The runners up were:
- Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson’s account of the Apple founder’s life and career;
- Volcker, a portrait of Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, by William Silber.
- Why Nations Fail, James Robinson and Daron Acemoglu’s inquiry into the roots of economic power and prosperity;
- John Coates’ The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, about the biology of financial traders; and
- What Money Can’t Buy, Michael Sandel’s exploration of the moral limits of markets.