International Book Award 2017

getAbstract is proud to announce the winners of the International Book Award 2017!


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The Seventh Sense

Joshua Cooper Ramo, Little, Brown

Executive and former journalist Joshua Cooper Ramo believes the world is going to pieces, and he offers a unique theory to explain the chaos. He starts with the idea that the “age of networks” brings connections that create surprising power and unpredictable outcomes. Ramo contends that to comprehend the new world order and make savvy decisions, you must understand these emerging connections. getAbstract recommends his overview to executives, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, professors, students and anyone seeking clarity in a confusing world.

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We do Things Differently

Mark Stevenson, Profile Books

Remarkable trailblazers around the globe are brimming with unconventional ideas and the gutsy pragmatism to carry them out. And upbeat futurist Mark Stevenson should know. He’s traveled the world meeting some of the most inspiring and drawing out their innovative passions. His diverse selection includes democracy-building Brazilian ex-revolutionaries, an engineer moved by brotherly love to upend the system for discovering medications, and intrepid urban agriculturists turning Detroit’s cityscape green. getAbstract recommends his stirring examples to leaders, mavericks and all ardent doers.


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Carsten Hentrich and Michael Pachmajer, Murmann

Wer seine Marktanteile nicht an Unternehmen aus dem Silicon Valley verlieren will, sollte besser heute als morgen mit der digitalen Transformation beginnen. Aber wie genau soll man dabei zu Werke gehen?

Das perfekte Handbuch für den Digitalisierungs-Praktiker, findet getAbstract und empfiehlt es vor allem CEOs und CIOs.

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Das Ende der Demokratie

Yvonne Hofstetter, C. Bertelsmann

Warnungen vor totaler Überwachung, gefilterten Informationen und Manipulation durch Internetgiganten sprießen seit einigen Jahren in Buchform aus dem Boden. Auch über Big Data und künstliche Intelligenz ist schon vieles geschrieben worden. Lesenswert ist Yvonne Hofstetters neues Werk trotzdem: Die Autorin von Sie wissen alles verbindet diese Themen in kurzweiliger Form miteinander und baut darauf ihre Analyse möglicher politischer Zukunftsszenarien auf. getAbstract empfiehlt das Buch allen politisch Interessierten und allen Internetnutzern.

Congratulations to all of our winners! Here are a few words from our winners:

The world is changing faster than ever before. Such volatility and uncertainty is frightening for some and exciting for others. getAbstract falls into the latter category, because changing environments always provide inspiration for great books.  The books getAbstract selects for its library are all relevant to business, but they share one other characteristic: They never advise “business as usual.”

getAbstract is proud to present the getAbstract International Book Award to the best business books of  2017. This year, getAbstract assessed more than 10,000 English and German business books in the fields of leadership and management, strategy, sales and marketing, human resources, economics and politics, finance, and career development, and we have selected 10 finalists.

The 2017 nominees are:



Two nominated titles from each language category will receive the getAbstract International Book Award, a coveted prize within the international publishing world. The official award ceremony will take place on October 11, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Frankfurt Book Fair’s Reading Tent in Frankfurt/Main.

This year, the award celebrates its 17th anniversary. When the getAbstract International Book Award launched in 2001, it was the first international prize of its kind to honor outstanding works in the field of business literature. Since then, getAbstract has presented the accolade to such esteemed authors as George A. Akerlof, Robert J. Shiller, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Ian Morris, Benoît Mandelbrot, Malcolm Gladwell, Niall Ferguson, Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas Sowell, Chris Anderson, Peter Sloterdijk, Gunter Dueck, Uwe Jean Heuser, Wolfgang Münchau and Hans-Werner Sinn.

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