Lionel Gelber Prize

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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 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". 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. ^ "HONORS". 3 March 2005 – via
  2. ^ "The Generalissimo — Jay Taylor - Harvard University Press".
  3. ^ "Shelagh D. Grant wins Lionel Gelber Prize for Polar Imperative".
  4. ^ "Vogel wins Gelber Prize for book". 27 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Book examining China's transformation wins $15,000 Lionel Gelber Prize".
  6. ^ "The 2013 Gelber Prize winner: Chrystia Freeland's 'Plutocrats'".
  7. ^ Mark Medley (February 4, 2013). "Lionel Gelber Prize longlist revealed". National Post. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "Bass Wins 2014 Lionel Gelber Prize". 31 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Lionel Gelber Prize Announces 25th Anniversary Winner:".
  10. ^ Prize, The Lionel Gelber. "Scott Shane Wins the 2016 Lionel Gelber Prize for Objective Troy".
  11. ^ "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.

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