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2008 Business Book Award

Mohamed El-Erian won the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award 2008 for When Markets Collide: Investment Strategies for the Age of Global Economic Change.


-Lloyd Blankfein

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Mohamed El-Erian provides invaluable context for the global financial crisis and does so in an extremely accessible and compelling way. When Markets Collide deserves to be this year’s winner.

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Mohamed El-Erian won the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award 2008 for When Markets Collide: Investment Strategies for the Age of Global Economic Change, a timely alert to the fundamental changes taking place in today’s global economic and financial systems – and a call to action for investors who may fall victim to misinterpreting important signals, published by McGraw-Hill.

The Award was presented today at a Gala Dinner at the Plaza Hotel in New York by Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times, and Lloyd C Blankfein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs. The keynote speaker was Samuel J. Palmisano, Chairman, CEO, and President of IBM. CNBC Anchor Maria Bartiromo co-hosted the evening.

The judging panel for the 2008 Award was:

  • Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

  • Professor Niall Ferguson, Academic, Author and Financial Historian

  • Mario Monti, President of Bocconi University, Milan and Former Competition Commissioner of the European Union

  • Helen Alexander, Senior Adviser, Bain Capital, Non-Executive Director of Rolls Royce and Centrica and Vice President CBI

  • Sung-Joo Kim, Chairperson & CEO of Sungjoo Group and MCM Group

The shortlist included:

A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Has Shaped the World from Prehistory to the Present
William Bernstein (Atlantic Books)

Cold Steel: The Multi-billion-dollar Battle for a Global Industry
Tim Bouquet & Byron Ousey (Little Brown Book Group)

McMafia: Crime Without Frontiers
Misha Glenny (Random House)

Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy
Lawrence Lessig (The Penguin Press)

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
Alice Schroeder (Bloomsbury Publishing)