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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 each January. The Choice subject editors have selected from among the list their favorite print resources, which appear below on the "Top 25 Books" list.
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Encyclopedia of transportation: social science and policy , ed. by Mark Garrett.  SAGE Publications, 2014.  4v  bibl  index  afp  ISBN 9781452267791 cloth, $595.00.  Reviewed in CHOICE May 2015.
This four-volume set, edited by urban planner and attorney Mark Garrett (UCLA), explores the many facets of transportation and its policies.  The work identifies and tackles questions of historical, sociological, political, global, and economic significance while providing scholarly insight on how transportation systems affect our daily lives, and how they will shape our future.  The introduction includes a brief history of transportation policy and a discussion of current issues.  The "Reader's Guide" organizes entries into broad topics such as "Facilities and Infrastructure," "Energy, Environmental, and Health Impact," "Safety and Security," or "Technology, Design, and Engineering."  Other useful tools include a chronology and a resource guide to sources, along with a glossary, detailed index, and three appendixes with reports and statistics from the CIA, US Department of Transportation, and the US Department of Energy.  Written by a cohort of international scholars and experts, the approximately 675 articles are remarkably readable and include headings, cross-references, and further readings interspersed with black-and-white illustrations and images.  Examples of topics covered include airport planning, canals and locks, distracted driving, road ecology, sustainable transportation, and urban walkways.  Whether one works within transportation or public policy fields, or is merely interested in the various modes, issues, and challenges of modern-day transportation that affect everyone on a daily basis, this comprehensive reference work should satiate all needs.  Summing Up: HHH  Highly recommended.  All academic and general readers as well as technical-program students and professionals/practitioners.-S. Markgren, Purchase College, SUNY

Baptist, Edward E. The half has never been told: slavery and the making of American capitalism.  Basic Books, 2014.  498p index  afp  ISBN 9780465002962 cloth, $35.00;  ISBN 9780465044702 ebook, contact publisher for price.  Reviewed in CHOICE April 2015.

Beebe, Rose Marie. Juni ́pero Serra: California, Indians, and the transformation of a missionary , by Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz.  Oklahoma, 2015.  504p  bibl  index  afp  (Before gold: California under Spain and Mexico, 3)  ISBN 9780806148687 cloth, $39.95.  Reviewed in CHOICE September 2015.

Carnes, Mark C. Minds on fire: how role-immersion games transform college.  Harvard, 2015.  387p  index  afp  ISBN 9780674735354 cloth, $27.95.  Reviewed in CHOICE August 2015.

Critical terms for the study of gender , ed. by Catharine R. Stimpson and Gilbert Herdt.  Chicago, 2014.  557p  bibl  index  afp  ISBN 9780226774800 cloth, $97.50;  ISBN 9780226774817 pbk, $32.50.  Reviewed in CHOICE March 2015.

Dickson, David. Dublin: the making of a capital city.  Belknap, Harvard, 2014.  718p bibl  index  ISBN 9780674744448 cloth, $35.00.  Reviewed in CHOICE May 2015.

Eichenbaum, Rose. The director within: storytellers of stage and screen, photographs and text by Rose Eichenbaum; ed. by Aron Hirt-Manheimer.  Wesleyan, 2014.  283p  bibl  index  afp  ISBN 9780819572899 cloth, $30.00;  ISBN 9780819574947 ebook, $23.99.  Reviewed in CHOICE April 2015.

Encyclopedia of automotive engineering , ed. by David Crolla et al.  Wiley, 2015.  6v  bibl  afp  ISBN 9780470974025 cloth, $2,175.00.  Reviewed in CHOICE November 2015.

Gunning, Jeroen. Why occupy a square?: people, protests and movements in the Egyptian Revolution, by Jeroen Gunning and Ilan Zvi Baron.  Oxford, 2014.  430p  bibl  index  afp  ISBN 9780199394982 cloth, $30.00.  Reviewed in CHOICE June 2015.

Heaney, Michael T. Party in the street: the antiwar movement and the Democratic Party after 9/11, by Michael T. Heaney and Fabio Rojas.  Cambridge, 2015.  313p bibl  index  ISBN 9781107085404 cloth, $99.99;  ISBN 9781107448803 pbk, $29.95;  ISBN 9781316237106 ebook, $24.00.  Reviewed in CHOICE November 2015.

Hockx, Michel. Internet literature in China.  Columbia, 2015.  251p bibl  index  afp  ISBN 9780231160827 cloth, $40.00;  ISBN 9780231538534 ebook, $39.99.  Reviewed in CHOICE June 2015.

Klein, Naomi. This changes everything: capitalism vs. the climate.  Simon & Schuster, 2015.  566p  index  ISBN 9781451697384 cloth, $30.00.  Reviewed in CHOICE November 2015.

Lancy, David F. The anthropology of childhood: cherubs, chattel, changelings. 2nd ed.  Cambridge, 2015.  533p  bibl  indexes  ISBN 9781107420984 cloth, $99.00;  ISBN 9781107420984 pbk, $34.99;  ISBN 9781316121610 ebook, $36.00. Reviewed in CHOICE September 2015.

Lipking, Lawrence. What Galileo saw: imagining the scientific revolution.  Cornell, 2014.  314p  bibl  index  afp  ISBN 9780801452970 cloth, $35.00.  Reviewed in CHOICE March 2015.

The lively experiment: religious toleration in America from Roger Williams to the present , [ed] by Chris Beneke and Christopher S. Grenda.  Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.  342p index  afp  ISBN 9781442248724 cloth, $65.00;  ISBN 9781442248731 ebook, $64.99.  Reviewed in CHOICE August 2015.

Mann, Thomas. The Oxford guide to library research. 4th ed.  Oxford, 2015.  359p  index  afp  ISBN 9780199931064 pbk, $24.95.  Reviewed in CHOICE October 2015.

Marcus, Greil. The history of rock 'n' roll in ten songs.  Yale, 2014.  307p index  afp  ISBN 9780300187373 cloth, $28.00.  Reviewed in CHOICE May 2015.

Nelson, Eric. The royalist revolution: monarchy and the American founding.  Harvard, 2014.  390p  bibl  index  afp  ISBN 9780674735347 cloth, $29.95.  Reviewed in CHOICE June 2015.

O'Flaherty, Brendan. The economics of race in the United States.  Harvard, 2015.  478p  bibl  index  afp  ISBN 9780674368187 cloth, $49.95.  Reviewed in CHOICE November 2015.

Roberts, Neil. Freedom as marronage.  Chicago, 2015.  254p bibl  index  afp  ISBN 9780226127460 cloth, $87.00;  ISBN 9780226201047 pbk, $29.00;  ISBN 9780226201184 ebook, contact publisher for price.  Reviewed in CHOICE October 2015.

Shearer, David R. Stalin and the Lubianka: a documentary history of the political police and security organs in the Soviet Union, 1922-1953, by David R. Shearer and Vladimir Khaustov.  Yale, 2015.  368p index  afp  ISBN 9780300171891 cloth, $85.00.  Reviewed in CHOICE May 2015.

Sousanis, Nick. Unflattening.  Harvard, 2015.  193p bib  afp  ISBN 9780674744431 pbk, $22.95.  Reviewed in CHOICE October 2015.

Stoknes, Per Espen. What we think about when we try not to think about global warming: toward a new psychology of climate action.  Chelsea Green, 2015.  290p  bibl  index  ISBN 9781603585835 pbk, $24.95.  Reviewed in CHOICE November 2015.

Wharton, Annabel Jane. Architectural agents: the delusional, abusive, addictive lives of buildings.  Minnesota, 2015.  288p bib index  afp  ISBN 9780816693382 cloth, $122.50;  ISBN 9780816693399 pbk, $34.95.  Reviewed in CHOICE November 2015.

Wolf, Hubert. Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio: the true story of a convent in scandal, tr. by Ruth Martin.  Knopf, 2015.  512p  bibl  index  afp  ISBN 9780385351904 cloth, $30.00.  Reviewed in CHOICE July 2015.
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