Business book award

Ravi Mattu

Earlier this evening, the winner of the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award was given to Liaquat Ahamed for Lords of Finance, his history of how central bankers’ mistakes led to the Great Depression.

As it happens, I shared a table at the ceremony with Mr Ahamed and his publishers – and managed to keep from revealing the winner to any of my dinner companions.

The book bowled over the judges – but did it bowl you over, too? Do you agree with decision or do you think one of the other shortlisted titles were superior?

Have your say in the comments section or vote on the awards homepage.

You can also see video from the event at the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and find extra information about the winner and the awards.

Ravi Mattu

Six titles have made it to the shortlist for the 2009 Business Book of the Year Award – two Depression-era histories, two books by serving corporate bosses, a blow-by-blow assessment of the US authorities’ reaction to the financial crisis, and a manifesto for a new economic theory.

The final decision on a winner will be taken by the judges on October 29, but in the meantime you can have your say on which book should win – whether on the list or not.

Here is the list – do you agree? Or are other books more worthy of a place on the shortlist?

Lords of Finance, by Liaquat Ahamed
Good Value, by Stephen Green
Imagining India, by Nandan Nilekani

The Match King, by Frank Partnoy
Animal Spirits, by George Akerlof and Robert Shiller
In Fed We Trust, by David Wessel



About the authors

Stefan Stern writes a column on Tuesdays on management. He is winner of the 2010 Towers Watson award for excellence in HR journalism, and has previously won awards from the Work Foundation and the Management Consultancies Association.

Ravi Mattu is the editor of Business Life, the FT's management features section, and a former editor of the Mastering Management series. He joined the FT in 2000 from Prospect magazine

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