OAT Preview: The Top 25 Books

As a special preview to the full OAT list, Choice subject editors highlight some of the standout titles.

The Choice subject editors recognize the most significant titles reviewed during each calendar year by compiling the “Outstanding Academic Titles” (OAT) list, which is published every January. As a special preview to the full 2017 list, the Choice subject editors have selected from among the list their favorite titles. This post features the top twenty-five books from the 2017 OAT list.

Don’t miss the full “Outstanding Academic Titles: 2017” list, featuring 504 titles and appearing in the January 2018 issue and online at ChoiceReviews.org. More information about Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles can be found at www.ala.org/acrl/choice/outstanding.

The Atlas of ancient Rome: biography and portraits of the city: v.1: Text and images; v.2: Tables and indexes, ed. by Andrea Carandini with Paolo Carafa; tr. by Andrew Campbell Halavais. Princeton, 2017. bibl indexes ISBN 9780691163475, $199.50.

Baberowski, Jörg. Scorched earth: Stalin’s reign of terror, tr. by Steven Gilbert, Ivo Komljen, and Samantha Jeanne Taber. Yale, 2016. 500p index ISBN 9780300136982, $40.00; ISBN 9780300220575 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Bartlett, Robert C. Sophistry and political philosophy: Protagoras’ challenge to Socrates. Chicago, 2016. 248p bibl index ISBN 9780226394282, $40.00; ISBN 9780226394312 ebook, $40.00.

Beckett, Samuel. The letters of Samuel Beckett: v.4: 1966–1989, ed. by Martha Dow Fehsenfeld and Lois More Overbeck; associate editors George Craig and Dan Gunn. Cambridge, 2016. 838p bibl indexes ISBN 9780521867962, $49.99.

Brownlee, W. Elliot. Federal taxation in America: a history. 3rd ed. Cambridge, 2016. 332p bibl index ISBN 9781107099760, $99.99; ISBN 9781107492561 pbk, $29.99; ISBN 9781316760833 ebook, $24.00.

Cash, Kathleen. Sex, shame, and violence: a revolutionary practice of public storytelling in poor communities. Vanderbilt, 2016. 213p bibl index afp ISBN 9780826520500, $69.95; ISBN 9780826520517 pbk, $29.95; ISBN 9780826520524 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Critical issues in school-based mental health: evidence-based research, practice, and interventions, ed. by Melissa K. Holt and Amie E. Grills. Routledge, 2016. 210p bibl index afp ISBN 9781138025004, $160.00; ISBN 9781138025011 pbk, $49.95.

Eagles, Charles W. Civil rights, culture wars: the fight over a Mississippi textbook. North Carolina, 2017. 298p index ISBN 9781469631158, $34.95; ISBN 9781469631165 ebook, $33.99.

Hastorf, Christine Ann. The social archaeology of food: thinking about eating from prehistory to the present. Cambridge, 2016 (c2017). 400p bibl index ISBN 9781107153363, $99.99; ISBN 9781316710616 ebook, $80.00.

Hemmer, Nicole. Messengers of the Right: conservative media and the transformation of American politics. Pennsylvania, 2016. 320p index afp ISBN 9780812248395, $34.95; ISBN 9780812293074 ebook, $34.95.

Impacts of climate change on allergens and allergic diseases, ed. by Paul J. Beggs. Cambridge, 2016. 193p bibl index ISBN 9781107048935, $125.00; ISBN 9781316786420 ebook, $100.00.

Kane, Patricia E. Art and industry in early America: Rhode Island furniture, 1650–1830, by Patricia E. Kane with Dennis Carr et al. Yale University Art Gallery, 2016. (Dist. by Yale.) 494p bibl index ISBN 9780300217841, $85.00.

Klass, Brian. Despot’s accomplice: how the West is aiding and abetting the decline of democracy. Oxford, 2017 (c2016). 274p index ISBN 9780190668013, $27.95; ISBN 9780190694661 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Larson, Jennifer. Understanding Greek religion: a cognitive approach. Routledge, 2016. 410p bibl index afp ISBN 9780415688451, $140.00; ISBN 9780415688468 pbk, $44.95; ISBN 9781315647012 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Law, crime and deviance since 1700: micro-studies in the history of crime, ed. by Anne-Marie Kilday and David Nash. Bloomsbury Academic, 2016 (c2017). 324p bibl index ISBN 9781472585271, $114.00; ISBN 9781472585288 pbk, $29.95; ISBN 9781472585295 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Love, Erik Robert. Islamophobia and racism in America. New York University, 2017. 267p bibl index ISBN 9781479804924, contact publisher for price; ISBN 9781479838073 pbk, $28.00; ISBN 9781479803347 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Lynch, Jack. You could look it up: the reference shelf, from ancient Babylon to Wikipedia. Bloomsbury, 2016. 453p bibl index ISBN 9780802777522, $30.00; ISBN 9780802777942 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Newfield, Christopher. The great mistake: how we wrecked public universities and how we can fix them. Johns Hopkins, 2016. 430p index ISBN 9781421421629, $32.95; ISBN 9781421421636 ebook, $32.95.

Noboru, Hirota. A history of modern chemistry. Trans Pacific Press/Kyoto University Press, 2016. 788p bibl indexes afp ISBN 9781920901141, $100.00.

The Philosophy of cosmology, ed. by Khalil Chamcham et al. Cambridge, 2017. 514p bibl index ISBN 9781107145399, $69.99; ISBN 9781316996034 ebook, $56.00.

Rider, Toby C. Cold War games: propaganda, the Olympics, and U.S. foreign policy. Illinois, 2016. 242p bibl index afp ISBN 9780252040238, $95.00; ISBN 9780252081699 pbk, $24.95; ISBN 9780252098451 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Rosendorf, Theodore. The typographic desk reference. 2nd ed. Oak Knoll, 2016. 350p bibl index afp ISBN 9781584563129, $45.00; ISBN 9781584563112 pbk, $24.95.

Shary, Timothy. Fade to gray: aging in American cinema, by Timothy Shary and Nancy McVittie. Texas, 2016. 271p bibl index afp ISBN 9780292717794, $99.00; ISBN 9781477310632 pbk, $29.95; ISBN 9781477309728 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Wanger, Eugene G. Fighting the death penalty: a fifty-year journey of argument and persuasion. Michigan State, 2017. 228p ISBN 9781611862317, $39.95; ISBN 9781628952865 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Zierden, Martha A. Charleston: an archaeology of life in a coastal community, by Martha A. Zierden and Elizabeth J. Reitz. University Press of Florida, 2016. 350p bibl index afp ISBN 9780813062907, $34.00.