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Book Prize GetAbstract and choose the books of the year

For the 20th time getAbstract is presenting the getAbstract International Book Award, and for the second time is a media partnerimago images / Panthermedia

Actually, GetAbstract not only wanted to celebrate the award winners at this year’s GetAbstract International Book Awards, but also to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the award. Due to the corona, the anniversary party in the reading tent of the Frankfurt Book Fair had to be canceled. The winners were nevertheless celebrated digitally for their works.

German-speaking category

The winning books in German include “How we are saving our economy” by Ifo boss Clemens Fuest and “Fair feeding” by Veronika Hucke. “If you are looking for an analysis that describes the shock, the consequences and the possible end of the crisis from the ground up and in an understandable way, you have come to the right place with Clemens Fuest“, the jury praised the book by the Ifo boss. A few hours after the announcement, Fuest tweeted: “I’m very happy about the award”.

Veronika Hucke, who was inspired for her book by her own experiences in management positions, won twice. In addition to being recognized by the jury, it also received the Reader’s Choice Award. “Leading fairly” provides nothing less than the necessary tools for future-oriented companies – eloquent, knowledgeable and inspiring ”, the jury explains its choice.

In addition to Hucke, and Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran also won over readers with their book “Subtle Acts of Exclusion”. They are therefore also among the winners of the “Reader’s Choice Awards”.

English speaking category

In the international category, Nobel Prize winners for Economics, Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, overtook the competition with their book “Good Economics for Hard Times”. The jury was impressed by their discussion of key economic terms combined with the central socio-political problems of humanity. “The Nobel Prize winners unmask false statements, myths and popular-ideological misjudgments on each of the main topics in order to counteract with surprising empirical data,” it says. “The fact that the book also offers exciting and well-founded solutions and is not only understandable for specialists in the field makes it one of the best books of the year.”

Another prize winner is Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Professor at Harvard Business School and specialist in “Advanced Leadership”. The motto of her book “Think Outside the Building”: Whoever wants to lead progressively must be an entrepreneur and do-gooder. “The hopeful book by Kanter is a passionate and inspiring call to consider more voices, to approach problems from different perspectives and to dare to think big,” the jury explains their decision.

Every year, the getAbstract International Book Award honors two German and two English-language books that have made a special contribution to current economic topics in the past year. The selection process is multi-stage. In a first step, the five-person jury will select ten finalists from over 10,000 new publications from 2019 and 2020. All candidates were selected for content, style and diversity. In order to compare the different topics of the books as fairly as possible, different criteria were also defined.


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