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Best Business Books of the Year / December 2022

For December 2022, here are 12 books from the longlist for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year for 2022 that you can borrow from JMU Libraries. Chris Miller won the £30,000 prize for Chip War, a "timely and important account of the global battle for semiconductor supremacy" (Hill, 2022).

Chip War

An epic account of the decades-long battle to control what has emerged as the world's most critical resource--microchip technology--with the United States and China increasingly in conflict.

Direct: The rise of the middleman economy and the power of going to the source

Investigates the surprising ways that middlemen have taken control of the economy at the expense of the rest of us, and provides practical guidance about how to regain control, find more meaning, and contribute to a more sustainable economy.

The Power Law

The astonishingly frank and intimate story of Silicon Valley's dominant venture-capital firms--and how their strategies and fates have shaped the path of innovation and the global economy Innovations rarely come from "experts."

Nomad Century

Global migration has doubled in the past decade, on track to see literal billions displaced in the coming decades. What exactly is happening? And how will this new great migration reshape us all?


Renowned economist Tyler Cowen and venture capitalist and entrepreneur Daniel Gross set out to study the art and science of finding talent at the highest level: the people with the creativity, drive, and insight to transform an organization and make everyone around them better.

The Price of Time: The real story of interest

Explores the history of interest and its essential function in determining how capital is allocated and priced.

Flying Blind

A suspenseful behind-the-scenes look at the dysfunction that contributed to one of the worst tragedies in modern aviation: the 2018 and 2019 crashes of the Boeing 737 MAX.

Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century

Explains the historical origins of the political shocks of the past decade, showing how the Covid-19 crisis blew apart fault lines in western democracies, the US-China relationship, NATO, and the European Union that had been accumulating for decades.

Butler to the World

Unravels the dark secret of how Britain placed itself at the center of the global offshore economy and at the service of the worst people in the world.

Dead in the Water

A shocking expose of the ;criminal inner workings of international shipping, told through the lens of the Brillante hijacking and its aftermath.

Slouching Towards Utopia: An economic history of the twentieth century

Charts the unprecedented explosion of material wealth after 1870 which transformed living standards around the world, freeing humanity from centuries of poverty, but paradoxically has left us now with unprecedented inequality, global warming, and widespread dissatisfaction with the status quo.

The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order

The most sweeping account of how neoliberalism came to dominate American politics for nearly a half century before crashing against the forces of Trumpism on the right and a new progressivism on the left.