The field of competitors for this year’s best foreign affairs book has just narrowed, as Foreign Policy has released the short list of the five books still in the running for the Lionel Gelber Prize. As we’ve previously reported, this year I was privileged to be on the jury that chooses the winning book, and I would recommend every single one of these books to those interested in foreign affairs past and present.
The Short List
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum (Washington, DC and Poland), published by Signal Editions
The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics by Paul Bracken (Connecticut), published by Times Books
Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland (New York, New York), published by Doubleday Canada and Penguin Press
Ghosts of Empire: Britain’s Legacies in the Modern World by Kwasi Kwarteng (London, England), published by PublicAffairs
From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia by Pankaj Mishra (London, England), published by Doubleday Canada and Farrar, Straus & Giroux