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The four nominees for $35,000 Donner Prize were announced this week. Herewith, Globe Books presents exclusive excerpts from each of the shortlisted works.

The Donner Prize was created in 1998 to "recognize and reward the best public policy thinking, writing and research in Canada," according to a press release announcing the nominations.

The winner will be announced at an event in Toronto on April 28. Each of the runners-up will receive $5,000.

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Read the excerpts below.

The Politics of Linkage: Power, Interdependence and Ideas in Canada-US Relations, by Brian Bow

A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future, by Larry Campbell, Neil Boyd & Lori Culbert

Who Owns the Arctic? Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North, by Michael Byers

Branding Canada: Projecting Canada's Soft Power through Public Diplomacy, by Evan H. Potter

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