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Guardians author Susan Pedersen among finalists for Gelber Prize


The finalists for this year’s Lionel Gelber Prize were announced on Feb. 2. The shortlist includes books by Canadian historian and professor Susan Pedersen, and New York Times national security reporter Scott Shane. Founded in 1989, the Lionel Gelber Prize recognizes the world’s best non-fiction books on foreign affairs, and is presented by the Lionel Gelber Foundation, in partnership with Foreign Policy magazine and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

The full list of finalists includes:

  • Barry Eichengreen, Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses – and Misuses – of History. (Oxford University Press)
  • Niall Ferguson, Kissinger 1923–1968: The Idealist (Penguin Canada)
  • Dominic Lieven, The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War 1 & Revolution (Viking Canada)
  • Susan Pedersen, The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (Oxford University Press)
  • Scott Shane, Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President, and the Rise of the Drone (Tim Duggan Books/PRH Canada)

The winning book will be announced on March 1, and the author will receive a $15,000 prize at a free public speaking event at the Munk School on March 29.