2009 Best Business Book Of The Year Longlist

August 15, 2009

The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award honors “the book providing the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics.” 15 books have been selected for the 2009 longlist; those which make the cut to the shortlist will  be awarded £5,000 (announced on September 17th) and the winner will take home a £30,000 prize (about $50,000)–to be announced on October 29th. Previous winners of the award include: When Markets Collide by Mohamed El-Erian, The Last Tycoons by William D Cohan, China Shakes The World by James Kynge and Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat which won the inaugural award in 2005.

2009 Longlist books:

This Time Is Different by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff   “analysis of crises past”

The Match King by Frank Partnoy   “about the rise and fall of entrepreneur-financier Ivar Kreuger in the 1930s”

The Lords Of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed   “a cautionary tale of how central bankers’ bad decisions caused the Great Depression.”

The Myth Of The Rational Market by Justin Fox   “documents the history of the theory of efficient markets that led many to their doom in the latest crisis.”

House Of Cards by William D Cohan (2007 winner)   “documents the fall of Bear Stearns in spring 2008”

In Fed We Trust by David Wessel   “an account of how Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, tackled the crisis”

Animal Spirits by George Akerlof and Robert Schiller   “looks at what went wrong with orthodox economics but also lays out ambitious ways human nature could be channelled to improve capitalism.”

Free by Chris Anderson   “explains changes the internet is wreaking on conventional business models”

Waste by Tristram Stuart   “uncompromising look at the food we unthinkingly throw away”

Why Your World Is About To Get A Whole Lot Smaller by Jeff Rubin   “on coping with “peak oil””

Supercorp by Rosabeth Moss Kanter   “an optimistic view of companies guided by “the social good””

How The Mighty Fall by Jim Collins   “topical”

Clever by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones   “on handling the stars among your staff”

Imagining India by Nandan Nilekani    “chief executive of Infosys Technologies, an account of the dynamism and dangers of his fast-growing home country”

Good Value by Stephen Green    “chairman of HSBC, an outline of a moral framework for globalisation and business”