Posted by: bluesyemre | December 11, 2012

Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles, 2012: Top 25 Books

  1. Are Muslims Distinctive?: A Look at the Evidence, by M. Steven Fish.  Oxford, 2011.  385p  ISBN9780199769209, $99.00; ISBN 9780199769216 pbk, $27.95. Reviewed in January 2012 CHOICE.
  2. The Brain: Big Bangs, Behaviors, and Beliefs, by Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall.  Yale, 2012.  354p  ISBN9780300175226, $29.95. Reviewed in November 2012 CHOICE.
  3. The Controversy of Renaissance Art, by Alexander Nagel.  Chicago, 2011.  358p  ISBN 9780226567723, $60.00. Reviewed in February 2012 CHOICE.
  4. A Cultural History of Physics, by Simonyi, Károly, tr. by David Kramer.  CRC Press, 2012.  622p  ISBN 1-56881-329-5, $59.00; ISBN 9781568813295, $59.00. Reviewed in July 2012 CHOICE.
  5. Engineering the Financial Crisis: Systemic Risk and the Failure of Regulation, by Jeffrey Friedman and Wladimir Kraus.  Pennsylvania, 2011.  210p  ISBN 0-8122-4357-9, $45.00; ISBN 9780812243574, $45.00. Reviewed in August 2012 CHOICE.
  6. The Evolved Apprentice: How Evolution Made Humans Unique, by Kim Sterelny.  MIT, 2012.  242p  ISBN 9780262016797, $35.00. Reviewed in September 2012 CHOICE.
  7. Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza: Engaging the Islamist Social Sector, by Sara Roy.  Princeton, 2011.  319p  ISBN 9780691124483, $35.00. Reviewed in March 2012 CHOICE.
  8. In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World, by Ian Stewart.  Basic Books, 2012.  342p  ISBN 9780465029730, $26.99. Reviewed in September 2012 CHOICE.
  9. An Infinity of Nations: How the Native New World Shaped Early North America, by Michael Witgen.  Pennsylvania, 2012.  450p  ISBN 0-8122-4365-X , $45.00; ISBN 9780812243659, $45.00. Reviewed in September 2012 CHOICE.
  10. Life upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Knopf, 2011.  487p  ISBN 0-307-59342-8, $50.00; ISBN 9780307593429, $50.00. Reviewed in May 2012CHOICE.
  11. Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins, by Ian Tattersall. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.  266p  ISBN 9780230108752, $26.00. Reviewed in December 2012 CHOICE.
  12. Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame, by Christopher Boehm.  Basic Books, 2012.  418p  ISBN 9780465020485, $28.99; ISBN 9780465029198 e-book, contact publisher for price. Reviewed in October 2012 CHOICE.
  13. The Music between Us: Is Music a Universal Language?, by Kathleen Marie Higgins.  Chicago, 2012.  277p  ISBN 9780226333281, $40.00. Reviewed in November 2012 CHOICE.
  14. Nuclear Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Charles D. Ferguson.  Oxford, 2011.  222p  ISBN9780199759453, $74.00; ISBN 9780199759460 pbk, $16.95. Reviewed in March 2012 CHOICE.
  15. The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History, ed. by Touraj Daryaee.  Oxford, 2012.  414p  ISBN9780199732159, $150.00. Reviewed in September 2012 CHOICE.
  16. The Oxford Handbook of the American Congress, ed. by Eric Schickler and Frances E. Lee.  Oxford, 2011.  929p  ISBN 0-19-955994-5, $175.00; ISBN 9780199559947, $175.00. Reviewed in January 2012CHOICE.
  17. A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America, by Ernest Drucker.  New Press, 2011.  226p  ISBN 9781595584977, $26.95. Reviewed in March 2012 CHOICE.
  18. Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry between Big Business and Government—and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead, by David Rothkopf.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.  436p  ISBN 9780374151287, $30.00. Reviewed in July 2012 CHOICE.
  19. The Predictable Surprise: The Unraveling of the U.S. Retirement System, by Sylvester J Schieber.  Oxford, 2012.  452p  ISBN 0-19-989095-1, $34.95; ISBN 9780199890958, $34.95. Reviewed in October 2012CHOICE.
  20. Puritan Islam: The Geoexpansion of the Muslim World, by Barry A Vann.  Prometheus Books, 2011.  228p  ISBN 9781616145170, $26.00. Reviewed in April 2012 CHOICE.
  21. So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America, by Peter Edelman. New Press, 2012.  184p  ISBN 9781595587855, $24.95.  Reviewed in December 2012 CHOICE.
  22. Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.  499p  ISBN9780374275631, $30.00. Reviewed in June 2012 CHOICE.
  23. U.S. Health Policy and Politics: A Documentary History, by Kevin Hillstrom.  CQ Press, 2012.  717p ISBN 1-60871-026-2, $185.00; ISBN 9781608710263, $185.00. Reviewed in March 2012 CHOICE.
  24. Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation, by Eva Illouz.  Polity, 2012.  293p  ISBN 9780745661520, $25.00. Reviewed in November 2012 CHOICE.
  25. The World History of Animation, by Stephen Cavalier.  California, 2011.  416p  ISBN 0-520-26112-7, $39.95; ISBN 9780520261129, $39.95. Reviewed in June 2012 CHOICE.


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