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Kissinger a finalist for Gelber prize

TORONTO – Ten books on foreign affairs have made the long list for the $15,000 Lionel Gelber Prize.

Among the finalists are Nobel Prize winner Henry Kissinger for his book “On China.”

Other topics on the long list include the Berlin Crisis of 1961 and Britain’s role in the American Civil War.

A five-book short list will be announced Feb. 13, with the winner to be revealed March 12.

The winning author is expected to speak March 27 at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

This year’s Gelber jurors include Fox News executive editor George Russell and former Globe and Mail editor-in-chief William Thorsell.

Founded in 1989 in memory of Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber, the prize celebrates the best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs “that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues.”

Shelagh Grant won the 2011 Gelbe for “Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America.”

The complete long list can be found at: http://www.utoronto.ca/munk/gelber/

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