Books on the perils of technology, the gender gap in business and how to revive economies make the longlist of the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year.
The £30,000 prize is given for the book that “provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics”.
Among the 15 longlisted titles are Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping Our Future by Ashlee Vance (Virgin Books; Ecco), a biography of the entrepreneur.
Digital Gold: The Untold Story of Bitcoin by Nathaniel Popper (Allen Lane/Penguin Press; Harper/ HarperCollins) is about the development of the bitcoin, while How Music Got Free: What Happens When an Entire Generation Commits the Same Crime? by Stephen Witt (The Bodley Head/Penguin Random House; Viking) looks at the story of how online piracy affected the music industry.
The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment by Martin Ford (Oneworld Publications; Basic Books) is about jobs and automation, and Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of Blackberry by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff (Flatiron/Macmillan) looks at the rise and fall of BlackBerry.
Also looking at science and technology is Steve LeVine’s The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World (Viking), an investigation of how battery science is advancing.
The longlist includes Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Unﬁnished Business: Women Men Work Family (Oneworld Publications; Random House), looking at how to narrow the gender gap. George Akerlof and Robert Shiller examine the way free markets allow people to be manipulated and deceived in Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception (Princeton University Press). Jeffrey Pfeffer’s Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time (HarperBusiness/HarperCollins) looks at how to fix the leadership-development industry. All three books are due out in September.
Mihir Sharma’s Restart: The Last Chance for the Indian Economy (Vintage Books/Random House India) offers a prescription for India’s revival, while in Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses - and Misuses - of History (Oxford University Press) Barry Eichengreen compares the lessons from the Great Depression and the recent global credit crisis.
Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman examine climate change in Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet (Princeton University Press) while Richard Thaler looks at behavioural economics in Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics (Allen Lane/Penguin Press; W. W. Norton).
Ivan Fallon investigates Lloyds and the financial crisis in Black Horse Ride: The Inside Story of Lloyds and the Banking Crisis (The Robson Press/Biteback Publishing).
Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner look at how to improve our ability to predict the future in Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction (Random House Books; Crown Publishers/Penguin Random House LLC), due out in September.
The judges will select a shortlist of up to six books on 22nd September, and the winner will be announced in New York on 17th November.
The shortlist will be announced 22nd September, and the winner of the award will be announced at a ceremony and dinner in New York on November 17th 2015.
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