If you’re looking for your next immersive and informative business-focused read, the Financial Times has you covered with the newly unveiled shortlist for the publication’s 2022 Business Book of the Year Awards.
Last year’s winner was “How They Call Me the World Ends,” by New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth on cyberattacks and the sophisticated hackers who use them to wreak havoc on individuals, businesses and governments.
On Thursday, the Financial Times announced six finalists for this year’s award, all published between November 16, 2021 and November 15 this year. This year’s award finalists cover a wide range of topics, including the dramatic rise of Chinese Internet giant Tencent to dominate the global semiconductor chip market and the investigation into fraud — and even murder. Industrial scandal.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on December 5, and the author will receive a cash prize of approximately $32,700. The winners of the competition will receive a prize of approximately $11,000 each.
Until then, you can judge for yourself. Here are the six finalists for this year’s Financial Times Business Book of the Year Awards:
‘Dead in the Water: Murder and Fraud in the World’s Most Secretive Industry’.
In the film “Dead in the Water,” Bloomberg reporters Matthew Campbell and Keith Chell explore the scandal surrounding the 2011 hijacking of the fake oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso and the murder of the British mariner tasked with investigating the incident.
A Financial Times review called the book “partly a well-written, well-paced thriller. But also a moral tale.”
‘Impact Empire: The Story of Tencent and China’s Tech Ambition’.
In the year Since its founding in 1998, Tencent has become one of China’s — and the world’s — largest companies in China, thanks to a collection of valuable technology and entertainment holdings that started with instant messaging software and is now one of the world’s largest video game publishing companies. Tencent Games.
In “Empire Effect,” Bloomberg technology reporter Lulu Chen uses insider interviews to track Tencent’s rise to become a nearly $360 billion company.
‘The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism: America and the World in the Free Market Era’.
In his new book, Cambridge University historian Gary Gerstle puts neoliberalism under the microscope. Gerstle explores how the focus on free trade and free market capitalism in the United States four decades ago helped shape the American political landscape of the late 20th century, arguing that neoliberalism has been on the wane in recent years. A grassroots movement like former President Donald Trump.
‘The Law of Power: Venture Capital and the Art of Disruption’.
Washington Post columnist Sebastian Malaby previously won the 2016 Financial Times Business Book of the Year award for his biography of economist Alan Greenspan. His latest book, “The Law of Power,” looks at the role venture capitalists have played in shaping Silicon Valley and the technology industry as a whole.
Talking to venture capitalists who have backed the world’s most successful tech companies—from Google to Alibaba—Malabi examines VCs’ decision-making processes and how much their success is based on “gut instincts and spreadsheets and data, not personality.”
‘The Chip War: The Battle for the World’s Most Critical Technology’
The supply chain issues that contributed to the global semiconductor chip shortage made it painfully clear how ubiquitous and important those tiny electrical circuits are in our modern world.
In “Chip Wars,” historian Chris Miller describes the history of semiconductor chip design and how modern nations continue to spend billions of dollars fighting for market dominance to design and build chips used in everything from computers and smartphones to cars and home appliances.
“Trouble: Troubled Times in the 21st Century”.
“Disorder” examines the current geopolitical and economic landscape of changing energy consumption and the global shift to green technology. In her “dissertation,” Helen Thompson, professor of political economy at the University of Cambridge, explores the role the transition away from fossil fuels has played in various political and economic crises over the past decade, including continued instability in the Middle East. Populist movements in the East, America and abroad, and even Russia’s war in Ukraine.
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