Accolades, “Best of,” and Book of the Year Citations

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2015

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2014

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Cover: Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist, by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, from Harvard University Press

Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

An Elle Decoration [UK] “Best of Dickens” Selection, 2014

Cover: Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty, trans. Arthur Goldhammer, from Harvard University Press

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Piketty, translated by Arthur Goldhammer

An Amazon.com Best Book of 2014, Business & Investing Category

A Barnes & Noble Review “Words of the Year” Selection, 2014

A BBC News Magazine “Big Ideas of 2014” Selection

A Bloomberg News Favorite Book of 2014

A Bloomberg View Best Book of 2014

A Boing Boing Gift Guide Selection, 2014

A Business Insider Best Business Book of 2014

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title “Top 25” Selection, 2014

A Daily Beast Top 10 “Big Ideas” Book of 2014

An Economist Book of the Year, 2014

An Esquire [UK] Best Book of 2014

A Financial Review “Top Page-Turner” of 2014

A Financial Times Best Book of 2014, Economics

A Flavorwire “10 Best Books by Academic Publishers in 2014” Selection

A Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2014

A Fortune Favorite Book of 2014

A Gates Notes Best Book of 2014

A Globe and Mail Best Book of 2014

A Google Trends Top Search of 2014

A History Today Book of the Year, 2014

A Hudson Booksellers Best Business Book of 2014

An Inc. “7 Most Thought-Provoking Books of 2014” Selection

An Independent Book of the Year, 2014

A Kirkus Reviews “Best Books of 2014 for Informed Americans” Selection

A Los Angeles Times Holiday Book Guide Selection, 2014

A Library Journal Best Book of 2014

A Los Angeles Times Holiday Book Guide Selection, 2014

A Mother Jones Best Book of 2014

A Moyers & Company Best Book of 2014

An Observer Book of the Year, 2014

An Ozy Biggest, Wildest Idea of 2014

A PopMatters Best Book of 2014

A Post and Courier [Charleston, SC] Holiday Gift Guide Selection, 2014

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014

A Scotsman Best Non-Fiction Book of 2014

A strategy + business Best Book of 2014

A Sunday Times “Book That Best Explained the World in 2014” Selection

A Times Higher Education Best Book of 2014

A Wall Street Journal #1 Best Seller and Favorite Read of 2014

A Washington Post #1 Best Seller and Top 50 Nonfiction Book of 2014

2013

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2012

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Cover: Engineering Animals: How Life Works, by Mark Denny and Alan McFadzean, from Harvard University Press

Engineering Animals: How Life Works

Mark Denny and Alan McFadzean

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Walter Benjamin: A Philosophical Portrait, by Eli Friedlander, from Harvard University Press

Walter Benjamin: A Philosophical Portrait

Eli Friedlander

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: The Ethical Project, by Philip Kitcher, from Harvard University Press

The Ethical Project

Philip Kitcher

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: The War on Heresy, by R.I. Moore, from Harvard University Press

The War on Heresy

R.I. Moore

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

A Globe and Mail Best Book of 2012

A Guardian Best History Book of 2012

A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year, 2012

Cover: To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure, by Henry Petroski, from Harvard University Press

To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure

Henry Petroski

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, edited by Venetia Porter, from Harvard University Press

Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam

Edited by Venetia Porter

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

2011

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Cover: Florence and Baghdad: Renaissance Art and Arab Science

Florence and Baghdad: Renaissance Art and Arab Science

Hans Belting, translated by Deborah Lucas Schneider

A Big Think Best Art Book of 2011

A Times Literary Supplement Best Book of 2011

Cover: Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition

Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition

David Garland

A Times Literary Supplement Best Book of 2011

Cover: The Classical Tradition

The Classical Tradition

Edited by Anthony Grafton, Glenn W. Most, and Salvatore Settis

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2011

Cover: No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems

No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems

Liu Xiaobo, edited by Perry Link, Tienchi Martin-Liao, and Liu Xia, with a foreword by Václav Havel

A Wall Street Journal Book of the Year, 2011

Cover: The Last Pre-Raphaelite: Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination

The Last Pre-Raphaelite: Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination

Fiona MacCarthy

A Times Literary Supplement Best Book of 2011

Cover: Letters to a Young Poet

Letters to a Young Poet

Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Mark Harman

A Telegraph Best Book of 2011

Cover: The Essential Tagore

The Essential Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, edited by Fakrul Alam and Radha Chakravarty, with a foreword by Amit Chaudhuri

A New Statesman Book of the Year, 2011

Cover: Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights

Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights

Marina Warner

A Guardian Best Book of 2011

A Times Literary Supplement Best Book of 2011

2010

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Cover: La Vita Nuova

La Vita Nuova

Dante Alighieri, translated by David R. Slavitt, with an introduction by Seth Lerer

A Books & Culture Favorite Book of 2010

Cover: Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition

Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition

Jane Austen, edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks

A First Things Notable Book

Cover: Reason in Philosophy: Animating Ideas

Reason in Philosophy: Animating Ideas

Robert B. Brandom

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: The Art of the Sonnet

The Art of the Sonnet

Stephanie (née Stephen) Burt and David Mikics

A First Things Notable Book

Cover: Saturday Is for Funerals

Saturday Is for Funerals

Unity Dow and Max Essex

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: In the Shadow of Du Bois: Afro-Modern Political Thought in America

In the Shadow of Du Bois: Afro-Modern Political Thought in America

Robert Gooding-Williams

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America

The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America

Sarah Barringer Gordon

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Fatherhood: Evolution and Human Paternal Behavior

Fatherhood: Evolution and Human Paternal Behavior

Peter B. Gray and Kermyt G. Anderson

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero

Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero

Abigail Green

A New Republic Best Book of 2010

A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year

Cover: March of the Microbes: Sighting the Unseen

March of the Microbes: Sighting the Unseen

John L. Ingraham, with a foreword by Roberto Kolter

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia

Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia

Toby Craig Jones

A Vancouver Sun Top 10 Business Book of 2010

Cover: Patriotic Pluralism: Americanization Education and European Immigrants

Patriotic Pluralism: Americanization Education and European Immigrants

Jeffrey E. Mirel

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy

The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy

Richard A. Posner

A Financial Times Financial Book of the Year

Cover: The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence

The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence

Jack N. Rakove

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: The Birth of Feminism: Woman as Intellect in Renaissance Italy and England

The Birth of Feminism: Woman as Intellect in Renaissance Italy and England

Sarah Gwyneth Ross

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: American Homicide

American Homicide

Randolph Roth

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Trotsky: A Biography

Trotsky: A Biography

Robert Service

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Better Living through Economics

Better Living through Economics

Edited by John J. Siegfried

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being

Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being

Esther M. Sternberg, M.D.

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Prefaces to Shakespeare

Prefaces to Shakespeare

Tony Tanner

A Sunday Herald Book of the Year

Cover: Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World

Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World

Robert R.M. Verchick

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement

Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement

Andrew G. Walder

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

2009

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Cover: Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands

Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands

Katherine Benton-Cohen

A Pima County Public Library Best Southwest Book of 2009

Cover: Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller

Christopher Bigsby

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction

On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction

Brian Boyd

A New Zealand Listener Best Book of 2009

Cover: Becoming African Americans: Black Public Life in Harlem, 1919-1939

Becoming African Americans: Black Public Life in Harlem, 1919–1939

Clare Corbould

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Military Culture in Imperial China

Military Culture in Imperial China

Edited by Nicola Di Cosmo

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: What Blood Won't Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America

What Blood Won’t Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America

Ariela J. Gross

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Charisma and Compassion: Cheng Yen and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Movement

Charisma and Compassion: Cheng Yen and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Movement

C. Julia Huang

A Strategy + Business Best Business Book of 2009

Cover: The Fruit, the Tree, and the Serpent: Why We See So Well

The Fruit, the Tree, and the Serpent: Why We See So Well

Lynne A. Isbell

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee

The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee

Patrick D. Jones

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East

Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East

Gilles Kepel, translated by Pascale Ghazaleh

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Democracy Denied, 1905-1915: Intellectuals and the Fate of Democracy

Democracy Denied, 1905–1915: Intellectuals and the Fate of Democracy

Charles Kurzman

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Medicating Children: ADHD and Pediatric Mental Health

Medicating Children: ADHD and Pediatric Mental Health

Rick Mayes, Catherine Bagwell, and Jennifer Erkulwater

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: The Peculiar Life of Sundays

The Peculiar Life of Sundays

Stephen Miller

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion

Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion

Edited by Ronald L. Numbers

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: What Happened at Vatican II

What Happened at Vatican II

John W. O’Malley, S.J.

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Prairie Dogs: Communication and Community in an Animal Society

Prairie Dogs: Communication and Community in an Animal Society

C.N. Slobodchikoff, Bianca S. Perla, and Jennifer L. Verdolin

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Depth: An Account of Scientific Explanation

Depth: An Account of Scientific Explanation

Michael Strevens

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music

Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music

David Suisman

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Benjamin's -abilities

Benjamin’s -abilities

Samuel Weber

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Cover: Be Always Converting, Be Always Converted: An American Poetics

Be Always Converting, Be Always Converted: An American Poetics

Rob Wilson

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

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