Runners Up December 2010

Books of the Year

Fifteen additional picks

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The Bradshaw Variations: A Novel, by Rachel Cusk (FSG)

Elizabethan Architecture, by Mark Girouard (Yale)

Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet, by Jennifer Homans (Random House)

The Fruit, the Tree and the Serpent: Why We See So Well, by Lynne A. Isbell (Harvard)

Family Britain: 1951-1957, byDavid Kynaston (Walker)

Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews, by Peter Longerich (Oxford)

The Complete Architecture of Adler and Sullivan, by Richard Nickel and Aaron Siskind with John Vinci and Ward Miller (Chicago)

Rethinking France: Le Lieux de memoire (a four-volume work, concluded this year) edited by Pierre Nora (Chicago)

Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life, by Nicholas Phillipson (Yale)

My Hollywood: A Novel, by Mona Simpson (Knopf)

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, by Timothy Snyder (Basic)

Muriel Spark: The Biography, by Martin Stannard (Norton)

Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater, by Larry Stempel (Norton)

Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580–1865, by Christopher Tomlins (Cambridge)

Trespass: A Novel, by Rose Tremain (Norton)

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His first piece for the magazine, "The Diversity Myth," was a cover story in 1995. Since then he's written articles and reviews on a startling array of subjects from fashion to the American South, from current fiction to the Victorian family, and from international economics to Chinese restaurants. Schwarz oversees and writes a monthly column for "Books and Critics," the magazine's cultural department, which under his editorship has expanded its coverage to include popular culture and manners and mores, as well as books and ideas. He also regularly writes the "leader" for the magazine. Before joining the Atlantic's staff, Schwarz was the executive editor of World Policy Journal, where his chief mission was to bolster the coverage of cultural issues, international economics, and military affairs. For several years he was a foreign policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he researched and wrote on American global strategy, counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, and military doctrine. Schwarz was also staff member of the Brookings Institution. Born in 1963, he holds a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Yale, and was a Fulbright scholar at Oxford. He has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and The Nation. He has lectured at a range of institutions, from the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School to the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History. He won the 1999 National Book Critics Circle award for excellence in book criticism.

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