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The Shortlist Is Here!

getAbstract announces the finalists of the 2021 getAbstract International Book Award

In 2021, the getAbstract International Book Award will be presented to one English-language title and one German-language title. It will be accompanied online by a series of interviews and the winners will be revealed on November 18. For the first time, the prize is endowed with a total of 20,000 euros.

The five finalists in the English-language category are:

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The Burnout Fix

Learn practices that foster resilience and prevent work burnout altogether.

Jacinta M. Jiménez McGraw-Hill Education
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Jury Comment: “A most important topic of our time, this book provides an in-depth analysis and guide to avoiding burnout and succeeding on individual and organizational levels.”

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Corporate Crime and Punishment

Prosecuting white-collar criminals is difficult, but the law can punish and deter corporate misconduct.

John C. Coffee, Jr. Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Jury Comment: “A business book that reads more like a thriller, John C. Coffee, Jr. provides fascinating insights into the US legislative process that allows corruption and mismanagement among business leaders to go unpunished while corporations and employees are held accountable.”

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Lead. Care. Win.

Inspire people to follow your lead by embracing a relatable, humble and empathetic leadership style.

Dan Pontefract Figure 1 Publishing
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Jury Comment: “Applicable advice on how to lead that people want to follow. A well-structured guide on core leadership principles with concrete examples on how to act with clarity and decisiveness in times of constant change. A 360-degree leadership bible.”

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Wherever judgment exists, you will also find noise – and more of it than you think.

Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony and Cass R. Sunstein William Collins
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Jury Comment: “An innovative approach to human judgment, recognizing and differentiating between noise and bias, and incorporating AI into predictive judgment.”

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Return on Ambition

A successful career can, and should, go hand in hand with personal growth and fulfillment.

Nicolai Tillisch and Nicolai Chen Nielsen Fast Company Press
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Jury Comment: “A universally applicable, engaging analysis of different aspects of ambition, and a guide to harnessing their potential for positive returns on personal and professional goals.”


  • The shortlist is the result of a cooperation between getAbstract and brand eins.
  • From the shortlist, the jury will select the winning titles.
  • The winners will be announced here on November 18, 2021. For the first time in the history of the award, prize money totaling 20,000 euros will be awarded.
  • Learn more about the selection process, criteria and jury here.
  • From October 15, 2021, readers can participate in the Readers’ Choice Award and select their favorite title from among this year’s nominees.
  • Further information on the getAbstract International Book Award Readers’ Choice Award will follow shortly. 
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