Lionel Gelber Prize

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February 8: Shortlist2024 Recent

Winner 33

Overreach: How China Derailed Its Peaceful Rise by Susan L. Shirk2023
The American War in Afghanistan: A History by Carter Malkasian2022
Trade Wars Are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace by Matthew C. Klein2021
The Light that Failed: A Reckoning by Ivan Krastev2020
Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World by Adam Tooze2019
Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum2018
A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert F. Worth2016
Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone by Scott Shane2016
The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union by Serhii Plokhy2015
The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide by Gary J. Bass2014
Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland2013
Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F. Vogel2012
Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America by Shelagh D. Grant2011
The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China by Jay Taylor2010
A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East by Lawrence Freedman2009
The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier2008
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright2007
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves by Adam Hochschild2006
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll2004
America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy by Ivo H. Daalder2003
Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World by Walter Russell Mead2002
John Maynard Keynes, Vol. 3: Fighting for Freedom, 1937-1946 by Robert Skidelsky2001
A Great Wall: Six Presidents and China by Patrick Tyler2000
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild1999
Loosing the Bonds: The United States and South Africa in the Apartheid Years by Robert Kinloch Massie1998
Aftermath: the Remnants of War: From Landmines to Chemical Warfare--The Devastating Effects of Modern Combat by Donovan Webster1997
Inside the Kremlin's Cold War: From Stalin to Khrushchev by Vladislav Zubok1996
The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991 by Eric Hobsbawm1995
Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism by Michael Ignatieff1994
Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World by Kanan Makiya1993
Truman by David McCullough1992
Code of peace : ethics and security in the world of the warlord states by Dorothy V. Jones1991
The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence1990

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Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity by Daron Acemoglu2024
Underground Empire: How America Weaponized the World Economy by Henry Farrell2024
Homelands: A Personal History of Europe by Timothy Garton Ash2024
Seven Crashes: The Economic Crises That Shaped Globalization by Harold James2024
We, the Data: Human Rights in the Digital Age by Wendy H. Wong2024
To End a Plague: America's Fight to Defeat AIDS in Africa by Emily Bass2022
The Long Game: China's Grand Strategy and the Displacement of American Power (Bridging the Gap) by Rush Doshi2022
Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe by Niall Ferguson2022
In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918–1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust by Jeffrey Veidlinger2022
Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs by Peter Andreas2021
Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum2021
Isolationism: A History of America's Efforts to Shield Itself from the World by Charles A. Kupchan2021
War: How Conflict Shaped Us by Margaret MacMillan2021
The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty by Daron Acemoglu2020
Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow's Terrorists by Audrey Kurth Cronin2020
The Unsettling of Europe: How Migration Reshaped a Continent by Peter Gatrell2020
Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017 by Ian Kershaw2020
No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria by Rania Abouzeid2019
The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State by Elizabeth C. Economy2019
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky2019
The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder2019
Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? by Graham Allison2018
The Future of War: A History by Lawrence Freedman2018
The Internationalists and their plan to outlaw war by Oona A. Hathaway2018
Asia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century by Richard McGregor2018
How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon by Rosa Brooks2017
Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World by Shadi Hamid2017
The Invention of Russia: The Rise of Putin and the Age of Fake News by Arkady Ostrovsky2017
Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran by Laura Secor2017
Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses-and Misuses-of History by Barry Eichengreen2016
Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist by Niall Ferguson2016
The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution by Dominic Lieven2016
The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire by Susan Pedersen2016
The Good War: Why We Couldn’t Win the War or the Peace in Afghanistan by Jack Fairweather2015
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos2015
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit2015
Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp by Lawrence Wright2015
Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 by Lynne Olson2014
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser2014
Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, from 1453 to the Present by Brendan Simms2014
The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order by Benn Steil2014
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum2013
The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics by Paul Bracken2013
Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World by Kwasi Kwarteng2013
From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia by Pankaj Mishra2013
A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman2012
George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis2012
Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Frederick Kempe2012
On China by Henry Kissinger2012
The Hungry World: America's Cold War Battle against Poverty in Asia by Nick Cullather2011
Why the West Rules—For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future by Ian Morris2011
Yalta: The Price of Peace by Serhii Plokhy2011
Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World by Doug Saunders2011
Reflections on the Revolution In Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West by Christopher Caldwell2010
The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman2010
The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda by Andrew Rice2010
The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006–2008 by Thomas E. Ricks2010
Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade by Bill Emmott2009
McMafia: Crime without Frontiers by Misha Glenny2009
Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid2009
The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria2009
Multicultural Odysseys by Will Kymlicka2008
The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism by Erez Manela2008
Securing Japan: Tokyo's Grand Strategy and the Future of East Asia by Richard J. Samuels2008
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner2008
Dangerous Nation by Robert Kagan2007
Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan2007
The International Struggle Over Iraq by David M. Malone2007
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks2007
The Next Attack: The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right by Daniel Benjamin2006
Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins2006
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey D. Sachs2006
Taming American Power by Stephen M. Walt2006
The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror by Michael Ignatieff2004
The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace by Dennis Ross2004
Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah by Olivier Roy2004
A New World Order by Anne-Marie Slaughter2004
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan2003
The Dust of Empire: The Race for Mastery in the Asian Heartland by Karl Ernest Meyer2003
The Future of Freedom by Fareed Zakaria2003
The Chastening: Inside The Crisis That Rocked The Global Financial System And Humbled The Imf by Paul Blustein2002
The Paradox of American Power: Why the World's Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone by Joseph S. Nye Jr.2002
"A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power2002
Strangers in the House by Raja Shehadeh2002
Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix2001
Ho Chi Minh by William J. Duiker2001
The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000 by Niall Ferguson2001
Night of Stone by Catherine Merridale2001

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Awarded by the Lionel Gelber Foundation in partnership with the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto and Foreign Policy

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