Business Book Award Longlist: Must-Read Titles Of 2015 by Andrew Hill, Financial Times

The promise and perils of technology dominate the longlist for this year’s Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.

The 15 titles include Ashlee Vance’s Elon Musk, a biography of the charismatic entrepreneur behind the Tesla electric car, Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper, on the development of the virtual currency bitcoin, and The Rise of the Robots, by Martin Ford, about jobs and automation.

Only one technology book has won the prize before —The Everything Store, about Amazon, in 2013. But this year’s tech contenders also include: How Music Got Free, Stephen Witt’s story of how online piracy nearly brought down the recording industry; Losing the Signal, by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, about the rise and fall of BlackBerry; and Steve LeVine’s investigation of how battery science is advancing, The Powerhouse.

Also in the running this year is Anne-Marie Slaughter’s keenly awaited Unfinished Business, due out next month. Slaughter’s book about how to narrow the gender gap is certain to reignite debate about the alternative vision laid out by Sheryl Sandberg, author of 2013 finalist Lean In.

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Business Book Award – Must-Read Titles Of 2015

Book Titles Author/s Publisher
Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception George Akerlof and Robert Shiller Princeton University Press
Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics Richard Thaler W.W. Norton
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Ashlee Vance Ecco
Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman Princeton University Press
How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century, and The Patient Zero of Piracy Stephen Witt Viking
Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family Anne-Marie Slaughter Oneworld Publications/ Random House
Restart: The Last Chance for the Indian Economy Mihir Sharma Vintage Books/ Random House India
Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future Martin Ford Basic Books
Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses – and Misuses – of History Barry Eichengreen Oxford University Press
The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World Steve LeVine Viking
Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of Blackberry Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff Flatiron/ Macmillan
Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money Nathaniel Popper Harper/ HarperCollins
Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner Crown Publishers/ Penguin Random House
Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time Jeffrey Pfeffer HarperBusiness/ HarperCollins
Black Horse Ride: The Inside Story of Lloyds and the Banking Crisis Ivan Fallon The Robson Press/ Biteback Publishing

Business Book Award Longlist: Must-Read Titles Of 2015