2010-11 info from University of Toronto Lionel Gelber Prize page
The books shortlisted for The 2011 Lionel Gelber Prize are as follows:
Yalta: The Price of Peace by Serhii M. Plokhy (U.S.A.), published by Viking/New York
Why the West Rules – for Now by Ian Morris (U.S.A.)
Arrival City: The Final Migration and our Next World by Doug Saunders (U.K.)
The Hungry World: America’s Cold War Battle Against Poverty in Asia by Nick Cullather
Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America by Shelagh D. Grant (Canada)--Winner!
The 2010 Shortlist is:
Christopher Caldwell – Reflections On the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West
David E. Hoffman – The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy
Andrew Rice – The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda
Thomas E. Ricks – The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008
Jay Taylor – The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China -- Winner!
Info 2010 and previous from Wikipedia accessed 1/27/11
The Lionel Gelber Prize is a literary award for "the world's best non-fiction book in English that seeks to deepen public debate on significant global issues". It is presented annually by The Lionel Gelber Foundation and the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. It is worth CAD $15,000.
Founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber, the prize honours "the excellence of those who think and write about the local and global forces of change in international issues." 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, and Steve Coll.
List of Award Winners
2010: The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China by Jay Taylor.
2009: A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East by Sir Lawrence Freedman.
2008: The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier.
2007: The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright.
2006: Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves by Adam Hochschild.
2004: Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll.
2003: America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy by Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay
2002: Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World by Walter Russell Mead.
2001: John Maynard Keynes, Fighting for Britain 1937-1946 by Lord Robert Skidelsky.
2000: A Great Wall: Six Presidents and China: An Investigative History by Patrick Tyler.
1999: King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism In Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild.
1998: Loosing the Bonds: The United States and South Africa In the Apartheid Years by Robert Kinloch Massie.
1997: Aftermath: The Remnants of War by Donovan Webster.
1996: Inside the Kremlin's Cold War: From Stalin to Khrushchev by Vladislav Zubok and Constantine Pleshakov
1995: Age of Extremes: The Short 20th Century by Eric Hobsbawm.
1994: Blood and Belonging: Journeys Into the New Nationalism by Michael Ignatieff.
1993: Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising and the Arab World by Kanan Makiya.
1992: Truman by David McCullough.
1991: Code of Peace: Ethics and Security in the World of Warlord States by Dorothy V. Jones.
1990: The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence.