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Henry Kissinger shortlisted for Lionel Gelber Prize

Henry Kissinger

Jurgen Frank

Nobel Prize winner Henry Kissinger has made the Lionel Gelber Prize short list for his book On China.

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."

The other finalists are: A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman; Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Frederick Kempe; Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F. Vogel; and George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis.

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The winner is to be revealed Feb. 27 and is expected to speak March 15 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. They had previously released a long list of 10 books.

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

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