Financial Times: Best Books of 2014

The Financial Times published their list of the best books in 2014. It is a good idea to research what was read during last year in FT.

  • Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit, by Charles Calomiris and Stephen Haber.
  • Microeconomics: A Very Short Introduction, by Avinash Dixit
  • Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalisation of Democracy, by Francis Fukuyama
  • Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises, by Timothy Geithner, Random House Business
  • How to Speak Money, by John Lanchester
  • Thrive: The Power of Evidence-based Psychological Therapies
  • European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess and How to Put Them Right
  • House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession, and How We Can Prevent it from Happening Again, by Atif Mian and Amir Sufi
  • War: What is it Good for? The Role of Conflict in Civilisation, from Primates to Robots, by Ian Morris
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
  • The Dollar Trap: How the US Dollar Tightened its Grip on Global Finance
  • The Euro Trap: On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets and Beliefs


  • Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance
  • The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
  • Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch
  • Shredded: Inside RBS, the Bank that Broke Britain
  • The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World
  • A Bigger Prize: Why Competition Isn’t Everything and How We Do Better
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • Flash Boys: Cracking the Money Code, by Michael Lewis
  • The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned – and Have Still to Learn – from the Financial Crisis, by Martin Wolf


  • Roy Jenkins: A Well-Rounded Life, by John Campbell
  • Contest of the Century: The New Era of Competition with China
  • Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain, by Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin
  • No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State, by Glenn Greenwald
  • Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and The End of a Stable Pacific, by Robert Kaplan
  • World Order by Henry Kissinger
  • Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival
  • Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts
  • Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China, by Evan Osnos


  • Nixon, Kissinger and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War, by Roham Alvandi
  • Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648, by Mark Greengrass
    Stalin, Volume 1: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, by Stephen Kotkin
  • Let God Arise: The War and Rebellion of the Camisards
  • The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall, by Mary Elise Sarotte
  • The Deluge: The Great War and the Remaking of Global Order, 1916-1931, by Adam Tooze
  • National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945-1963, by Richard Vinen
    The Tupac Amaru Rebellion, by Charles F Walker
  • A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire


  • Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology, by Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden
  • Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen, by Philip Ball
  • Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions, by Gerd Gigerenzer
  • The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science, by Armand Marie Leroi
  • A Rough Ride to the Future, by James Lovelock


  • Masterpieces in Detail: Early Netherlandish Art from Van Eyck to Bosch
  • Vincent Van Gogh: Ever Yours – The Essential Letters, edited by Leo Jansen
  • Edgar Degas: Drawings and Pastels, by Christopher Lloyd
  • Germany: Memories of a Nation, by Neil MacGregor

Architecture & Design

  • Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth
  • Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture, by Justin McGuirk
  • Sottsass, by Philippe Thome

Literary Non-Fiction

  • The Iceberg: A Memoir, by Marion Coutts
  • Common People: The History of an English Family
  • H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald
  • Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery, by Henry Marsh


  • The Zone of Interest, by Martin Amis
  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, by Joshua Ferris
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan
  • Let Me Be Frank with You, by Richard Ford
  • We are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Funny Girl, by Nick Hornby
  • J, by Howard Jacobson, Jonathan Cape
  • Redeployment, by Phil Klay
  • The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
  • Lila, by Marilynne Robinson
  • Family Life, by Akhil Sharma
  • Some Luck, by Jane Smiley
  • How to be Both
  • Nora Webster, by Colm Toíbín,
  • We Live in Water, by Jess Walter
  • The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters
  • The Sermon on the Fall of Rome, by Jérôme Ferrari
  • In the Beginning Was the Sea, by Tomás González
  • Boyhood Island, by Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • By Night the Mountain Burns, by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami
  • Iza’s Ballad, by Magda Szabó,
  • Frog, by Mo Yan


  • Poetry Notebook: 2006-2014, by Clive James
  • The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, by Kei Miller
  • Hold Your Own, by Kate Tempest


  • The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World
  • Down to the Sea in Ships, by Horatio Clare
  • The Emperor Far Away: Travels at the Edge of China, by David Eimer


  • O, Louis: In search of Louis van Gaal, by Hugo Borst
  • Played in London, by Simon Inglis
  • The Second Half, by Roy Keane with Roddy Doyle
  • Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan, by Peter Oborne
  • The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream, by Dan Washburn


  • The Virtues of the Table: How to Eat and Think, by Julian Baggini
  • A Year at Otter Farm, by Mark Diacono
  • Make Mine a Martini: 130 Cocktails & Canapés for Fabulous Parties
  • Made in India: Cooked in Britain: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen, by Meera Sodha


  • The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
    Malice, by Keigo Higahino
  • The Inspector Maigret Omnibus 1, by Georges Simenon
  • The Bone Seeker, by MJ McGrath
  • Falling Freely, As If in a Dream, by Leif Persson

Science Fiction

  • Sand, by Hugh Howey
  • Bête, by Adam Roberts
  • Annihilation/Authority/Acceptance, by Jeff VanderMeer
  • The Martian, by Andy Weir

Children’s Fiction

  • El Deafo, by Cece Bell, Amulet Books
  • Jane, the Fox and Me, by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
  • The Imaginary, by AF Harrold
  • Valentine Joe, by Rebecca Stevens

Young Adult Fiction

  • A Song for Ella Grey, by David Almond
  • Fifteen Bones, by RJ Morgan
  • As Red as Blood, by Salla Simukka
  • Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull, by Jonathan Stroud

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