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Longlist for FT business book of the year announced

Lord Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills, has confirmed that he will be the keynote speaker at the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award Dinner, to be held at The Victoria & Albert Museum in London on 29th October.

The longlist for the Award (www.ft.com/bookaward) was announced today, marking the first public release of the longlist for this prestigious Award that aims to identify the book providing the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues.

The books on the longlist are:

“Animal Spirit”
George A. Akerlof & Robert J. Shiller (Princeton University Press)

Rob Goffee & Gareth Jones (Harvard Business Press)

Chris Anderson (Random House)

“Good Value”
Stephen Green (Penguin Press)

“House of Cards”
William D. Cohan (Penguin Press UK, Doubleday USA)

“How the Mighty Fall”
Jim Collins (Random House)

“Imagining India”
Nandan Nilekani (Penguin Press)

“In Fed We Trust”
David Wessel (Crown Publishing Group, Crown Business)

“Lords of Finance“
Liaquat Ahamed (Cornerstone, Random House)

Rosabeth Moss Kanter (Random House)

“The Match King”
Frank Partnoy (Profile Books)

“The Myth of the Rational Market”
Justin Fox (HarperCollins)

“This Time is Different”
Carmen M. Reinhart & Kenneth S. Rogoff (Princeton University Press)

“Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal“
Tristram Stuart (Penguin Press, Allen Lane)

“Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller“
Jeff Rubin (Virgin Books)

A shortlist of six books determined by this year’s Award judging panel will be announced on 17th September. The overall winner of the 2009 Book Award will be announced at a gala dinner at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on 29th October. The winning author will receive £30,000 and the other five shortlisted authors will each receive £5,000.

The judging panel for the 2009 Award is:

  • Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

  • Mario Monti, President of the Bocconi University of Milan and the first Chairman of Bruegel

  • Helen Alexander, President, CBI

  • Lynda Gratton, Professor, London Business School

  • Alexander S. Friedman, Chief Financial Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Award is designed to highlight the book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics. Entries were invited from publishers of business books in the English language that were first published between 31st October 2008 and 1st November 2009.

For further information, please contact:

Lizzie Allen, Financial Times
T: +44 (0)207 873 4463
E: lizzie.allen@FT.com

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