Nuffield Members’ work on best books lists of 2009

Books by three college fellows – Robert Allen, John Darwin and Diego Gambetta – were among the best on lists for 2009, and books by two other fellows – Ray Duch and Gwendolyn Sasse – received prizes.

  • Robert C. Allen’s  The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective is a “fine analysis of why Britain became the first industrial country” and one of the best history books of the year, says The Economist.
  • John Darwin’s The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World-System, 1830–1970 was named one of the best history books for Christmas by The Independent, which called it “now the finest, and will be the most influential, general survey of British imperial history”.

  • Diego Gambetta’s Codes of the Underworld: How Criminals Communicate is called one of the best books of the year by a New Scientist blog. It is described as “an absolutely fascinating look at the unique problems criminals face when trying to communicate with one another”.

Two other books by Nuffield College members were recognised in 2009:

  • Ray Duch’s The Economic Vote: How Political and Economic Institutions Condition Electoral Results received the 2009 Gregory Luebbert Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association.

  • Gwendolyn Sasse’s The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition and Conflict was awarded the Alexander Nove prize by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies. The judges declared that “Sasse deals with highly complex issues with great skill and authority.”

For more information on these books, please see our “Latest Books by College Members” webpage. It contains relevant links and each book’s library shelfmark.


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2 Responses to Nuffield Members’ work on best books lists of 2009

  1. canadiancat says:

    I really like the How Criminals Communicate cover. Reminds me of an artist I know (Justin Bua)

    Have you thought about adding links to buy these books through Blackwell’s (or Amazon, dare I say!). I’m sure the authors would appreciate it!

    AKA @ChandosTweets

    • It is a good cover! But apparently Diego Gambetta did not infiltrate the mafia, as the write-up currently suggests. Maybe next time!

      As for the links, that is an excellent idea. It has inspired an interesting discussion here about which site to link to! We’ll make a decision soon and thanks very much for the suggestion.

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