Each year, dozens of books detailing business strategies and profiling success stories are published, making it difficult to discern which ones are worth your time.
Luckily, an esteemed panel of judges for the annual Financial Times’ and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award (previously Goldman Sachs was a partner) have released a short list of the six most influential books of the year.
The topics range from inequality to digital privacy, and the judges hope they will inspire creative thinking and help readers deepen their understanding of today’s world, says Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times.
Panel members include Steve Coll, dean of the School of Journalism at Columbia University and a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine; Steve Denning, chairman of General Atlantic, LLC; and Rik Kirkland, director of publishing for McKinsey & Company.
Here are the books that made the list:
By Julia Angwin
Times Books/Henry Holt
By Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
W. W. Norton Ltd
“Creativity, Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration“
By Ed Catmull
Bantam Press/Transworld Publishers (UK), Random House (US)
By Nick Davies
Chatto & Windus (UK), Faber & Faber (US)
By Atif Mian and Amir Sufi
University of Chicago Press
By Thomas Piketty
Belknap Press/Harvard University Press
The winning book will be announced on November 11. Previous winners have included Brad Stone’s “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon” (2013); Steve Coll’s “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power” (2012); and Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s “Poor Economics” (2011).
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