The longlist for the 2017 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year award was released earlier this month. The annual award, established in 2005, looks to celebrate “a work which provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues” and generates enough buzz that booksellers like Barnes and Noble use it as a category on their website.

The judging panel, chaired by the editor of the Financial Times Lionel Barber, includes Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor at Allianz, Mozilla's Executive Chair Mitchell Baker, economist Herminia Ibarra, McKinsey & Company’s Partner and Director of Publishing Rik Kirkland, economist and author Dambisa Moyo, Professor of Economics at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business Randall Kroszner and Shruti Vadera, chairman of Santander UK.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony on November 6 at the National Gallery of London and awarded £30,000. All the shortlisted candidates will receive £10,000 each. Last year’s winner was a biography of economist and ex-Fed Chief Alan Greenspan written by Pulitzer Prize winner Sebastian Mallaby called The Man Who Knew. (See also: Top 5 Books Every Young Investor Must Read.)

Here are this year's best business books organized by subject:


Since tech companies continue to dominate the stock market and their importance in people's everyday lives keeps growing, its understandable the longlist includes several books that analyze what the impact of this rapid innovation will be. "Books on finance and economics occupy a large section of this year’s prize bookshelf. But it is the promise and threat of technological advance that, as in previous years, stand out as a dominant theme. One question for the judges is how durable they think the authors’ analyses of 2017’s shifting technological landscape will prove to be," wrote Andrew Hill, FT's management editor.

Tech is also producing our most prominent thought leaders these days. Longlisted are Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella's debut Hit Refresh, which has a foreword by Bill Gates, and former CEO of Reddit and whistleblower Ellen Pao's Reset. Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman's Thank You for Being Late was one of the Wall Street Journal's "10 Books to Read Now" and seems a likely candidate for the award, but it has also received some criticism. "Labor unions, government regulation, progressive populism, idle pleasures, and the consolations of philosophy: All of these just serve to impede flow and inhibit the sort of entrepreneurial ferment that brought us WeChat and Periscope.That’s the message of Thank You for Being Late," wrote Slate's Justin Peters. Friedman's use of graphs has also been roundly mocked. And the winners are:

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone - Satya Nadella

Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy - Jonathan Taplin

R​eset - Ellen Pao

The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future - Vivek Wadhwa, Alex Salkever

The One Device - The Secret History of the iPhone - Brian Merchant

Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination - Adam Lashinsky

​Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations - Thomas L. Friedman


Many of this year's books focus on financial inequality – the forces that create and destroy it and how economists and policy makers should think about it. Kate Raworth, a lecturer at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute, presents a new economic model and attacks the idea popular among politicians that economic growth translates to a thriving populace. Grave New World examines the movement against globalization and the risk it poses to prosperity; in Janesville, Amy Goldstein looks at the aftermath of the General Motors factory closing in Wisconsin; and The Great Leveller uses history to make the case that economic inequality can only exist in times of peace. Nobel prize-winning economist Jean​ Tirole argues that economists should engage in public debates and work to influence policy for the betterment of society in his manifesto Economics for the Common Good

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist - Kate Raworth

Grave New World: The End of Globalization, the Return of History - Stephen D. King

Economics for the Common Good - Jean Tirole

Janesville: An American Story - Amy Goldstein

The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality - Walter Schiedel


The finance books longlisted are about geniuses, scandals and new perspectives on the workings of the industry. Edward O. Thorp, also known as the Godfather of the quants, counted cards before turning to Wall Street and recounts his journey in ​A Man for All Markets. Sheelah Kolhatkar, a former hedge fund analyst and New Yorker staff writer, describes in great detail the seven-year government investigation into insider trading at SAC Capital in the legal thriller Black Edge.  Andrew W. Lo looks at the longstanding debate between those who believe the efficient markets hypothesis and those who argue markets are irrational. (See also: These are Must-Read Books for Finance Professionals.)

Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought - Andrew W. Lo

​A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market - Edward O. Thorp

Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street - Sheelah Kolhatkar

The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History - David Enrich

The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return - Mihir A. Desai

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