The 2021 Non-Obvious Book Award Winners

The Shortlist & Winners

Every year we select the very best books of the year to be included in our Non-Obvious Book Awards Longlist or Shortlist. 2021 was our most competitive year yet with nearly 500 titles submitted and considered for the awards program. Learn more about our judging criteria here >>

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2021 Most Shareable Book of the Year:

Move

by Parag Khanna

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2021 Most Important Book of the Year:

The Lonely Century

by Noreena Hertz

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2021 Most Entertaining Book of the Year:

Four Lost Cities

by Annalee Newitz

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2021 Most Original Book of the Year:

When We Cease To Understand

by Benjamin Labatut

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2021 Most Useful Book of the Year:

Think Again

by Adam Grant

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2021 Shortlist Selection:

Backable

by Suneel Gupta with Carlye Adler

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2021 Shortlist Selection:

Dirty Work

by Eyal Press

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2021 Shortlist Selection:

Futureproof

by Keven Roose

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2021 Shortlist Selection:

Nine Nasty Words

by John McWhorter

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2021 Shortlist Selection:

Spite

by Simon McCarthy-Jones

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2021 Shortlist Selection:

Subtract

by Leidy Klotz

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2021 Shortlist Selection:

The 1619 Project

by Nicole Hannah-Jones

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2021 Shortlist Selection:

The World In A Selfie

by Marco D'Eramo

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2021 Shortlist Selection:

Under A White Sky

by Elizabeth Kolbert

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2021 Shortlist Selection:

Useful Delusions

by Shankar Vedantam & Bill Mesler

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*Note - All reviews above will be written by Non-Obvious Company founder Rohit Bhargava.

See the 2021 Longlist Selections ...

2021 was our most competitive year yet - and we considered more hundreds of titles to narrow down our Longlist and Shortlist. The titles selected for this list were the very best non-fiction titles published all year.

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Here are our finalist selections for the 2021 Non-Obvious Book Awards Longlist: (listed alphabetically by book title):

About the Non-Obvious Book Awards

These awards are organized and judged by the team at the Non-Obvious Company. Our mission is to help leaders, organizations and curious minds learn the habits that allow them to see what others miss and face the unknown. We do this through our published books, popular keynotes, custom workshops, and annual book awards program.

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