October 4, 2023


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Catherine Boo, Pankaj Mishra among the 2013 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award finalists

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Five Finalists Chosen for the 2013 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award

Five books recognized for their outstanding contributions to the understanding of Asia have been chosen as finalists for the 2013 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award. The finalists were selected from over 100 nominations submitted by U.S. and Asia-based publishers for books published in 2012. The books are:

  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo (Random House)
  • The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power by Hugh White (Black Inc.)
  • China’s Search for Security by Andrew J. Nathan & Andrew Scobell (Columbia University Press)
  • From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia by Pankaj Mishra (Penguin Press UK)
  • Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750 by Odd Arne Westad (Basic Books)

The finalists were selected by a jury co-chaired by Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University, andTommy T. B. Koh, Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large, and composed of leading experts and figures in policy, academia, journalism, and publishing from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States. The winning author, who will be awarded a $20,000 prize, and two honorable mentions, each receiving a $2,000 prize, will be named in September. A special event in their honor will be held at Asia Society’s New York City headquarters in late 2013.

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