In today’s Well, I Didn’t Know That! post, I feature a podcast from the Financial Times (FT). It focuses on a genre of books I wouldn’t naturally have picked up all that readily – business books.
I read a vast array of genres. However, the concept of a business book fills the mind with connotations of stuffiness and, well, that they’re going to be dull. In just 16 minutes of my day, I discovered a number of titles proving this is can be a misconception.
If you are new to the Well, I Didn’t Know That! series, you can check out my introductory post here.
The podcast featured today discusses the shortlisted and prize-winning books of FT’s 2022 Business Book is the Year award. To be considered for this award, FT specifically look for “compelling and enjoyable” books. So, if there are any business books to pick up, then these are going to be the best of the best!
If you want to check out the podcast for yourself, I will provide a link to Apple podcasts here.
So, which books featured in this podcast caught my attention?
Winner – Chip War
The winner of the 2022 Business Book of the Year award went to Chip War. This particular book details the reliance we have on a small number of companies to produce one of the most significant technologies in the world – microchips.
One of the facts I learned in this podcast is that this technology, which is a used widely in electronics to date, stemmed from development for military missiles. Perhaps we have the Cold War to thank or something?
This book appeals to me because we have seen the consequences in the last year of the shortage of the technology. But, the most interesting thing about this book is that it is described as a non-fiction thriller by readers and has been very highly rated!
Shortlist – Dead in the Water
One of the shortlisted books for this award also caught my attention. Dead in the Water is a true crime novel which arose as a result of investigative journalism into the hijacking and subsequent destruction of an oil tanker. I have never heard of this incident, but given that there is clearly more than meets the eye here, I want to read and find out what happened!
Dead in the Water is also quite a short read. Even if it isn’t normally your cup of tea, I feel like this is the kind of book, you could try regardless. If the book is any good, I would also be inclined to recommend it to a friend of mine who works in the shipping industry!
FT’s podcast has introduced me to some titles that I wouldn’t necessarily have looked at before. It’s also challenged my thinking that books of this type are dull and boring. I’ll definitely pay more attention to books shortlisted for this award in future!
Have you read any business books? Do you have any to recommend to me?