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… (more)

 

2014 selection

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

Lionel Gelber Prize 2014

by Gary J. Bass

A riveting history—the first full account—of the involvement of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in the 1971 atrocities in Bangladesh that led to war between India and Pakistan, shaped the fate of Asia,...


2013 selection

Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

Lionel Gelber Prize 2013

by Chrystia Freeland

A Financial Times Best Book of the Year

Shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize

There has always been some gap between rich and poor in this country, but recently what it means to be rich has changed dramatically....


2011 selection

Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America

Lionel Gelber Prize 2011

by Shelagh D. D. Grant

Based on Shelagh Grant’s groundbreaking archival research and drawing on her reputation as a leading historian in the field, Polar Imperative is a compelling overview of the historical claims of sovereignty...


2007 selection

The Looming Tower

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2007, Lionel Gelber Prize 2007

by Lawrence Wright

UPDATED AND WITH A NEW AFTERWORD

National Book Award Finalist

A Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year

A gripping narrative that spans five decades,...


2006 selection

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves

Lionel Gelber Prize 2006

by Adam Hochschild

From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history -- the fight to free the slaves of the...


2004 selection

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2005, Lionel Gelber Prize 2004

by Steve Coll

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize

The explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan

With the publication of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also...


2002 selection

Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World

Lionel Gelber Prize 2002

by Walter Russell Mead

From one of our leading experts on foreign policy, a full-scale reinterpretation of America’s dealings—from its earliest days—with the rest of the world.

It is Walter Russell Mead’s thesis that the United...


1999 selection

King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

Lionel Gelber Prize 1999

by Adam Hochschild

In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering...


1997 selection

Aftermath: The Remnants of War: From Landmines to Chemical Warfare--The Devastating Effects of Modern Combat

Lionel Gelber Prize 1997

by Donovan Webster

In riveting and revelatory detail, Aftermath documents the ways in which wars have transformed the terrain of the battlefield into landscapes of memory and enduring terror: in France, where millions of acres...


1994 selection

Blood and Belonging

Lionel Gelber Prize 1994

by Michael Ignatieff

Until the end of the Cold War, the politics of national identity was confined to isolated incidents of ethnics strife and civil war in distant countries. Now, with the collapse of Communist regimes across Europe...


1992 selection

Truman Fires MacArthur (ebook excerpt of Truman)

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1993, Lionel Gelber Prize 1992

by David McCullough

The Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency included momentous events from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the Cold War and the Korean War, told by America’s...