6 best business books of the year examine Silicon Valley, Chinese tech giants and even murder

Supply chain issues that contributed to the ongoing global semiconductor chip shortage have made it painfully clear how ubiquitous and important those tiny electrical circuits are in our modern world. 

In "Dead in the Water," Bloomberg reporters Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel explore the scandalous saga surrounding the faked 2011 hijacking of the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso and the subsequent murder of a British maritime surveyor who had been tasked with investigating the incident.

Disorder" examines the current geopolitical and economic landscape through the lens of changing energy consumption and the global shift toward green technology.

Since launching in 1998, Tencent has become one of the largest companies in China — and the world — thanks to a suite of valuable tech and entertainment holdings that started with instant messaging software and now also includes one of the world's largest video game publishing companies, Tencent Games. 

Sebastian Mallaby, a columnist for The Washington Post, previously won the Financial Times' Business Book of the Year Award in 2016 for his biography of economist Alan Greenspan.

University of Cambridge historian Gary Gerstle puts neoliberalism under the microscope in his new book.