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STATEMENT: Announcement of the list of finalists for the Lionel Gelber Prize 2024

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STATEMENT: Announcement of the list of finalists for the Lionel Gelber Prize 2024

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Five titles compete for the best non-fiction book on international affairs published in English

TORONTO, WASHINGTON, LONDON and ROME, February 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The shortlist for the 2024 Lionel Gelber Prize has been selected by an international panel of professionals, journalists and academics. This will be the 34th delivery of the award, which honors the best book in the world on international affairs published in English. The winner will receive 50,000 Canadian dollars and will be chosen from the following five titles:

"The jury has chosen five books that explore issues critical to our understanding of the forces influencing the global economy and international cooperation," said Judith Gelber, chair of the Lionel Gelber Prize Board. "Each of them exemplifies the values ​​of the Lionel Gelber Prize with elegant writing on important topics."

This year's shortlist was selected by the 2024 Lionel Gelber Prize jury: Prof. Janice Gross Stein (jury chair), Prof. Rosa Brooks (Washington), Prof. Francis J. Gavin (Washington), Iain Martin ( London) and Eric Reguly (Rome).

Winner Announcement: Winner will be announced on March 6, 2024. Winning author will participate in a hybrid event hosted by the Munk School of Global Affairs

About the Lionel Gelber Prize: The Lionel Gelber Prize, a literary prize for the best non-fiction book on international affairs published in English, was founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber. The winner will receive a cash prize of 50,000 Canadian dollars. The award is presented annually by the Munk School of Global Affairs.

The Lionel Gelber Prize 2024 – Finalist books and authors

Power and Progress: Our 1000-year struggle over technology and prosperity , Daron Acemoglu y Simon Johnson (PublicAffairs, Hatchette Book Group)

About the authors:

Daron Acemoglu is a professor at the MIT Institute of Economics, the university's highest teaching honor. For the past twenty-five years, he has been researching the historical origins of prosperity, poverty, and the effects of new technologies on economic growth, employment, and inequality. Acemoglu has received several awards and honors, including the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded to economists under the age of forty who are considered to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge (2005); the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award in economics, finance and management for his contributions throughout his life (2016), and the Kiel Institute Global Economy Award in economics (2019). He is the author (along with James Robinson) of The Narrow Corridor and the New York Times bestseller Why Nations Fail.

Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School, where he is also head of the Global Economics and Management group. Formerly chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, he has worked on global economic crises and recoveries for thirty years. Johnson has published more than 300 high-impact articles in leading publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and the Financial Times. He is the author (with Jon Gruber) of Jump-Starting America and (with James Kwak) of White House Burning and the national bestseller 13 Bankers. He works with entrepreneurs, elected officials and civil society organizations around the world.

Underground Empire: How America weaponized the world economy , Henry Farrell y Abraham Newman (Macmillan, Henry Holt and Co. EE.UU.; Allen Lane, una impresión de Penguin Press, Reino Unido)

About the authors:

Henry Farrell is the SNF Agora Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, winner of the 2019 Friedrich Schiedel Prize for Policy and Technology, editor-in-chief of The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post, and co-founder of the popular academic blog Crooked Timber. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Farrell has written for publications such as The New York Times, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Monthly, The Boston Review, Aeon, New Scientist, and The Nation.

Abraham L. Newman is a professor in the School of Foreign Service and Department of Government at Georgetown University. Known for his research on the politics generated by globalization, he is a frequent commentator on international affairs, appearing on news programs ranging from Al Jazeera to Deutsche Welle and NPR. His work has been published in leading media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Nature, Science, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harvard Business Review, and Politico.

Homelands: A personal history of Europe , Timothy Garton Ash (Yale University Press)

About the author: Timothy Garton Ash is a professor of European studies at the University of Oxford and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. His books include The Magic Lantern, his eyewitness account of the 1989 revolutions; The File: A Personal History, based on reading his own Stasi file; and History of the Present. He lives in Oxford, England.

Seven Crashes: The economic crises that shaped globalization , Harold James (Yale University Press)

About the Author: Harold James is the Claude and Lore Kelly Professor of European Studies and Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous books, most recently The War of Words: A Glossary of Globalization (Yale, 2021) and Making a Modern Central Bank: The Bank of England 1979–2003 (Cambridge, 2020).

We, The Data: Human rights in the digital age , Wendy Wong(MIT Press)

About the author: Wendy H. Wong is a professor of political science and research chair at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. She is the author of two award-winning books: Internal Affairs: How the Structure of NGOs Transforms Human Rights and (with Sarah S. Stroup) The Authority Trap: Strategic Choices of International NGOs.

Lani Krantz, Communications and Media Relations Specialist, Munk School of Global Affairs

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