Feb 09, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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A Pulitzer Prize winner is a finalist for this year’s Lionel Gelber Prize for books on foreign affairs. Lawrence Wright hails from Austin, Texas – and he’s on the short list for “Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David.” (Alfred A. Knopf).

The short-list also includes Jack Fairweather of Istanbul for “The Good War: Why We Couldn’t Win the War or the Peace in Afghanistan.” (Basic Books).

Also nominated for the $15,000 Canadian-founded prize is Evan Osnos of Washington for “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) : which recently won a National Book Award.

Serhii Plokhy of Arlington, Massachusetts is short-listed for “The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union.” (Basic Books).

And Ari Shavit of Israel is a contender for “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel.” (Scribe Publications).

The winner will be announced March 30th.

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