Shortlist for the 2009 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award announced

The shortlist for the fifth annual Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award ( was announced today.

The 2009 shortlist is:

Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism
George A. Akerlof & Robert J. Shiller (Princeton University Press)

Good Value: Reflections on Money, Morality and an Uncertain World
Stephen Green (Allen Lane UK, Grove/Atlantic USA)

Imagining India: Ideas for the New Century
Nandan Nilekani (Allen Lane UK, The Penguin Press USA)

In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic
David Wessel (Crown Business)

Lords of Finance: 1929, The Great Depression, and the Bankers who Broke the World
Liaquat Ahamed (William Heineman/Random House UK, The Penguin Press USA)

The Match King: Ivar Kreuger and the Financial Scandal of the Century
Frank Partnoy (Profile Books UK, Public Affairs USA)

The judges, Lionel Barber, Lloyd C. Blankfein, Mario Monti, Helen Alexander, Lynda Gratton and Alexander S. Friedman decided on the six books which, in their opinion, provided ‘the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues.’ The winning author will receive £30,000 and the other five shortlisted authors will each receive £5,000. 

The overall winner of the 2009 Book Award will be announced at an Award Dinner at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on 29th October, at which The Rt Hon Lord Mandelson, UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills, will be the keynote speaker.

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