The 2012 Lionel Gelber Prize Longlist
Including Books on China’s Rise, the Crisis in Islam,
and Cold War Confrontation
For Immediate Release: January 23, 2012 (Toronto and Washington) – The 2012 Lionel Gelber Prize jury announces ten books on foreign affairs that deepen public debate on important international issues. The longlist for the 2012 Lionel Gelber Prize is as follows:
Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Frederick Kempe, published by Putnam
Civilization: The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson, published by The Penguin Press
Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F. Vogel, published by Belknap Press/Harvard University Press
George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis, published by The Penguin Press
Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty by Mustafa Akyol, published by W. W. Norton & Company
On China by Henry Kissinger, published by Allen Lane Canada/The Penguin Press
The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution by Francis Fukuyama, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Russian Origins of the First World War by Sean McMeekin, published by Harvard University Press
The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures Of Great Powers by Peter Tomsen, published by Perseus Books Group
A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman, published by Random House
Click here for individual audio interviews with each of the longlisted authors, conducted by noted journalist Robert Steiner and designed to engage the public with the works of these great thinkers right at the start of the annual prize cycle.
The five-book shortlist will be announced on Monday, February 13, and the winner on Monday, March 12, 2012, via press release. The winner will receive his or her award and speak at a free public event, to be held in at the Campbell Conference Facility at the Munk School of Global Affairs, on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Toronto, Canada.
George Russell, Jury Chair, is the executive editor of Fox News, the U.S. cable news network. He was formerly the president and editor of Time magazine in Canada. He is the co-author of Eyewitness: 150 Years of Photo-journalism.
Gaynor Lilian Johnson, Ph. D. is currently Reader in International History and Member of the University of Salford’s European Security Research Centre. A specialist in the history of the British Foreign Office, she is a member of the editorial board of Diplomacy and Statecraft and book reviews editor of The International History Review.
Daniel Paul Henninger is deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page. His column, “Wonder Land,” appears in the Journal and on OpinionJournal.com each Thursday. Mr. Henninger shared in The Wall Street Journal's 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing in 1996 and 1987 and won the Gerald Loeb Award for commentary in 1985.
Russell Roberts is a professor of economics at George Mason University and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has written three novels that teach economic ideas for people who are not economists, including The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity. He has also collaborated on two rap videos starring John Maynard Keynes and F. A. Hayek to teach economics to high school and college students, and hosts the award-winning weekly podcast EconTalk.
William Thorsell is currently Associate Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto, and Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. After more than 10 years as editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail in Toronto, Mr. Thorsell was appointed Director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto in August, 2000. He was invested into the Order of Ontario in January 2008 and also invested as Chevalier, Order of Arts and Letters, in France in 2010.
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 the 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.
Shelagh Grant was the 2011 prize winner for her book Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America published by Douglas & McIntyre.
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