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Finalists for the £30,000 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award will be announced on Tuesday September 19.

The judging panel of leading business people, journalists and academics can select a shortlist of up to six books that provide “the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues”.

The shortlist will be published here along with full analysis of the judging process and interactive features. The September 19 print edition of the Financial Times will also feature the shortlisted titles.

Last year’s winner of the inaugural prize – the only one of its kind – was Thomas Friedman’s rumbustious analysis of globalisation, The World is Flat, and the shortlist included books on management, economics, business and technology.

This year’s entries included a wide range from the business book genre, from explorations of the role of the internet in business to corporate investigations and analyses of the global economy.

Books published in English since October 31, 2005 are eligible for the £30,000 first prize, but the award is also open to books that are scheduled for publication any time up to November 1 this year.

The judges include Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and chief executive of Goldman Sachs, Jeffrey Garten, professor of international trade, finance and business, Yale School of Management, Rachel Lomax, deputy governor for monetary policy at the Bank of England, N.R. Narayana Murthy, chairman and chief mentor of Infosys Technologies and Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP. Lionel Barber, the FT’s editor, and John Gapper, chief business commentator, represent the newspaper.

The winning book will be named at a gala ceremony in New York on October 26.

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