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CHOICE — Outstanding Academic Titles


 CHOICE - Outstanding  




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Tragedy and International Relations by Toni Erskine and Richard Ned Lebow

Nigeria Since Independence: Forever Fragile? by Jonathan Hill

Political Parties in Multi-Level Polities: The Nordic Countries Compared by Nicholas Aylott, Magnus Blomgren and Torbjorn Bergman

Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation by Eric Deggans

Fukushima: Impacts and Implications by David Elliott

Political Economy of European Welfare Capitalism by Colin Hay and Daniel Wincott


Renegotiating the Body: Feminist Art in 1970s London by Kathy Battista


Islamophobia in America: The Anatomy of Intolerance by Carl W. Ernst

What If I Had Been the Hero?: Investigating Women's Cinema by Sue Thornham

International Migration and Social Theory by Karen O'Reilly


Nature Engaged: Science in Practice from the Renaissance to the Present by Mario Biagioli and Jessica Riskin

The French Enlightenment and Its Others: The Mandarin, the Savage, and the Invention of the Human Sciences by David Allen Harvey

Napoleon and the Revolution by David P. Jordan

Geography and the Classical World: Unearthing Historical Geography's Forgotten Past by William A. Koelsch

A Short History of the Weimar Republic  by Colin Storer

The German Democratic Republic by Peter Grieder

Europe's Long Twelfth Century: Order, Anxiety and Adaptation, 1095-1229 by John D. Cotts


Happiness and Poverty in Developing Countries: A Global Perspective by John Malcolm Dowling and Chin Fang Yap


Betrayed by Nature: The War on Cancer by Robin Hesketh

Philosophy of Stem Cell Biology: Knowledge in Flesh and Blood by Melinda Fagan

Professional and Business Management:

Scaling Your Social Venture: Becoming an Impact Entrepreneur by Paul N. Bloom

Middle Eastern Studies:

Civil Society and Women Activists in the Middle East: Islamic and Secular Organizations in Egypt by Wanda Krause

Film and Television

Hollywood in the New Millennium by Tino Balio


iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us by Larry D. Rosen


Past winners . . .  

2012 Winners 


Syria and the USA: Washington's Relations with Damascus from Wilson to Eisenhower  by Sami Moubayed  

Terrorism: A Critical Introduction by Richard Jackson, Marie Breen Smyth, Jeroen Gunning and Lee Jarvis  

Kurds and the State in Iran: The Making of Kurdish Identity by Abbas Vali   

Britain and Africa Under Blair: In Pursuit of the Good State by Julia Gallagher   

From Crisis to Coalition: The Conservative Party, 1997-2010 by Peter Dorey, Andrew Denham and Mark Garnett     

Black Social Movements in Latin America: From Monocultural Mestizaje to Multiculturalism edited by Jean Muteba Rahier   

The Dutch Atlantic by Kwame Nimako and Glenn Willemsen (Pluto Press)   



Kenya: A History Since Independence by Charles Hornsby   

A Short History of Scientific Thought by John Henry  

The Trial of the Haymarket Anarchists: Terrorism and Justice in the Gilded Age by Timothy Messer-Kruse   

The Armenian Genocide: A Complete History by Raymond Kévorkian  

The Dutch Atlantic: Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation by Kwame Nimako and Glenn Willemsen 

Culture and Media Studies:  

Contemporary Hollywood Masculinities: Gender, Genre, and Politics by Susanne Kord and Elisabeth Krimmer   

Masculinity and Film Performance: Male Angst in Contemporary American Cinema by Donna Peberdy   

Media Convergence: Networked Digital Media in Everyday Life by Graham Meikle and Sherman Young   


Feminism: Transmissions and Retransmissions by Marta Lamas; translated by John Pluecker; Introduction by Jean Franco    

Modern Poetry and Ethnography: Yeats, Frost, Warren, Heaney, and the Poet as Anthropologist by Sean Heuston   


Sport, Spectacle, and NASCAR Nation: Consumption and the Cultural Politics of Neoliberalism by Joshua I. Newman and Michael D. Giardina   

Professional and Business Management: 

Motoring the Future: VW and Toyota Vying for Pole Position by Engelbert Wimmer  


Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins by Ian Tattersall    


Hazardous Wastes, Industrial Disasters, and Environmental Health Risks: Local and Global Environmental Struggles by Francis O. Adeola  


Economic Forecasting and Policy by Nicolas Carnot, Vincent Koen and Bruno Tissot  

Performing Arts:  

Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition by Andrew Davis  


2011 WINNERS: 

African Studies 

Gender and Decolonization in the Congo by Karen Bouwer 


Not Just China: the Rise of Recalls in the Age of Global Business by Harri Bapuji 

Cultural Studies 

The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art by Ann Millet-Gallant 

Society Dancing: Fashionable Bodies in England, 1870-1920 by Theresa Jill Buckland 


Economics as Applied to Ethics: Value Judgements in Welfare Economics by Wilfred Beckerman 

Fashion & Textiles 

Dressing for Heaven: Religious Clothing in Italy, 1215-1545 by Cordelia Warr 

Film Studies 

100 Animated Feature Films by Andrew Osmond 


The Tide of Democracy: Shipyard Workers and Social Relations in Britian, 1870-1950 by Alastair J. Reid 

Ottomania: The Romantics and the Myth of the Islamic Orient by Rodderic Cavalerio 

China: A Modern History by Michael Dillon 

A New History of Southeast Asia by M.C. Ricklefs, Bruce Lockhart, Albert Lau, Portia Reyes and Maitrii Aung-Thwin 

Latin American Studies 

Cities and Citizenship at the U.S.-Mexico Border: the Paso del Norte Metropolitian Region by Kathleen Staudt, César M. Fuentes, and Julia E. Monárrez Fragoso 


French Origin of English Tragedy by Richard Hillman 

Holocaust as Fiction; Bernhard Schlink's "Nazi" Novels and their Films by William Collins Donahue 

Next Word, Better Word: the Craft of Writing Poetry by Stephen Dobyns 

Women, Beauty, and Power in Early Modern England: A Feminist Literary History by Edith Snook 

Ovidian Myth and Sexual Defiance in Early Modern English Literature by Sarah Carter 

Middle Eastern Studies  

The Shah by Abbas Milani 

Turkey Since 1989: Angry Nation by Kerem Öktem 

Political Studies 

Arab Voices: What they are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters by James Zogby 

Parties, Gender Quotas and Candadite Selection in France by Rainbow Murray 

Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics by Rudra Sil and Peter Joachim Katzenstein 


The Making of a Transnational Capitalist Class: Corporate Power in the Twenty-first Century by William K. Carroll 

Disporas: Concepts, Intersections, Identities by Kim Knott and Sean McLoughlin  

Feminism is Queer: the Intimate Connection between Queer and Feminist Theory by Mimi Marinucci 

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2010 WINNERS: 

Literary & Cultural Studies  

Other Russias by Brian James Baer  


Speaking History by Sue Armitage and Laurie Mercier  

A Political History of the USA by Bruce Kuklick  

The Age of Revolutions in Global Context edited by David Armitage and Sanjay Subrahmanyam  

The Great Interwar Crisis and the Collapse of Globalization by Robert Boyce  

 Mountbatten by Adrian Smith (I. B. Tauris)  

The Politics of Alcohol by James Nicholls (Manchester University Press)  


Military Economics by Ron Smith  


Curriculum, Community, and Urban School Reform by Barry M. Franklin  

Film and Media Studies 

Rethinking the Femme Fatale in Film Noir by Julie Grossman  

Politics & International Relations 

The Politics of Belgium by Kris Deschouwer  

Small States and EU Governance by Simone Bunse  

Human Rights in Arab Thought by Salma K. Jayyusi (I. B. Tauris)  

Iran in the 20th Century by Touraj Atabaki (I. B. Tauris)   

 China from the Inside Out by Ronald C. Keith (Pluto Press)  


Lorca, Buñuel, Dali by Gwynne Edwards (I. B. Tauris)    


Fighting Like the Devil for the Sake of God by Mark Doyle (Manchester University Press)  


Cultures of Violence by Ivan Evans (Manchester University Press)  

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2009 WINNERS: 


The Politics of Immigration In France, Britain, and The United States: A Comparative Study by Martin A. Schain

Exile to Siberia, 1590-1822 by Andrew A. Gentes

US Foreign Policy Towards Apartheid South Africa, 1948-1994: Conflict of Interests by Alex Thomson

Trials of Europeanization: Turkish Political Culture and the European Union by Ioannis N. Grigoriadis

Literary & Cultural Studies 

Feminist Engagements: Forays into American Literature and Culture by Shelley Fisher Fishkin 

Being Kipling by William B. Dillingham

Freud's Drive: Psychoanalysis, Literature and Film by Teresa De Lauretis

Science & Psychology

The Edge of Medicine: The Technology that Will Change Our Lives by William Hanson

Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence by Gary Lynch and Richard Granger
Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters by Peter Langman

Emotion Science: Cognitive and Neuroscientific Approaches to Understanding Human Emotions by Elaine Fox


Sociology The Palgrave Handbook of Childhood Studies, ed. By Jens Qvortrup, William A. Corsaro, and Michael-Sebastian Honig 


Other Worlds: New Argentine Film by Aguilar, Gonzalo 

 The Realities of Witchcraft and Popular Magic in Early Modern Europe: Culture, Cognition and Everyday Life by Edward Bever

Scarred Landscapes: War and Nature in Vichy France by Chris Pearson
Migration in Irish History, 1607-2007 by Patrick Fitzgerald and Brian Lambkin

Eleventh-Century Germany: the Swabian Chronicales, selected, tr annot. and intro. By I.S. Robinson (Manchester University Press)

Folly and Fortune in Early British History: From Caesar to the Normans by Kenneth Henshall
The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire by William S. Maltby

Business & Management
Business Management and Environmental Stewardship: Environmental Thinking as a Prelude to Management Action edited by Robert Staib

Art & Architecture

The Monuments of Afghanistan: History, Archaeology and Architecture by Warwik Ball (I.B.Tauris)


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2008 WINNERS: 

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics edited by Steven N. Durlauf & Lawrence E. Blume 

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Central Asia by Rafis Abazov

Americans and the Wars of the Twentieth Century by Jenel Virden 

The Historiography of Genocide edited by Dan Stone  

Science & Technology 

Sustainable Energy edited by David Elliott  

Exodus to the Virtual World by Edward Castronova  


The Satisfied Customer by Claes Fornell 


From Impressionism to Anime by Susan J. Napier  


Why Shakespeare? by Catherine Belsey  

Phantoms of War in Contemporary German Literature, Films and Discourse by Anne Fuchs  

Darwin and Faulkner's Novels by Michael Wainwright  

Sociology / Gender Studies 

Ambiguity and Sexuality by William S. Wilkerson  

Theatre / Performing Arts

Plays in American Periodicals, 1890-1918 by Susan Harris Smith 


Infinite Island edited by Tumelo Mosaka, Annie Paul, & Nicolette Ramirez (Philip Wilson Publishers) 


Traditional Buildings by Allen G. Noble (I. B. Tauris) 

Social Work

The Emotionally Intelligent Social Worker by David Howe