Two titles from Bloomsbury have been shortlisted for the FT and McKinsey & Company Business Book of the Year award alongside entries from HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Princeton University Press and Harvard University Press.
The two published by Bloomsbury are The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan by Sebastian Mallaby and The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott.
Also shortlisted are What Works: Gender Equality by Design by Iris Bohnet (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press), Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark (HarperCollins), Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business by Rana Foroohar (Crown Publishing/Penguin Random House) and The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War by Robert J. Gordon (Princeton University Press).
Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, said: “The remarkable range of books this year include a heavyweight biography of Greenspan, a lively exploration of policy dilemmas around longevity, a historical inquiry into the productivity gap, and an argument for righting the balance between finance and industry in a modern economy. Readers will find much to debate and many practical solutions.”
Rodney Zemmel, McKinsey & Company's managing partner, Northeast U.S., added: “This year’s shortlist explores the clash of forces that businesses have to navigate today, from demography to technology change to how to get the most out of talent. Rather than just laying out the problems, the authors offer interdisciplinary thinking and an intriguing range of potential answers.”
The judging panel, chaired by Barber, includes Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor, Allianz; Herminia Ibarra, cora chaired professor of leadership; Rik Kirkland, partner and director of publishing, McKinsey & Company; Dambisa Moyo, global economist and author; and Shriti Vadera, chairman, Santander UK; senior independent director, BHP Billiton.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 22nd November at the National Gallery in London, co-hosted by Barber and Dominic Barton, global managing director of McKinsey & Company. The winner will be awarded £30,000, and £10,000 will be awarded to each of the remaining shortlisted books. Baroness Dido Harding, c.e.o. of the TalkTalk Group, will give the keynote speech.
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