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getAbstract International Book Award

Who are the giants of modern thought? What impact do they have on the business agenda?

Each year, getAbstract assesses more than 10,000 English and German non-fiction books. From these, it selects 10 finalists.

Since 2001, getAbstract has awarded the prize to several esteemed authors, including Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Robert J. Shiller, Benoît Mandelbrot and Chris Anderson, as well as their publishers. Below you'll find the outstanding winners of this prestigious award.

The official awards ceremony takes place at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany and is open to the public.

 

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The World Until Yesterday

The World Until Yesterday

Limit your exposure to modern maladies by adopting the wise habits of primitive people in traditional societies.

Jared Diamond, a geography professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, also wrote Collapse. His book Guns, Germs and Steel won the Pulitzer Prize.


The Signal and the Noise

The Signal and the Noise

Why is making predictions so difficult? And why do some predictions come true?

Nate Silver is the owner and editor-in-chief of ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight blog and is a special correspondent for ABC News.


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Paper Money Collapse

Paper Money Collapse

Paper money and the economies based on it are destined to fold, and soon.

Detlev S. Schlichter, a writer and Austrian-school economist, formerly worked as a trader and investment manager.


Too Big to Know

Too Big to Know

The Internet’s limitless information reshapes the very idea of knowledge.

Blogger David Weinberger, co-author of the bestseller, The Cluetrain Manifesto, is a fellow at the Harvard University Berkman Center for the Internet and Society.



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The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide

The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide

If you’re tempted to ignore corporate wrongdoing, don’t. But protect yourself if you do blow the whistle.

Tom Devine is the legal director of the Government Accountability Project and a member of the Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame. Tarek F. Maassarani is a former Government Accountability Project investigator. He now teaches at George Washington University.



Why the West Rules – for Now

Why the West Rules – for Now

What forces allowed Western civilization to overtake Eastern civilization, and why might this critical balance tip?

Ian Morris teaches classics and history at Stanford University, where he is an Archeology Center fellow. His books include The Greeks and The Dynamics of Ancient Empires.



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Accelerating Out of the Great Recession

Accelerating Out of the Great Recession

First, a diagnosis of the low-growth economy, and then a prescription: a strategic plan for financial success.

David Rhodes and Daniel Stelter are senior partners in The Boston Consulting Group, an international consultancy. Rhodes, based in London, is an expert on corporate strategy and organization, and Stelter, based in Berlin, focuses on corporate finance and strategic direction.



How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes

How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes

It’s no fluke: Read this fish firm’s fable to see why fiscal crises happen and how to solve them. Don’t let it swim away.

Peter D. Schiff is the best-selling author of Crash Proof 2.0 and The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets. He is president of Euro Pacific Capital, a brokerage firm, where financial media expert Andrew J. Schiff is a broker and communications director.




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Animal Spirits

Animal Spirits

A provocative psychology-based proposal to rethink the fundamental principles of economics.

George A. Akerlof, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in economics, is a professor at the University of California Berkeley. Robert J. Shiller, best-selling author of Irrational Exuberance and The Subprime Solution, teaches economics at Yale University.



The Ascent of Money

The Ascent of Money

Readable history explores the role of finance over time – from credit markets in Renaissance, Italy, to mayhem on Wall Street.

Niall Ferguson is Laurence A. Tisch professor of history at Harvard University, senior research fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His books include Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus and The War of the World.



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Economic Facts and Fallacies

Economic Facts and Fallacies

Avoid the common economic fallacies that trip even the most careful thinkers.

Thomas Sowell is scholar-in-residence at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is also the author of Basic Economics.


Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets

Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets

Do-gooders, empire builders and world changers, beware. We're on to you.

William Bonner is president and CEO of a financial-newsletter company. He created the Daily Reckoning, a contrarian financial newsletter, and co-authored Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Lila Rajiva is a journalist and author of The Language of Empire.




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The Black Swan

The Black Swan

Open your eyes to many highly unlikely but important events that shape the world - and your life.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a former derivatives trader, is Dean's Professor in the Sciences of Uncertainty at the University of Massachusetts and teaches at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He also wrote Fooled by Randomness.


The Halo Effect

The Halo Effect

How the usual way companies measure success leads managers astray - and what sustained success really looks like.

Phil Rosenzweig, Ph.D., is a professor at IMD, the International Institute for Management Development, in Lausanne, Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and taught at the Harvard Business School.



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The Long Tail

The Long Tail

Online sellers can offer infinite variety to niche buyers, giving cyber-products a longer, more powerful life: the long tail.

Chris Anderson is the editor of Wired magazine, which he has led to five National Magazine Award nominations. In 2005, he was named Advertising Age's editor of the year. He previously worked atThe Economist, Nature and Science magazines. Acceptance Speech.


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Chasing Daylight

Chasing Daylight

How KPMG CEO Eugene O''Kelly used the last three months of his life to learn how to live - a heartfelt farewell.

At 53, Eugene O'Kelly was chairman and CEO of KPMG. A lifetime New Yorker, he started with KPMG as an assistant accountant in 1972 and worked his way to the top, becoming U.S. CEO in April 2002. Andrew Postman assisted in writing this book. Philip Ruppel edited it. Corinne O'Kelly wrote the last chapter.



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Blue Ocean Strategy

Blue Ocean Strategy

To be in the same boat as Starbucks and Curves, sail your "blue ocean strategy" into uncharted, uncontested waters.

W. Chan Kim is a professor of strategy and international management at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Previously, he taught at the University of Michigan Business School. He has written for numerous business journals, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and is a founder of the Value Innovation Network. Renée Mauborgne is a Distinguished Fellow at INSEAD, where she is a professor of strategy and management. She is also a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and published numerous articles on strategy and managing multinational corporations.


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The (Mis)behavior of Markets

The (Mis)behavior of Markets

Just how risky is the market? Before risking your bottom line on orthodox thinking, read these unconventional heresies.

Benoit Mandelbrot, the inventor of fractal geometry, is Sterling Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Yale University and a Fellow Emeritus at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Laboratory. Richard L. Hudson is former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal's European edition.




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The New Financial Order

The New Financial Order

Break new ground with six proposals for harnessing the power of information technology to distribute economic risk.

Robert J. Shiller is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics at Yale University. He is the author of Macro Markets, which won the first annual Paul A. Samuelson Award of TIAA-CREF, and Irrational Exuberance, which was a New York Times bestseller.


Leading Geeks

Leading Geeks

"Geeks" are independent, complex, unsocial. Congratulations, you get to motivate them. Geekwork is ambiguous, erratic, costly. Even more congratulations, you get to manage it.

For more than 15 years, management consultant Paul Glen has advised clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia on building effective technology organizations. He served as an adjunct faculty member in the MBA programs at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and at Loyola Marymount University. Prior to founding C2 Consulting, he was western regional manager for SEI Information Technology, a national IT consultancy. He is a self-described "geek".



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The End of Management

The End of Management

Democracy - coming soon to a company near you.

Kenneth Cloke is director of the Center for Dispute Resolution, and a mediator, arbitrator, consultant, and trainer. Joan Goldsmith is an organizational consultant and educator specializing in leadership development and organizational change. Cloke and Goldsmith draw on more than 30 years of practical experience in organizational consulting with hundreds of organizations. They are co-authors of four previous books, including Resolving Conflicts at Work.



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Money and Power

Money and Power

This history of business: From the spread of the steam engine to the making of Microsoft millionaires.

Howard Means has written or co-written several books, and is a senior editor at Washingtonian magazine. His books include The 500 Year Delta, Colin Powell: A Biography and The Visionary's Handbook, as well as the novel, C.S.A. His books have been published in more than ten countries and have appeared on business bestseller lists. He won two William Allen White medals for writing. David Grubin, author of the foreword, is a producer, director, writer and cinematographer who has won eight Emmy awards and has produced more than 100 films. Grubin received a Guggenheim Fellowship and was a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College. He produced Money and Power, the PBS documentary that was the basis for this book.


The Pied Pipers of Wall Street

The Pied Pipers of Wall Street

Wall Street Research: Analysis or Advertising? You decide.

Benjamin Mark Cole helped launch the daily financial paper Investor's Daily (now Investor's Business Daily). For 20 years, he has been a leading financial reporter, writing for U.S. News & World Report, The Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and the Los Angeles Business Journal. He currently writes the "Wall Street West" column in the Los Angeles Business Journal.