Six books are in the running for the £30,000 FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, with former winner Raghuram Rajan returning to the shortlist.
Rajan, who won in 2010 with Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy (Princeton University Press), is hoping to see off the competition with his latest book—The Third Pillar: The Revival of Community in a Polarised World (William Collins).
This year's shortlist also features Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez (Chatto & Windus) and Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein (Pan Macmillan) as well as Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America by Christopher Leonard(Simon & Schuster).
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff (Profile Books) and The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution by Gregory Zuckerman (Penguin Business) are also vying for the prize after seeing off competition from the 16-strong longlist.
Chair of the judges and editor of the Financial Times Lionel Barber said:“This year’s shortlist covers the most important trends in modern capitalism. The judges praised the range and depth of the books which tackles issues including gender inequity, the data-driven economy, the quant revolution in financial markets and Koch Industries, one of America’s most powerful and most private companies.”
The winner will be announced at a dinner ceremony in New York on 3rd December at the Park Hyatt Hotel, co-hosted by Barber and Kevin Sneader, global managing partner, McKinsey & Company. Ronan Dunne, Executive Vice President & Group CEO, Verizon Consumer, will give the keynote speech. The winner of the Business Book of the Year Award 2019 will be awarded £30,000, and £10,000 will be awarded to the authors of each of the remaining shortlisted books.