Deng Xiaoping book wins 2012 Lionel Gelber Prize

Social science professor and author Ezra F. Vogel has won the 2012 Lionel Gelber Prize for his book Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China.

The annual award honours the world's best English-language non-fiction book on foreign affairs that deepens discourse on international issues.

DengXP_175.jpg"The rise of China as a mighty global economic power, which now seems so inexorable, was never foreordained," said George Russell, the prize jury chair, in a statement Monday.

"Ezra Vogel's sympathetic and balanced chronicle of the Long March of Deng Xiaoping as he led China toward a central place on the modern world stage makes impressive use of the author's unparalleled contacts in China's inner circles. It is going to be required reading for many years to come."

Vogel beat out another book about the burgeoning Asian country by Henry Kissinger titled On China. The other shortlisted books were: Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Frederick Kempe, George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis and A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman.

The $15,000 prize is presented by the Lionel Gelber Foundation, in partnership with Foreign Policy Magazine and the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.