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Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone
Published by Tim Duggan Books
Shane’s masterpiece is a rarity among foreign affairs books, flowing dramatically like a novel, carrying the academic weight of a thesis, and laying out enough policy dilemmas to fill a month of Sunday talk shows. The story of Anwar al-Awlaki is, in some ways, the story of Americans and Arabs in the age of terror, brought into sharp relief by the Obama administration and its unpredicted—and unpredictable—drone policy, which has redefined the meaning of war and reset its price.
The other shortlisted books for this year’s Lionel Gelber Prize were as follows: