Brad Stone's The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon (Bantam Press) has won the £30,000 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year 2013.
The award, which recognises the book that provides "the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues", was presented last night (Monday 18th November) at a ceremony in London by Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times and chair of the panel of judges, and Lloyd C Blankfein, chairman and chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs.
Barber called the book "an inspirational business book which captures the culture of Amazon and the character of its founder Jeff Bezos", describing it as "a must-read for disrupters around the world".
Blankfein commented: "Amazon is a remarkable force that has revolutionised the retail world since Jeff Bezos founded the company almost two decades ago. Brad Stone offers a provocative take on how Jeff Bezos and Amazon have transformed industries as varied as publishing, consumer electronics, and cloud computing.”
Shortlisted for the Prize – and receiving £10,000 apiece – were The Alchemists by Neil Irwin (Penguin); Making it Happen by Iain Martin (S&S); Big Data by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier (John Murray); The Billionaire's Apprentice by Anita Raghavan (BusinessPlusUS); and Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (W H Allen).
Stone will be a keynote speaker at The Bookseller's Futurebook Conference on Thursday (21st November). His book has famously been awarded a disapproving one star on Amazon itself by Bezos's wife Mackenzie Bezos, who said it contained "numerous factual inaccuracies" and was "unbalanced".