2016 was the year of surprises, as a wave of populism led to Britain backing Brexit and Americans electing Donald Trump.
Perhaps seeking to better understand the world they find themselves in, many leaders from the worlds of academia, finance, industry, politics and technology turned to the pages of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J. D. Vance.
It was the most-cited book in Bloomberg News’ annual survey of candidates for the best read of the year. Among those who nominated Hillbilly Elegy: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari, Harvard University Professor Greg Mankiw, BlackRock Vice ChairmanPhilipp Hildebrand, and Kase Capital Management Founder Whitney Tilson.
Other titles receiving repeated mentions were The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan, by Sebastian Mallaby, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, by Peter Frankopan, and The Euro and the Battle of Ideas, by Markus K. Brunnermeier, Harold James and Jean-Pierre Landau.
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