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Friday, September 19, 2008

Shortlist announced for Best Business Book

Ironically, in view of this week's meltdown on Wall Street, the shortlist for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award has been announced. The winner will be named October 14 (presumably if other dramatic developments don't intervene):

A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World, by William J. Bernstein (Atlantic Monthly Press)
Cold Steel: The Multi-billion-dollar Battle for a Global Industry, by Tim Bouquet & Byron Ousey (Little Brown Book Group UK)
When Markets Collide: Investment Strategies for the Age of Global Economic Change, by Mohamed El-Erian (McGraw-Hill)
McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld, by Misha Glenny (Knopf)
Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, by Lawrence Lessig (The Penguin Press)
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, by Alice Schroeder (Bantam)

Having read absolutely none of them, I nevertheless predict that it will be a toss-up between McMafia and Warren Buffett. Some of the other titles look doomed.

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