Find out which groundbreaking book shed the most light on this year’s most challenging business issues.

The 2017 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award was announced on Monday night in New York. Awarded annually since 2005, the prize is conferred upon the author whose book best provides insight into the issues and challenges facing contemporary business.

This year’s award went to Amy Goldstein for Janesville: An American Story, a Washington Post reporter’s intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors’ assembly plant in Wisconsin, and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class.

Goldstein, along with five of the other shortlisted finalists, joined us recently for a series of Heleo Conversations that tackle the difficult questions facing the business world today. To read the full conversations, follow the links below:

Is Silicon Valley Too Powerful?

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With tech investor Ellen K. Pao, author of Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change, and senior editor of VICE’s Motherboard Brian Merchant, author of The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone.

Why Financial Scandals Keep Happening (and How We Can Prevent Them)

Why Financial Scandals Keep Happening (and How We Can Prevent Them)

With MIT professor Andrew Lo, author of Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought, and New York Times Finance Editor David Enrich, author of The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History.

The Secret to Understanding Income Inequality

The Secret to Understanding Income Inequality

With Washington Post staff writer Amy Goldstein, author of Janesville: An American Story, and Stanford University professor Walter Scheidel, author of The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century.


Congratulations to Amy Goldstein, and to all of this year’s shortlisted nominees!