Lionel Gelber Prize
The Lionel Gelber Prize was founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber. The 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. 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.
Recipients are judged by a jury panel of experts from Canada, Britain, and the United States. The award has been described by The Economist as "the world's most important award for non-fiction". Past winners have included Lawrence Wright, Jonathan Spence, David McCullough, Kanan Makiya, Michael Ignatieff, Eric Hobsbawm, Robert Kinloch Massie, Adam Hochschild (two time winner), Robert Skidelsky, Baron Skidelsky, Walter Russell Mead, and Steve Coll.
List of award winners
- 2016: Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President, and the Rise of the Drone by Scott Shane
- 2015: The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union by Serhii Plokhy
- 2014: The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide by Gary J. Bass.
- 2013: Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland.
- 2012: Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra Vogel.
- 2011: Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America by Shelagh Grant.
- 2010: The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China by Jay Taylor.
- 2009: A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East by Sir Lawrence Freedman.
- 2008: The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier.
- 2007: The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright.
- 2006: Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves by Adam Hochschild.
- 2004: Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll.
- 2003: America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy by Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay
- 2002: Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World by Walter Russell Mead.
- 2001: John Maynard Keynes, Fighting for Britain 1937-1946 by Lord Robert Skidelsky.
- 2000: A Great Wall: Six Presidents and China: An Investigative History by Patrick Tyler.
- 1999: King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism In Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild.
- 1998: Loosing the Bonds: The United States and South Africa In the Apartheid Years by Robert Kinloch Massie.
- 1997: Aftermath: The Remnants of War by Donovan Webster.
- 1996: Inside the Kremlin's Cold War: From Stalin to Khrushchev by Vladislav Zubok and Constantine Pleshakov
- 1995: Age of Extremes: The Short 20th Century by Eric Hobsbawm.
- 1994: Blood and Belonging: Journeys Into the New Nationalism by Michael Ignatieff.
- 1993: Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising and the Arab World by Kanan Makiya.
- 1992: Truman by David McCullough.
- 1991: Code of Peace: Ethics and Security in the World of Warlord States by Dorothy V. Jones.
- 1990: The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence.
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