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Deutscher Wirtschaftsbuchpreis 2014: Die Shortlist

The title says it all! I’ve been shortlisted for the Deutscher Wirtschaftsbuchpreis, an award for non-fiction books on topics related to business, economics and markets, and sponsored by Handelsblatt, the German business daily, and Goldman Sachs. It’s a big deal, presided over by a jury of ten luminaries from the German business world. I’m on the list of ten finalists with, inter alia, Michael Lewis, for Flash Boys, and Thomas Piketty… That’s company!

Here’s the full listing and press release: Wirtschaftsbuchpreis press release

Postscript: Michael Lewis won the prize, and here he is discussing he book at the evening presentation which took place at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 9 October. Take a look at the books on the table, and I’m second from the right.

„Die Märkte sollten immer versuchen, so fair wie möglich zu handeln, und die Technologie hat das meiner Meinung möglich gemacht. Das beizubehalten ist ein sehr nobles Ziel.“ Quelle: Markus Kirchgessner für Handelsblatt

Photo from the Handelsblatt website, http://www.handelsblatt.com/panorama/kultur-literatur/wirtschaftsbuchpreis/zehn-klassiker-von-morgen-wirtschaftsbuchpreis-2014-so-wurde-der-sieger-gefeiert/10819918.html?slp=false&p=10&a=false#image

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Reviewing Piketty

I wasn’t sure whether to be happy or not when tasked with reviewing ‘the big book that everyone’s talking about’, as Karen Shook, books editor of Times Higher Education put it. The Thomas Piketty review has turned into a flourishing genre of its own – phrases like magnum opus and a definite acquaintance with nineteenth century French literature are ‘de rigueur’. For a ten-step guide on how to do your own, see this brilliant piece in the Washington Post.

Still, at least it got me to read the book, and my review in THE is available here. I think I deserve a prize for spotting the Aristocats footnote too…

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