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Mandel-Campbell's latest book goes down smooth with the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize jury

Mandel-Campbell's latest book goes down smooth with the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize jury

January 2008


The finalists for this year’s Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing have been announced and Andrea Mandel-Campbell’s latest book, Why Mexicans Don’t Drink Molson: Rescuing Canadian Business From the Suds of Global Obscurity, is one of the five. The winner will be announced on February 27th, 2008 at the already sold-out “Politics and the Pen” event in Ottawa, and includes a cash prize of $15,000.

The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, one of the Writers’ Trust of Canada Awards, is given annually to a non-fiction book that captures a political topic of interest to Canadians and enhances their understanding of the issue. Why Mexicans Don’t Drink Molson is a wake-up call for timid Canadian businesses, combining bracing analysis and compelling anecdotes with shrewd prescriptions for the future. This lively and authoritative book is a much-needed hands-on guide for innovative competitiveness, helping readers to identify the nation’s previously underestimated assets and abilities.

Other nominated titles include Clive Doucet for Urban Meltdown (New Society Press), Richard Gwyn for John A.: The Man Who Made Us (Random House Canada), David E. Smith for The People’s House of Commons (University of Toronto Press) and Janice Gross Stein & Eugene Lang for The Unexpected War (Viking Canada).

ANDREA MANDEL-CAMPBELL was bureau chief for London’s Financial Times in Mexico and correspondent for Business Week magazine in Argentina. For ten years she was a foreign correspondent in Latin America. She has written extensively on global competitiveness issues, including business ties between Canada and China. She lives in Toronto.

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