The Financial Times and McKinsey’s Best Business Books of 2021


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  • The Financial Times & McKinsey announced on December 1 the best business book of 2021.
  • The judges chose “This is how they tell me the end of the world“by journalist Nicole Perlroth.
  • Below is this year’s shortlist, ranging from the opioid epidemic to climate change.

The Financial Times and McKinsey announced the winner and finalists for the 2021 Business Book of the Year award.

This year’s winner, “This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends” by New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth, delivers a crucial and in-depth analysis of the cyber arms race, encountering hackers, spies and criminals who claim to infiltrate critical computer systems. .

Intrepid journalist Nicole Perloth delves into cybercrime to create an urgent and alarming analysis of the threat posed by the arms race from cybercriminals.

“Nicole Perlroth has done something that had never been done before: delve so deep into the mysterious world of hackers,” Financial Times editor-in-chief Roula Khalaf said in a press release. “Cyber ​​security is not high enough on the agenda for CEOs. I hope this award will inspire them to read and pay attention to this book.”

McKinsey Managing Partner Europe, Magnus Tyeman, echoed the importance and uniqueness of Perlroth’s book. “Nicole Perlroth has written a book that is more than just a reminder that the world has largely ignored the realities and deep implications of the arms race between hackers, cybercriminals and corporations and national governments,” said Tyeman said. “This is an alarming book, in which the author presents in a convincing, granular and factual manner how vulnerable the world’s computer systems have become, although it also comes with an urgent plea for a specific and systematic action. “

Below you’ll find all six of this year’s shortlisted books – stacked with reporters and ranging from topics ranging from the opioid epidemic (by the prolific author of “Say Nothing”) to racism, to climate change and meritocracy.

The Business Book of the Year winner receives a prize of £ 30,000, and the finalists win £ 10,000 each.

Below are the six books on the Financial Times & McKinsey 2021 Business Book of the Year shortlist:

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