Lionel Gelber Prize

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Lionel Gelber Prize
Awarded for"the world’s best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues."
Presented byLionel Gelber Foundation
First awarded1990

The Lionel Gelber Prize is a literary award for English non-fiction books on foreign policy. Founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber, the prize awards "the world’s best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues."[1] A prize of CA$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 and Public Policy 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".[citation needed] 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, Chrystia Freeland, and Steve Coll.

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  1. ^ "About the Prize". The Lionel Gelber Prize - The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  2. ^ "HONORS". 3 March 2005 – via
  3. ^ "The Generalissimo — Jay Taylor - Harvard University Press".
  4. ^ Medley, Mark (March 1, 2011). "Shelagh D. Grant wins Lionel Gelber Prize for Polar Imperative". National Post. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  5. ^ "Vogel wins Gelber Prize for book". The Harvard Gazette. 27 February 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  6. ^ "Book examining China's transformation wins $15,000 Lionel Gelber Prize". National Post. February 27, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  7. ^ Stuster, J. Dana (March 25, 2013). "The 2013 Gelber Prize winner: Chrystia Freeland's 'Plutocrats'". Foreign Policy. Retrieved April 28, 2022.
  8. ^ Medley, Mark (February 4, 2013). "Lionel Gelber Prize longlist revealed". National Post. Archived from the original on February 4, 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "'The Blood Telegram' wins the 2014 Lionel Gelber Prize". CTV News. March 31, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2022.
  10. ^ "Lionel Gelber Prize Announces 25th Anniversary Winner:".
  11. ^ Prize, The Lionel Gelber. "Scott Shane Wins the 2016 Lionel Gelber Prize for Objective Troy".
  12. ^ "Adam Tooze Wins the 2019 Lionel Gelber Prize for Crashed; How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World" (PDF). The Lionel Gelber Prize. February 26, 2019. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  13. ^ Year 2020 Gelber Prize Winner: The Light that Failed: A Reckoning. Authors: Ivan Krastev Stephen Holmes//Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, 2020
  14. ^ Berki, Attila (April 12, 2022). "Winner of the 2022 Lionel Gelber Prize announced". Quill & Quire. Retrieved April 28, 2022.

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