Sixteen books have made it to the longlist for the 2012 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award from 262 entries.
This is the eighth year of the award, which “aims to recognise the business book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues”.
The Financial Times described the longlist as a “reading list to reflect loss of faith in capitalism”, with the state of the US economic model dominating.
The shortlist will be chosen at a judging session in September and the winner, who will receive £30,000, will be announced at an award dinner in New York on 1 November. The runners up will each receive £10,000.
The judges for the award are: Lionel Barber, editor of Financial Times; Vindi Banga of Clayton Dubilier & Rice; Lynda Gratton of London Business School; Douglas Holtz-Eakin of American Action Forum; Arthur Levitt, former chairman of SEC; Jorma Ollila of Royal Dutch Shell; and Shriti Vadera of Shriti Vadera Ltd.
The previous winnesr of the award are: 2011 – Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjeeand Esther Duflo; 2010 – Fault Lines by Raghuram Rajan; 2009 – Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed; 2008 – When Markets Collide by Mohamed El-Erian; and 2007 – The Last Tycoons by William Cohan; 2006 – China Shakes the World by James Kynge; and 2005 – Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat.
The 2012 longlist
· Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
· American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company by Bryce G. Hoffman
· Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles by Ruchir Sharma
· A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity by Luigi Zingales
· The End of Leadership by Barbara Kellerman
· The Hour Between Dog And Wolf: Risk-taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust by John Coates
· Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market and Wall Street’s Wildest Con by Guy Lawson
· Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order by Philip Coggan
· The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Businessby Charles Duhigg
· Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power by Steve Coll
· Standing on the Sun: How the Explosion of Capitalism Abroad Will Change Business Everywhere by Christopher Meyer and Julia Kirby
· Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson
· Volcker: The Triumph of Persistence by William L Silber
· What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and China’s Modern Consumer by Tom Doctoroff
· What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits Of Markets by Michael J Sandel
· Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James A Robinson