Money, Money, Money

With all the talk in the news, the approaching holiday season, etc., etc., today’s categories are Finance & Econ.

CONFESSION: as an English/Spanish/Library Science person, I have no idea what any of these books/awards committees will be talking about, but I somehow feel like I SHOULD….lol. Anyway, for the financial whizzes out there, here are the awarders & awardees:

1. Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business book of the year– (this is me controlling all snarky comments about sponsorship of this award). This award is approx. 5 years old, and per the “company line” it is well respected in the business and publishing worlds. The judging panel included lots of people with multiple degrees and titles like “former chair of the US Securities & Exchange Commission.” The list of nominees, past winners, and past judging committees are all listed on the website. Gotta hand it to the business folks, they covered the fine print. No massive research needed here. 🙂

2. Princeton University Press Economics Category/Finance Category (keep scrolling down)- The title of this award is fairly self-explanatory. On the other hand, I can’t find any information on how choices/selections are made…BUT in a touch I like, after each title is a list of OTHER awards that book has won.

3. TIAA/CREF Paul A Samuelson Award Judged by a panel of TIAA/CREF fellows & former winners, this award recognizes scholarly writing about financial security.

4. Strategy + Business magazine’s Best Business Book– compiled by the magizine’s book review editor and a panel of experts, this list covers several areas and is tied to major topics of the year.

5. Bloomberg News top 30– Another magazine’s book review editor-compiled list.

6. ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year, Business/Finance/Econ- see Here for more info about ForeWord

7. Spears Book Awards– While there are categories beyond finance/econ, it amuses me that these are co-sponsored by Citi Private Banking. Much information was given about the reliability of Spear’s magazine and the quality of its reputation, but nothing about the judging process. Books must be published in English the year they are nominated….that’s about it.

8. Axiom Business Book Awards- This award bills itself as the ONLY US based award solely for business books. There was no info about judging, but the contest is open to any author or publisher, including print on demand or one-title publishers. With gold, silver, and bronze prizes in 21 categories, these seemed pretty thorough.

9. PROSE Award “The PROSE Awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in over 40 categories. Judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals since 1976, the PROSE Awards are extraordinary for their breadth and depth. ”

10.ESHET Best Book Prize– This is the European Society for the History of Economic Thought. There are 3 committee judged categories, and no self-nominations are allowed…

11. Naked Capitalism “must read”-  the bloggers over at Naked Capitalism have an annual “must read” list too.

I wish just ONE of these would have a category “Money stuff for non-business majors” or “Plain English Explanations.” lol


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