December 13, 2013

News & Opinion: The 2013 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards Shortlist: Finance & Economics

By: Sally Haldorson @ 6:16 PM – Filed under: Current Events & Public Affairs

Over the course of this week, we will be posting the shortlist selections for our 8 business book categories: General Business, Leadership, Management, Entrepreneurship & Small Business, Marketing & Sales, Personal Development, Innovation & Creativity, Finance & Economics. On Monday, December 16th, we'll announce the 8 category winners! In early January, the overall winner of the 2013 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards will be awarded, so stay tuned to The Daily Blog for all the good news.

The selections for the Finance & Economics category are:

This year’s Finance & Economics books are a diverse group, but they all speak of the creation of new worlds. The Alchemists by Neil Irwin is the story of the American, British, and European Union central bankers unprecedented institutional response to the most recent global economic crisis, and how they essentially created money from thin air (as the alchemists of old hoped to do) to save us from another world-wide collapse. Benn Steil’s The Battle of Bretton Woods documents their World War II era predecessors’ creation of the old Bretton Woods system and stabilization of the world economy under American leadership after the upheaval of those crises. In The Billionaire’s Apprentice, Anita Raghavan introduces us to creation of a much more insular world—the ascent of a fabulously wealthy Indian-American elite on Wall Street—and the scandal that brought down Galleon Hedge Fund and some of that elite’s most famous members. Ninety Percent of Everything by Rose George chronicles another machination of modern economics—the massive container ships that make our iteration of the globalized world possible, and the life aboard those ships. Finally, we have The Physics of Wall Street, James Owen Weatherall’s exploration of the history of complex financial modeling, how its flawed implementation in Markets has failed us, and how to improve the way it is done to revolutionize finance and create a new world with less risk and more accurate valuations.

About Sally Haldorson

Sally Haldorson's job as 800-CEO-READ’s General Manager is to make 800-CEO-READ a great place to work for our employees, and a consistently high-performing customer service organization for our clients, authors, and our partners in the publishing industry. In addition to her General Manager duties ensuring collaboration, integration, and quality, she reads, writes, reviews, curates, and edits for the company. Helping craft The 100 Best Business Books of All Time used parts of both skill sets. Outside of work, she is most likely to be found hitting a tennis ball around or hanging out with her boys (husband, child, dog) at home.