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Choice‘s “Outstanding Academic Titles”: Top Books and Websites for 2012. Choice, v.50, no. 05, January 2013.

Choice subject editors recognize the most significant titles reviewed during the calendar year by compiling the “Outstanding Academic Titles” list, which is published each January. As a special preview to this full list of outstanding scholarly titles, the Choice subject editors selected from among the 2012 list their favorite print and digital resources, which appear on the “Top 25 Books” and the “Top 10 Websites” lists below.

Don’t miss the full “Outstanding Academic Titles, 2012” list in the January 2013 issue, which features 644 exceptional titles. More information about Choice’s “Outstanding Academic Titles” can be found at http://www.ala.org/acrl/choice/outstanding.

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

Are Muslims Distinctive?: A Look at the Evidence, by M. Steven Fish. Oxford, 2011. 385p ISBN 9780199769209, $99.00; ISBN 9780199769216 pbk, $27.95. Reviewed in January 2012 CHOICE.

The Brain: Big Bangs, Behaviors, and Beliefs, by Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall. Yale, 2012. 354p ISBN 9780300175226 , $29.95. Reviewed in November 2012 CHOICE.

The Controversy of Renaissance Art, by Alexander Nagel. Chicago, 2011. 358p ISBN 9780226567723, $60.00. Reviewed in February 2012 CHOICE.

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.

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.

The Evolved Apprentice: How Evolution Made Humans Unique, by Kim Sterelny. MIT, 2012. 242p ISBN 9780262016797, $35.00. Reviewed in September 2012 CHOICE.

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.

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.

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.

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 2012 CHOICE.

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

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.

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.

Nuclear Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Charles D. Ferguson. Oxford, 2011. 222p ISBN 9780199759453, $74.00; ISBN 9780199759460 pbk, $16.95. Reviewed in March 2012 CHOICE.

The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History, ed. by Touraj Daryaee. Oxford, 2012. 414p ISBN 9780199732159, $150.00. Reviewed in September 2012 CHOICE.

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 2012 CHOICE.

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.

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.

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 2012 CHOICE.

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.

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

Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011. 499p ISBN 9780374275631, $30.00. Reviewed in June 2012 CHOICE.

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.

Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation, by Eva Illouz. Polity, 2012. 293p ISBN 9780745661520, $25.00. Reviewed in November 2012 CHOICE.

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.

Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles, 2012: Top 10 Websites

ARDA: Association of Religion Data Archives, from the Pennsylvania State University. Reviewed in January 2012 CHOICE. http://www.thearda.com/

Encyclopedia of Life. Reviewed in March 2012 CHOICE.
http://eol.org/

EVIA Digital Archive Project, from Indiana University and the University of Michigan. Reviewed in February 2012 CHOICE. https://media.eviada.org/eviadasb/home.html

ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. Reviewed in January 2012 CHOICE. http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/

National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS), from the University of Minnesota. Reviewed in August 2012 CHOICE. http://www.nhgis.org/

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13, from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Reviewed in October 2012 CHOICE. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Oxford African American Studies Center. Oxford. Academic subscriptions start at $550.00 for a single user, or $995.00 for unlimited access, based on FTE. Reviewed in June 2012 CHOICE. http://www.oxfordaasc.com/

Scientific American Archive. Nature Publishing Group. Academic pricing for each segment is $5,500.00; discounts available. Reviewed in May 2012 CHOICE.
http://www.nature.com/scientificamerican/archive/

Sibley Music Library: Musical Scores. Reviewed in January 2012 CHOICE.
https://urresearch.rochester.edu/viewInstitutionalCollection.action?collectionId=63

Unemployment and Recovery Project. Reviewed in August 2012 CHOICE.
http://www.urban.org/unemployment/index.cfm