Business Book of the Year shortlist unveiled


The shortlist for the 2012 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year has been announced, with six titles vying for the £30,000 prize.

The best-known is probably Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late Steve Jobs, charting the Apple founder’s rise to prominence in the technology world and his global impact on innovation before his death in October 2011.

It’s joined by Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Coll, who investigates the true extent of what is the most powerful private corporation in the US.

John Coates’ The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk-taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust is also nominated for its look at how financial risk-taking can be driven by biological factors.

The other three titles are Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, Michael J. Sandel’s What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets and Volcker: The Triumph of Persistence by William L. Silber.

Lionel Barber, Financial Times editor, said: “The quality of submissions this year was outstanding, and we therefore have a very powerful shortlist. It has a strong emphasis on leadership and broader institutional and political issues, reflecting the mood of the world today.”

The winner will be announced at an award dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York on November 1st.


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