longlist

TORONTO AND WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Jury Chair William Thorsell has announced a dozen books on a wide range of foreign affairs subjects that comprise the 2013 Lionel Gelber Prize longlist, as follows:

  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and James A. Robinson (Cambridge, Massachusetts), published by Random House

  • Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum (Washington, DC and Poland), published by Signal Editions

  • The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics by Paul Bracken (Connecticut), published by Times Books

  • The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran by David Crist (Potomac, Maryland), published by The Penguin Press

  • Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland (New York, New York), published by The Penguin Press

  • The Endgame: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama by Michael R. Gordon (Washington, DC) and General Bernard E. Trainor (Potomac Falls, Virginia), published by Pantheon Books

  • Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World by Kwasi Kwarteng (London, England), published by Public Affairs

  • Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall (Ithaca, NY), published by Random House

  • From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia by Pankaj Mishra (London, England), published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux

  • Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing  and Dying by Sonke Neitzel (London, England) and Harald Welzer (Germany), published by Signal Editions

  • The Wars For Asia: 1911-1949 by S.C.M. Paine (Newport, Rhode Island), published by Cambridge University Press

  • Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy by Andrew Preston (Cambridge, England), published by Alfred A. Knopf

About the Jury: The jury is composed of Jury Chair William Thorsell (Toronto, Canada), Daniel W. Drezner (Medford, USA), Gaynor Lilian Johnson, Ph. D. (Manchester, UK), Walter Russell Mead (Annandale-on-Hudson, USA), and Margaret Wente (Toronto, Canada).

About the Lionel Gelber Prize:  The Lionel Gelber Prize is a literary award for the world's best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues. It was founded in 1989 in memory of Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber (1907-1989). A prize of $15,000 is awarded to the winner. The award is presented annually by The Lionel Gelber Foundation, in partnership with Foreign Policy Magazine and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Ezra F. Vogel was the 2012 prize winner for his book Deng Xiao Ping and the Transformation of China, published by the Belknap Press/Harvard University Press.

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SOURCE: The Lionel Gelber Prize

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