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A complete list of our readers' nominees

(The top ten academic books of the 90s are noted in boldface type. Nominations for fictional works and books published before 1990 were disqualified).

Academia and the Luster of Capital, Sande Cohen

The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991, Eric Hobsbawm

The Age of the Passions, John Dwyer

The Alchemy of Race and Rights, Patricia Williams

Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy, Dave Hickey

All About Arthritis: Past, Present, Future, Derrick Brewerton

Alterities, Thomas Docherty

American Civilization, CLR James (written in 1950 but not published until 1993)

Aramis, or the Love of Technology, Bruno Latour

The Armchair Economist, Steven E. Landsburg

Art for Art's Sake and Literary Life: How Politics and Markets Helped Shape the Ideology & Culture of Aestheticism 1790-1990, Gene H. Bell-Villada

The Art of Living, Alexander Nehamas

The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets, Helen Vendler

The Authority of Reason, Jean Hampton

Ashes To Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, The Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris, Richard Kluger at Home in the Universe, Stuart Kaufmann

Augustine the Reader, Brian Stock

Avenues of Participation: Family, Politics and Networks in Urban Quarters of Cairo, Diane Singerman

Backlash, Susan Faludi

The Baltimore Case, Daniel Kevles

Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, George Sanchez

The Bell Curve, Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray

Beneath the American Renaissance, David S. Reynolds

Beyond Politics: Markets, Welfare and Failure of Bureaucracy, William C. Mitchell and Randy T. Simmons

Black and White Strangers, Kenneth Warren

The Black Atlantic, Paul Gilroy

Black Feminist Thought, Patricia Hill Collins

The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins

Bodies That Matter, Judith Butler

Bombing to Win: Air Power and Coercion in War, Robert A. Pape.

The Book of J, Harold Bloom

Born to Rebel, Frank Sulloway

Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy, Laura Kipnis

Bright Air, Brilliant Fire, Gerald Edelman

Buddhism in America, Richard Hugues Seager

Building a Bridge to the Eighteenth Century, Neil Postman

But Is It True?, Aaron Wildavsky

Calling Home: Working Class Women's Writings, Janet Zandy

Capital And Coercion In European States, Charles Tilly

Causality, Judea Pearl

Changing the Rules: The Politics of Liberalization and the Urban Informal Economy in Tanzania, Aili Mari Tripp

Child Welfare, Garry Mallon

City Of Dreadful Delight: Narratives Of Sexual Danger In Late-Victorian London, Judith Walkowitz

City of Man, Pierre Manent

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, Mike Davis

Civic Ideals, Rogers Smith

Code of the Street, Elijah Anderson

Coming to Class, Alan Shepard et al., eds.

Confessions of a Philosopher, Bryan Magee

Confronting Sexual Harassment: What Schools and Colleges Can Do, Judith Berman Brandenburg

Conquest, Hugh Thomas

Consciousness Explained, Daniel Dennet

Consilence, E.O.Wilson

The Corrosion of Character, Richard Sennett

The Couch and the Tree: Dialogues Between Psychoanalysis and Buddhism, edited by Anthony Molino

Creating the Kingdom of Ends; Christine Korsgaard

Creation of the Sacred, Walter Burkert

Critical Essays on Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Joanne B. Karpinski, ed.

Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood, Emilia Viotti da Costa

Cultural Capital, John Guillory

The Cultural Cold War, Francis Stonor Saunders

The Cultural Front, Michael Denning

Culture and Imperialism, Edward Said

The Culture of Disbelief, Stephen Carter

The Culture Of Fear, Barry Glassner

The Culture Of Pain, David Morris

The Culture We Deserve, Jacques Barzun

Culture of Hope, Frederick Turner

Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Daniel Dennett

Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil, Nancy Scheper-Hughes

The Demography of Corporations and Industries, Glen R. Carroll and Michael T. Hannan

Descartes' Error, Antonio Demasio

Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research, Gary King, Robert Keohane, and Sidney Verba

Deterring Democracy, Noam Chomsky

Die Kunst der Gesellschaft, Niklas Luhmann

Diplomacy, Henry Kissinger

The Disappearance of Childhood, Neil Postman

The Diversity of Life, Edward O. Wilson

Doing What Comes Naturally, Stanley Fish

Dostoevsky: The Miraculous Years, Joseph Frank

The East in the West, Jack Goody

Embracing Defeat, John Dower

The End of Reform, Alan Brinkley

Entangled Objects, Nicholas Thomas

Epistemology of the Closet, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Eurocentrism, Jose Rabasa

Evolution of the Social Contract, Brian Skyrms

Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science, Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

Fast Cars Clean Bodies, Kristin Ross

Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader. 2nd ed., Mary Eagleton, ed.

Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction, Rosemarie Putnam Tong

The Fifties, David Halberstam

The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France, Robert Darnton

Foundations of Social Theory, James S. Coleman

The Fragility of Goodness, Martha Nussbaum

Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945, David Kennedy

From Marx to Mieses, David Ramsay Steele

Gay New York, George Chauncey

Gender Trouble, Judith Butler

Generations, William Strauss and Neil Howe

A Gentle Madness, Nicholas A Basbanes

Ghost of the Executed Engineer: Technology and the Fall of the Soviet Union, Loren R. Graham

God Owes Us Nothing, Leszak Kolokowski

Gothic America, Teresa A. Goddu

Grief and Reason, Joseph Brodsky

Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond

Habermas and the Public Sphere, Craig Calhoun, ed.

The Handicap Principle, A. Zahavi & A. Zahavi

The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power, Carole Levin

Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life, David Friedman

Higher Superstition, Paul Gross and Norman Levitt

Higher Superstition, Paul Gross and Norman Levitt

Homo Aestheticus, Louise Young

The Holocaust in American Life, Peter Novick

How Do We Tell The Workers, Joe L. Kinchloe

How The Mind Works, Steven Pinker

Identity And Control, Harrison C. White

Ideology Of The Aesthetic, Terry Eagleton

Imagined Communities, 2nd ed., Benedict Anderson

Imaging Sound: An Ethnomusicological Study of Music, Art, and Culture in Mughal India, Bonnie C. Wade

The Imperative, Alphonso Lingis

In Praise of Commercial Culture, Tyler Cowen

The Intellectuals and the Masses: Pride and Prejudice among the Literary Intelligensia, 1880-1939, John Carey

International Monetary Economics, 1870-1960, M. June Flanders

Inventing America: Spanish Historiography and the Formation of Eurocentrism, Jose Rabasa

The Invention of Autonomy, J.B. Schneewind

Itch, edited by Jeffrey D. Bernhard

I've Got the Light of Freedom, Charles Payne

The Jahangirnama: Memoirs of Jahangir, Emperor of India, translated, edited, and annotated, Wheeler M. Thakston

Japan's Total Empire, Louise Young

John Dewey and American Democracy, Robert Westbrook

John Dewey and the High Tide of American Liberalism, Alan Ryan

Killing the Spirit: Higher Education in America, Page Smith

The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker

The Language of Silence, Ernestine Schlant

The Last Word, Thomas Nagel

Later Auden, Edward Mendelson

Law, Labor and Ideology in the Early American Republic, Christopher Tomlins

Leasing the Ivory Tower: The Corporate Takeover of Academia, Lawrence C. Soley

Lectures on Conversation, Harvey Sacks

Lenin's Tomb, David Remnick

Let's Get This Straight: A Gay- and Lesbian-Affirming Approach to Child Welfare, Gerald P. Mallon

Liberating Memory: Our Work and Our Working-Class Consciousness, Janet Zandy

Library Research Models, Thomas Mann

Life in Moving Fluids, S Vogel

The Life of the Cosmos, Lee Smolin

Lighting Out For The Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture, Shelley Fisher Fishkin

Literature Lost, John M. Ellis

Living Downtown: The History of Residential Hotels in the United States, Paul Groth

Logic and Existence, Jean Hyppolite

Looking Awry, Slavoj Zizek

Love and Its Place in Nature: A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis, Jonathan Lear

Love and Theft, Eric Lott

Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius, Ray Monk

The Magician's Doubts: Nabokov and the Risks of Fiction; Michael Wood

Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy, Robert Putnam

Manhood in America, Michael S. Kimmel

Margins and Mainstreams: Asians in American History and Culture, Gary Okihiro

The Mask Of Anarchy: The Destruction Of Liberia And The Religious Dimension of an African Civil War, Stephen Ellis

Male, Female, Dave Geary

Media Matters, John Fiske

The Meme Machine, Susan Blackmore

Memory & Narrative, James Olney

Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film, Carol Clover

Mesmerized, Alison Winter

Moral Animal, Robert Wright

The Moral Animal, Robert Wright

The Miniature Epic in Vandal Africa, David Bright

The Morality of Happiness, Julia Annas

More Liberty Means Less Government, Walter Williams

More Than Night, James Narremore

Mr.Bligh's Bad Language: Passion, Power, and Theatre on the Bounty, Greg Dening

The Mysterious Flame: Conscious Minds in a Material World, Colin McGinn

Myth, Truth & Literature, Colin Falck

National Survey of State Laws, 3d Edition, Richard Leiter

The New Constellation, Richard Bernstein

Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle, Pierre Klossowski (Eng. trans.)

Oil Monarchies, F. Gregory Gause III

On the Contrary, Churchland and Churchland

On Flirtation, Adam Phillips

On the History of Film Style, David Bordwell

On Longing, Susan Stewart

On the Market, edited by Christine Boufis and Victoria Olsen

Open-Minded, Jonathan Lear

The Organization of Learning, C. R. Gallistel

The Origins of Virtue, Matt Ridley

The Origins of War , Donald Kagan

Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America, Richard K. Vedder and Lowell E. Gallaway

Overcoming Law, Richard Posner

Oxford Guide to Library Research, Thomas Mann

Painters and Public Art in Eighteenth Century France, Thomas Crow

Paradoxes of Gender, Judith Lorber

The Park and the People: A History of Central Park, Elizabeth Blackmar and Roy Rosenzweig

Patterns of American Jurisprudence, Neil Duxbury

Performing Rites, Simon Frith

Philosophical Melancholy & Delirium, D.W. Livingstone

Philosophical Papers, Vols 1-3, Richard Rorty

The Plague Of Fantasies, Slavoj Zizek

Plato and the Socratic dialogue, Charles H. Kahn

Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, Toni Morrison

The Pleasures of the Imagination, John Brewer

Political Liberalism, John Rawls

Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, Fredric Jameson

Post-Theory: Reconstructing Film Studies, Bordwell, edited by David and Noel Carroll

The Power of Identity, Manuel Castells

Powers and Prospects, Noam Chomsky

The Problematics of Moral & Legal Theory, Richard Posner

Prescription for Failure, Byron M. Roth

President Kennedy, Richard Reeves

Primate Visions, Donna Haraway

Private Truths, Public Lies, Timur Kuran

The Prokaryotes, edited by Balows et al

Protecting Soldiers and Mothers, Theda Skocpol

Public Goods and Private Communities, Fred Foldvary

The Quality of Life, Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen, eds

Race & Human Evolution: A Fatal Attraction, Milfrod Wolpoff and Rachel Caspari

Radical Artifice: Writing Poetry in the Age of Media, Marjorie Perloff

The Radicalism of the American Revolution, Gordon Wood

Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, vols. I & II., J. E. Lighter, ed.

The Red Queen, Matt Ridley

Reflections on Commercial Life, Patrick Murray, ed.

Remarks on Colour, Ludwig Wittgenstein

Rembrandt's Eyes, Simon Schama

The Rising Curve: Long Term Gains in IQ and Related Measures, edited by Ulric Neisser

Ritual and Spontaneity in the Psychoanalytic Process: A Dialectical-Constructivist View, Irwin Z. Hoffman

Rum Punch and Revolution: Taverngoing and Public Life in Eighteenth Century Philadelphia, Peter Thompson

Running Steel, Running America, Judith Stein

Scenarios of Power: Myth and Ceremony in the Russian Monarchy, Richard Wortman

Schooling in Capitalist America, Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis

Seeing Like a State, James C. Scott

Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, Ken Wilbur

Sexual Personae, Camille Paglia

The Sexual Politics of Meat, Carol J. Adams

Shakespeare's Language, Frank Kermode

Shame and Necessity, Bernard Williams

Signs of the Times, David Lehman

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History, Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Situated Learning, Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger

Sledgehammer: Women's Imprisonment at the Millennium, Pat Carlen

Social Systems, Niklas Luhmann

The Sources of Normativity, Christine Korsgaard

The Splendid Blond Beast: Money, Law, and Genocide in the Twentieth Century, by Christopher Simpson

The Spread of Nuclear Weapons, Kenneth Waltz and Scott Sagan

Stalin's Peasants: Resistance and Survival in the Russian Village after Collectivization, Sheila Fitzpatrick

Strangers in Paradise, Ryan and Sackrey

The Structure of Liberty, Randy Barnett

The Sublime Object of Ideology, Slavoj Zizek

Suffering Presence, Stanley Hauerwas

Tainted Souls and Painted Faces, Amanda Anderson

Talking Up a Storm, Gregory Morris

Teaching Working Class, edited by Sherry Lee Linkon

Tears, Mark C. Taylor

Technopoly, Neil Postman

Telling Identities: The Californio Testimonios, Rosaura Sanchez

Tendencies, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Terrible Honesty, Ann Douglas

Testimony, Shoshona Felman & Dori Laub

The Therapy of Desire, Martha C. Nussbaum

Thinking in Jazz, Paul Berliner

This Fine Place So Far from Home: Voices of Academics from the Working Class, L. Barney Dews & Carolyn Leste Law

The Third Culture, John Brockman, editor

Third Wave, Samuel Huntington

The Trouble with Principle, Stanley Fish

The True Story of the Novel, Margaret Anne Doody

The Turkish State and History: Clio Meets the Grey Wolf, Speros Vryonis, Jr.

Theology and Social Theory, John Milbank

There's No Such Thing as Free Speech and It's a Good Thing, Too, Stanley Fish

To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America-A History, Lillian Federman

To Serve and Protect: Privatization and Community in Criminal Justice, Bruce L. Benson

To Stand on the Rock: Meditations in Black Catholic Identity, Joseph Brown S.J.

Trauma & Recovery, Judith Lewis Hermann

Uncommon Ground, William Cronon

Unfathomed Knowledge, Unmeasured Wealth, W.W. Barley, III

The Unity of Reason: Rereading Kant, Susan Neiman

The University in Ruins, Bill Readings

The Urban Crisis, Thomas Sugrue

The Violence of Literacy, J. Elspeth Stuckey

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, David Landes

The Western Canon, Harold Bloom

Vale Of Tears: Revisiting The Canudos Massacre In Northeastern Brazil, 1893-1897, Robert M. Levine

Value in Ethics and Economics, Elizaberth Anderson

Vice Versa: Bisexuality and the Erotics of Everyday Life, Marjorie Garber

Vico, Mark Lilla

War in the Age of Intelligent Machines, Manuel de Landa

Was Huck Black? Mark Twain and African-American Voices, Shelley Fisher Fishkin

What is Cognitive Science, Von Eckardt

Wise Choices, Apt Feelings: a Theory of Normative Judgment, Allan Gibbard

Wittgenstein's Place in Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy, Peter Hacker

Women Writing the Academy, Gesa E. Kirsch

Words and Rules, Steven Pinker

Working-Class Women In The Academy, Michelle M. Tokarczyk and Elizabeth A. Fay

Writing in an Alien World, Deborah Mutnick

A Year With Swollen Appendices, Brian Eno


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