The following 4 publications received Choice awards for Outstanding Academic Titles this year. All were either published by the Wilson Center or were written by a scholar while in residence at the Center.

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries is published by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Every year in the January issue, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community.

Award-winning Titles

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin (Knopf, April 2005)

Kai Bird worked on this book while a Fellow at the Wilson Center in 2001-2002.

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Cold War International History Project

The Cold War International History Project was established by the Wilson Center in 1991. The Project disseminates new information and perspectives on the history of the Cold War, in particular new findings from previously inaccessible sources on "the other side" -- the former Communist world.

Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives: Social Sector Reform, Democratization, and Globalization in Latin America,
ed. by Robert R. Kaufman and Joan M. Nelson (Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004)

This book originated from two workshops sponsored by the Wilson Center's Latin American Program in 2002. The book was published by the Woodrow Wilson Center Press, the Center's in-house book publishing program. Joan Nelson is a Wilson Center Senior Scholar.

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The Democratic Century
by Seymour Martin Lipset and Jason M. Lakin (University of Oklahoma Press, 2004)

Seymour Martin Lipset is a Wilson Center Senior Scholar.

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The award list is quite selective: it contains approximately ten percent of some 6,600 works reviewed in Choice each year. Choice, editors base their selections on the reviewer's evaluation of the work, the editor's knowledge of the field, and the reviewer's record. The list was known as Outstanding Academic Books until 2000. The new name reflects an increase in reviews of electronic products and Internet sites.

In awarding Outstanding Academic Titles, the editors apply several criteria to reviewed titles:

  • overall excellence in presentation and scholarship
  • importance relative to other literature in the field
  • distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form
  • originality or uniqueness of treatment
  • value to undergraduate students
  • importance in building undergraduate library collections

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