Outstanding Academic Titles of 2016: 25 Favorites

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 2016 list, the Choice subject editors have selected from among the list their favorite titles, which are presented below.

Don’t miss the full “Outstanding Academic Titles: 2016” list, featuring 494 titles and appearing in the January 2017 issue and online at ChoiceReviews.org. More information about Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles can be found at www.ala.org/acrl/choice/outstanding.

Africa : an encyclopedia of culture and society, ed. by Toyin Falola and Daniel Jean-Jacques ABC-CLIO, 2016 3v bibl index afp, 9781598846652 $169.00, 9781598846669.

A History of American Civil War literature, ed. by Coleman Hutchison. Cambridge, 2015. 357p bibl index ISBN 9781107109728, $89.99; ISBN 9781316435250 ebook, $72.00.

Anderson, Devery S. Emmett Till: the murder that shocked the world and propelled the civil rights movement. University Press of Mississippi, 2015. 552p bibl index afp ISBN 9781496802842, $40.00.

Corry, Leo. A brief history of numbers. Oxford, 2015. 309p bibl indexes ISBN 9780198702597, $49.95; ISBN 9780191007064 ebook, contact publisher for price.

The Crisis of campus sexual violence: critical perspectives on prevention and response, ed. by Sara Carrigan Wooten and Roland W. Mitchell Routledge, 2016, 204p bibl index, 9781138849402 $155.00, 9781138849419 $47.95, 9781315725604.

Daniels, David. Daniels’ orchestral music 5th ed. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015 885p bibl afp, 9781442245372 $85.00.

Dubois, Laurent. The banjo: America’s African instrument. Belknap, Harvard, 2016. 364p index afp ISBN 9780674047846, $29.95.

Encyclopedia of mental health 2nd ed, ed. by Howard S. Friedman Elsevier/Academic Press, 2015 4v bibl index, 9780123970459 $1,475.00, 9780123977533 $1,475.00.

Frank, Robert H. Success and luck: good fortune and the myth of meritocracy. Princeton, 2016 187p index afp, 9780691167404 $26.95, 9781400880270.

Gendler, Robert. Breakthrough!: 100 astronomical images that changed our world view, by Robert Gendler and R. Jay GaBany. Springer, 2015. 171p bibl index afp ISBN 9783319209722, $34.99; ISBN 9783319209739 ebook, $19.99.

Haag, Pamela. The gunning of America: business and the making of American gun culture. Basic Books, 2016. 496p index ISBN 9780465048953, $29.99; ISBN 9780465098569 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Lopez, Lori Kido. Asian American media activism: fighting for cultural citizenship. New York University, 2016 246p bibl index, 9781479878192 $89.00, 9781479866830 $27.00, 9781479835942.

Lubin, David M. Grand illusions: American art and the First World War. Oxford, 2016. 366p index afp ISBN 9780190218614, $39.95; ISBN 9780190218638 ebook, contact publisher for price.

MacGregor, Neil. Germany: memories of a nation. Knopf/British Museum, 2015. 606p bibl index ISBN 9781101875667, $40.00.

Milo, Ron. Cell biology by the numbers, by Ron Milo and Rob Phillips; illustrated by Nigel Orme. Garland Science, 2015. 356p index ISBN 9780815345374 pbk, $49.95.

Montanari, Franco. The Brill dictionary of ancient Greek, ed. by Madeleine Goh and Chad Schroeder with Gregory Nagy and Leonard Muellner Brill, 2015 2v afp, 9789004298118 $450.00.

Paul, William E. Immunity. Johns Hopkins, 2015. 260p index afp ISBN 9781421418018, $29.95; ISBN 9781421418025 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Pieper, Lindsay Parks. Sex testing: gender policing in women’s sports. Illinois, 2016. 250p bibl index afp ISBN 9780252040221, $95.00; ISBN 9780252081682 , $22.95; ISBN 9780252098444 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Redman, Samuel J. Bone rooms: from scientific racism to human prehistory in museums. Harvard, 2016. 373p index afp ISBN 9780674660410, $29.95.

Russakoff, Dale. The prize : who’s in charge of America’s schools? Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015 246p index, 9780547840055 $27.00, 9780547840512 $27.00.

Satter, David. The less you know, the better you sleep: Russia’s road to terror and dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin. Yale, 2016 224p bibl index afp, 9780300211429 $30.00, 9780300221145.

Schildkraut, Jaclyn. Mass shootings: media, myths, and realities, by Jaclyn Schildkraut and H. Jaymi Elsass. Praeger, 2016. 239p bibl index afp ISBN 9781440836527, $48.00; ISBN 9781440836534 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Tallis, Raymond. The black mirror: looking at life through death. Yale, 2015. 344p afp ISBN 9780300217001, $30.00; ISBN 9780300219227 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Terrio, Susan J. Whose child am I?: unaccompanied, undocumented children in U. S. immigration custody. California, 2015. 261p bibl index afp ISBN 9780520281486, $65.00; ISBN 9780520281493 pbk, $29.95; ISBN 9780520961449 ebook, $29.95.

Whitmarsh, Tim. Battling the gods: atheism in the ancient world. Knopf, 2015. 290p index ISBN 9780307958327, $27.95; ISBN 9780307958334 ebook, contact publisher for price.