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Chrystia Freeland’s Plutocrats wins $15,000 Lionel Gelber Prize

Plutocrats by Chrystia Freeland has won the 2013 Lionel Gelber Prize.

Freeland beat four other finalists for the $15,000 prize, which celebrates the world's best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs "that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues."

The judges said Freeland's book — the full title of which is Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else — won for "its immediacy and authority about the future."

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Freeland is managing director and editor of consumer news at Thomson Reuters. She's also worked at the Financial Times and was the deputy editor of The Globe and Mail.

Born in Peace River, Alta., and now a resident of New York City, Freeland will be in Toronto to receive her prize and deliver the annual Lionel Gelber Prize free public lecture April 15.

Jurors included William Thorsell, Daniel W. Drezner, Gaynor Lilian Johnson, Walter Russell Meade and Margaret Wente.

The prize was founded in 1989 in memory of Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber.

The award is presented annually by The Lionel Gelber Foundation, in partnership with Foreign Policy magazine and the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs.

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