April 13, 2010

News & Opinion: Business Narratives Take Home Two Pultizer Prizes

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 1:54 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Business narratives took home the Pulitzer Prize in two separate categories this year—Biograghy and History.

Liaquat Ahamed's Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World won top honors in History, and has been widely praised elsewhere, including winning the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award and being the sole book in the business category to have been chosen in The New York Times Book Review 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2009. (Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin was a runner-up in the category.)

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles was honored in the Biography category, and has also been acclaimed by critics, winning the National Book Award in Nonfiction and being named one of the Best Biographies of 2009 by strategy + business magazine.

If you're interested in more business histories and biographies, check out Jack's recent review of Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West by Stephen Fried.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.