Martin Ford Wins the 2015 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award

By Maryann Yin 

Robots Cover (GalleyCat)Martin Ford won the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year for The Rise of the Robots. Ford earned a £30,000 (about $45,581.40) prize, and the other shortlisted authors received £10,000 (about $15,193.80).

According to the press release, “the book discusses the impact of accelerating technology on our economic prospects, and whether the future will see broad based prosperity or catastrophic levels of inequality and economic insecurity. The award recognises the book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues.”

Past award winners include Thomas Piketty (2014), Brad Stone (2013), and Steve Coll (2012). We’ve posted the entire 2015 short list below.

Shortlist for the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year

The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment by Martin Ford (Oneworld Publications; Basic Books)

Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of Blackberry by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff (Flatiron/Macmillan)

Digital Gold: The Untold Story of Bitcoin by Nathaniel Popper (Allen Lane/Penguin Press; Harper/ HarperCollins)

Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter (Oneworld Publications; Random House)

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics by Richard Thaler (Allen Lane/Penguin Press; W. W. Norton)

How Music Got Free: What Happens When an Entire Generation Commits the Same Crime? by Stephen Witt (The Bodley Head/Penguin Random House; Viking)