The world has changed in ways we couldn’t imagine. And more than halfway into 2021, societies, leaders, and organizations are still grappling with all that’s happened—and the uncertainties of what’s to come. This year, either we’re trying to come to grips with our new realities, or we’re seeking respite from them. It’s perhaps unsurprising, then, that—among the 100-plus books shared by more than 40 leaders and personalities with McKinsey Global Publishing’s Raju Narisetti—the most robust categories are fiction, history, and politics.
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The Financial Times unveiled the 2021 long list of the annual FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award on August 16 and the shortlist on September 23.
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