The Financial Times announces the shortlist for the 2022 Business Book of the Year Award

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The Financial Times today published the shortlist for the 2022 Business Book of the Year Award. Now in its eighteenth year, the Award is an essential calendar fixture for authors, publishers and the global business community. Each year it recognises a book which provides the ‘most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues’.

This year’s shortlisted books, selected by the eight distinguished judges (see below) are:
  • Dead in the Water: Murder and Fraud in the World’s Most Secretive Industry by Matthew Campbell, Kit Chellel, Atlantic Books (UK), Portfolio (US)
  • Influence Empire: The Story of Tencent and China’s Tech Ambition by Lulu Chen, Hodder & Stoughton, (UK and US)
  • The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order: America and the World in the Free Market Era by Gary Gerstle, Oxford University Press (UK and US)
  • The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Art of Disruption by Sebastian Mallaby, Allen Lane (UK), Penguin Press (US)
  • Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology by Chris Miller, Simon & Schuster (UK), Scribner (US)
  • Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century by Helen Thompson, Oxford University Press (UK and US)

Roula Khalaf, Editor of the Financial Times, said: “Our finalists have tackled some of the toughest and most important issues facing global capitalism, from the energy crisis to semiconductor supply to technology investment. They have done so in compelling and enjoyable prose, based on deep knowledge and extensive investigation.

The judging panel, chaired by Roula Khalaf, comprises:
  • Mimi Alemayehou, Senior Vice President, Public–Private Partnerships, Humanitarian & Development Group, Mastercard
  • Mitchell Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Mozilla Corporation, Chairwoman, Mozilla Foundation
  • Mohamed El-Erian, President, Queens’ College, Cambridge University, Advisor to Allianz and Gramercy
  • Herminia Ibarra, Charles Handy Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School
  • James Kondo, Chairman, International House of Japan
  • Randall Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics & Deputy Dean for Executive Programs, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
  • Shriti Vadera, Chair, Prudential Plc and Royal Shakespeare Company

The Financial Times winner of the 2022 Business Book of the Year Award will be announced on 5 December at an event hosted by Roula Khalaf, Editor of the Financial Times. The winner will receive £30,000 and the author(s) of each of the remaining shortlisted books will be awarded £10,000.


Previous Business Book of the Year winners include: Nicole Perlroth for This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race (2021); Sarah Frier for No Filter: The Inside Story of How Instagram Transformed Business, Celebrity and Our Culture (2020); Caroline Criado Perez for Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men (2019); John Carreyrou for Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (2018); Amy Goldstein for Janesville: An American Story (2017); Sebastian Mallaby for The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan (2016); Martin Ford for Rise of the Robots (2015); Thomas Piketty for Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2014); Brad Stone for The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon (2013); Steve Coll for Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power (2012); Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo for Poor Economics (2011); Raghuram Rajan for Fault Lines (2010); Liaquat Ahamed for The Lords of Finance (2009); Mohamed El-Erian for When Markets Collide (2008); William D. Cohan for The Last Tycoons (2007); James Kynge for China Shakes the World (2006); and Thomas Friedman, as the inaugural award winner in 2005, for The World is Flat.


To learn more about the award, visit ft.com/bookaward and follow the conversation at #BBYA22.