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2014 Lionel Gelber Prize Longlist

Important Global Works for a World of Readers

For Immediate Release: January 27, 2014 (Toronto and Washington)
William Thorsell, Jury Chair, announced today ten books on international relations that collectively call out to readers who want to better understand the world around them.

"These are books of striking originality and insight. They range from ground-breaking works on diplomatic history to new perspectives on the dynamics of the world in the age of the Internet, growing affluence and changing players. Readers seeking to better comprehend the roots and course of our international system will be deeply indebted to these authors," said Mr. Thorsell.

• The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide


The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide
by Gary J. Bass

Published by Alfred A. Knopf


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• A History of Future Cities


A History of Future Cities
by Daniel Brook

Published by W. W. Norton

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• Black Code: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet


Black Code: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet
by Ronald J. Deibert

Published by Signal/McClelland & Stewart

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• The War That Ended Peace


The War That Ended Peace
by Margaret MacMillan

Published by Allen Lane

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•	The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World


The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World
by Kishore Mahbubani

Published by Public Affairs

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• The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty


The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty
by Nina Munk

Published by Signal/McClelland & Stewart

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• Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and American's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941

Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and American's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941
by Lynne Olson

Published by Random House


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• Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
by Eric Schlosser

Published by The Penguin Press

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• Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, from 1453 to the Present


Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, from 1453 to the Present
by Brendan Simms

published by Basic Books

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• The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order

The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order
by Benn Steil

Published by Princeton University Press

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Key Dates: The Lionel Gelber Prize shortlist will be announced on February 10 and the winner will be announced on March 31, 2014, via press release. The winner will speak at a free public event to be held in the Campbell Conference Facility at the Munk School of Global Affairs on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

 

Juror Biographies:

William Thorsell, Jury Chair (Toronto, Canada) 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 of 2008 and also invested as Chevalier, Order of Arts and Letters, in France in 2010.

Timothy Garton Ash (Oxford, England) is the author of nine books of political writing which have charted the transformation of Europe over the last thirty years. He is Professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford; Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford; and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His essays appear regularly in the New York Review of Books and he writes a weekly column in the Guardian, which is widely syndicated in Europe, Asia and the Americas. His most recent book is Facts are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade Without a Name. He is currently leading a major Oxford University project on global freedom of expression in the Internet age (www.freespeechdebate.com).

Daniel W. Drezner (Massachusetts, USA) is Professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has previously held positions with the Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He is an editorial board member of Perspectives on Politics.

Chrystia Freeland (Toronto, Canada) was born in Peace River, Alberta and studied at Harvard University and on a Rhodes scholarship at Oxford University. After cutting her journalistic teeth as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, the Washington Post, and The Economist, she went on to wear many hats at the Financial Times, including deputy editor. She served as deputy editor of Canada’s The Globe and Mail (1999-2001), before returning to the Financial Times as U.S. Managing Editor. In 2010 she joined Thomson Reuters where she worked most recently worked as Managing Director and Editor of Consumer News. In 2013 she returned to Canada and won the by-election for the Liberal party in the riding of Toronto Centre. She is the author of Sale of the Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, which this year won both the Lionel Gelber Prize and the National Business Book Award.

Matias Spektor (Brazil) is an Associate Professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil. He is the author of Kissinger e o Brazil (2009), Azeredo da Silveira: um depoimento (2010) and is currently completing a book on US-Brazil relations. Dr. Spektor is also working on a multi-archive research program on the history of Brazil’s nuclear program. He was a visiting fellow with the London School of Economics (2009), the Council on Foreign Relations (2010), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2012), and holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford. He is currently Rio Branco Chair in International Relations at King's College London.

 

About the Lionel Gelber Prize:

The Lionel Gelber Prize, 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, was founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber. 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.

Chrystia Freeland was the 2013 prize winner for her book Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, published by Doubleday Canada and The Penguin Press.

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