Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed is 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.
A Harvard graduate who was born in Kenya, Ahamed dreamed of being a writer while he worked as an investment manager. This is his first mass market book. It was also nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize, Britain's leading nonfiction book award. Now, Ahamed is working on another book about economic history.
Finalists in this category were Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin and Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 by Gordon S. Wood.