Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Business History Books Win Pulitzer Prizes

The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for History has been awarded to Liaquat Ahamed for Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World (The Penguin Press)--in the words of the Committee, "a compelling account of how four powerful bankers played crucial roles in triggering the Great Depression and ultimately transforming the United States into the world’s financial leader."  The Prize in Biography or Autobiography was awarded to T. J. Stiles for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009) for  "a penetrating portrait of a complex, self-made titan who revolutionized transportation, amassed vast wealth and shaped the economic world in ways still felt today." Lords of Finance was also named a Business Book of the Year in 2009, while The First Tycoon won the 2009 National Book Award. The two books have been widely reviewed; see here for Ahamed and here for Stiles.