November 23, 2016

News & Opinion: The Man Who Knew Wins the 2016 FT Business Book Award

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 9:00 AM – Filed under: Narrative & Biography, Publishing Industry

It was announced last night that Sebastian Mallaby's biography of Alan Greenspan, The Man Who Knew, has won the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year. The Financial Times' Andrew Hill (who himself released a hell of a book) this year, tells us that:


It is the first biography to win the prize, although Mr Greenspan’s autobiography, The Age of Turbulence, was shortlisted in 2007, the year before the financial crisis raised serious questions about the central banker’s legacy.


The Man Who Knew is an impressive work of scholarship,” Lionel Barber, editor of the FT and chair of the book award judges, said. “It’s a masterpiece of political economy and, above all, it’s a great and enjoyable read.”


Mr Mallaby’s 800-page book was published in October by Bloomsbury and Penguin Press, and was hailed as “exceptional” in an FT review. It came up against strong competition from five other shortlisted books tackling the world’s critical economic and management challenges—from the US productivity gap to persistent gender imbalances.


Another of the judges praised the winning book for its “meticulous depth, which reveals all of [Mr Greenspan’s] human qualities and professional contradictions in a lucid way”.


The book is on our awards longlist, as well, a finalist in the Biography & Narrative category. I reviewed the books personally for our Editor's Choice series when it was released last month. As a biography, I think it's a master of the form, and is well-deserving of the FT Award.  Congratulations to Mr. Mallaby.


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.