Lloyd Blankfein Gets Out of Judging Book Contest on a Technicality

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The Goldman Sachs CEO has recused himself from the judging of the "Business Book of the Year" contest, an annual event the company co-sponsors with the Financial Times, presumably because he and his firm figure so prominently in the mostly crisis-based titles on the long list, which include Too Big to Fail, Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean's upcoming All the Devils Are Here, and our own Tickle the CEO, an interactive board book in the vein of Pat the Bunny that allows both children and adults to tickle, poke, punch, and pull the hair (where applicable) of the Wall Street titans whose negligence helped facilitate the Worst Recession Since the Greatest Depression.

Just kidding about that last one. Here's the full list:

The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?
Ian Bremmer (Portfolio/Penguin)

How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities
John Cassidy (Allen Lane/Penguin Press UK, Farrar, Straus and Giroux US)

Circle of Greed: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Lawyer Who Brought Corporate America to Its Knees
Patrick Dillon and Carl M. Cannon (Random House/Crown Publishing Group, Broadway Books)

Fortune's Fool: Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner Music, and an Industry in Crisis
Fred Goodman (Simon & Schuster)

Union Atlantic: A Novel
Adam Haslett (Tuskar Rock/Atlantic Books, Doubleday/Nan A Talese)

The Art of Choosing
Sheena Iyengar (Little, Brown, Twelve/Hachette Group)

The Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World
Walter Kiechel (Harvard Business Review Press)

The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World
David Kirkpatrick (Simon & Schuster)

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
Michael Lewis (Allen Lane/Penguin Press UK, WW Norton & Co US)

More Money than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite
Sebastian Mallaby (Bloomsbury, Penguin Press)

All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis
Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera (Portfolio/Penguin)

What Works: Success in Stressful Times
Hamish McRae (Harper Press/HarperCollins)

Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy
Raghuram Rajan (Princeton University Press)

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
Matt Ridley (Harper/Fourth Estate, HarperCollins Publishers)

Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System - and Themselves

Andrew Ross Sorkin (Allen Lane/Penguin Press UK, Viking/Penguin US)

MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World
Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams (Atlantic Books, Portfolio/Penguin)


Blankfein Recuses Himself as Judge of Biz Book of the Year [Publishers Weeky]