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Subject Guide: Geography: Award-winning Books

This guide contains resources for geography.

Association of American Geographers

Awarded to a book that makes an unusually important contribution to advancing the science and art of geography.

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2020  Wilted : pathogens, chemicals, and the fragile future of the strawberry industry by Julie Guthman
2019  The source : how rivers made America and America remade its rivers by Martin Doyle
2017  Rare earth frontiers : from terrestrial subsoils to lunar landscapes by Julie Michelle Klinger
2016  Limits to globalization : the disruptuive geographies of capitalist development by Eric Sheppard
2015  Concrete revolution : large dams, Cold War geopolitics, and the US Bureau of Reclamation by Christopher Sneddon
2014  The fabric of space : water, modernity and the urban imagination by Matthew Gandy
2013  The birth of territory by Stuart Elden
2012  Africa after apartheid : South Africa, race and nation in Tanzania by Richard Schroeder
2011  Code/space : software and everyday life by Martin Dodge and Rob Kitchin
2010  Seeking asylum : human smuggling and bureaucracy at the border by Alison Mountz
2009  War, violence, and population : making the body count by James A. Tyner
2008  Environmental change and globalization : double exposures by Robin Leichenko and Karen O'Brien
2007  Resurrecting the granary of Rome : environmental history and French colonial expansion in North Africa by Diana K. Davis
2006  Black, brown, yellow, and left : radical activism in Los Angeles by Laura Pulido
2005  On Hollywood : the place, the industry by Allen J. Scott
2004  Growing up global : economic restructuring and children's everyday lives by Cindi Katz
2003  Deforesting the earth : from prehistory to global crisis by Michael Williams (abridged edition (2006) here)
2002  The Internet on earth : a geography of information by Aharon Kellerman
2001  Land, power, and economics on the frontier of Upper Canada by John Clarke
2000  California and the fictions of capital by George L. Henderson

Awarded to those books that document the ways the nominated work conveys the nature and importance of geography to the non-academic world.

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2020  Empire's labor : the global army that supports U.S. wars by Adam Moore
2018  Unjust conditions : women's work and the hidden cost of cash transfer programs by Tara Patricia Cookson
2017  Development drowned and reborn : the Blues and Bourbon restorations in post-Katrina New Orleans by Clyde Woods, edited by Jordan Camp and Laura Pulido
2016  A curriculum of fear : homeland security in U.S. public schools by Nicole Nguyen
2015  Historical Atlas of Maine, edited by Stephen J. Hornsby and Richard W. Judd ; Michael J. Hermann
2014  Atlas of cities by Paul Knox
2013  Why walls won't work : repairing the US-Mexico divide by Michael Dear
2012  A people's guide to Los Angeles by Laura Pulido, Laura Barraclough and Wendy Cheng
2011  Exploring the Brazos River from beginning to end by Jim Kimmel and Jerry Touchstone Kimmel (photographs)
2010  Archaeology and landscape in the Mongolian Altai : an atlas by Esther Jacobson-Tepfer and James E. Meacham ; Gary Tepfer, Photography
2009  Terror and territory : the spatial extent of sovereignty by Stuart Elden
2008  Civil rights memorials and the geography of memory by Owen J. Dwyer and Derek H. Alderman
2007  Census atlas of the United States : Census 2000 special reports, prepared by Trudy A. Suchan, Marc J. Perry, James D. Fitzsimmons, Anika E. Juhn, Alexander M. Tait and Cynthia A. Brewer
2006  Boundaries of dissent : protest and state power in the media age by Bruce D'Arcus
2005  Ramona memories : tourism and the shaping of Southern California by Dydia DeLyser
2004  Cities on the Plains : the evolution of urban Kansas by John R. Shortridge
2003  American empire : Roosevelt's geographer and the prelude to globalization by Neil Smith
2002  Spying with maps : surveillance technologies and future of privacy by Mark Monmonier
2001  Atlas of Oregon by William G. Loy
2000  Our town on the Plains : J. J. Pennell's photographs of Junction City, Kansas, 1893-1922 by James R. Shortridge

Established to encourage and reward American geographers who write books about the United States which convey the insights of professional geography in language that is interesting and attractive to a lay audience.

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2018  Bombs away : militarization, conservation and ecological restoration by David Havlick
2017  Picturing America : the golden age of pictorial maps by Stephen Hornsby; Heading out : a history of American camping by Terence Young
2016  The National Mall : no ordinary public space by Lisa Benton-Short
2015  Hispanic and Latino New Orleans : immigration and identity since the eighteenth century by Andrew Sluyter, Case Watkins, James P. Chaney and Annie M. Gibson
2014  America's public lands : from Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and beyond by Randall K. Wilson
2013  Mastering iron : the struggle to modernize an American industry, 1800-1868 by Anne Kelly Knowles
2012  Kansas City and how it grew, 1822-2011 by James "Pete" Shortridge
2011  Miami : mistress of the Americas by Jan Nijman
2010  Field guide to California agriculture by Paul F. Starrs and Peter Goin
2009  Stairway to empire : Lockport, the Erie Canal, and the shaping of America by Patrick McGreevy
2008  The American college town by Blake Gumprecht
2007  The future city on the inland sea : a history of imaginative geographies of Lake Superior by Eric D. Olmanson
2006  Route 66 : iconography of the American highway by Arthur J. Krim
2005  An unnatural metropolis : wresting New Orleans from nature by Craig Colten
2004  The shaping of America : a geographical perspective on 500 years of history, volume 4 : global America, 1915-2000 by Donald W. Meinig
2003  New Orleans : the making of an urban landscape (2d ed.) by Peirce F. Lewis
2002  Tejano South Texas : a Mexican American cultural province by Daniel D. Arreola
2001  City lights : illuminating the American night by John A. Jakle
2000  George Perkins Marsh, prophet of conservation by David B. Lowenthal
1999  The Los Angeles River : its life, death, and possible rebirth by Blake Gumprecht
1998  The cotton plantation South since the Civil War by Charles S. Aiken
1997  Shadowed ground : America's landscapes of violence and tragedy by Kenneth E. Foote
1996  Main Street revisited : time, space, and image building in small town America by Richard Francaviglia
1995  An unspeakable sadness : the dispossession of the Nebraska Indians by David J. Wishart
1994  Living downtown : the history of residential hotels in the United States by Paul Groth
1993  Rocky Mountain divide : selling and saving the West by John B. Wright
1992  The cultural geography of the United States, revised & enlarged edition, by Wilbur Zelinsky

Association of American Publishers PROSE Award

The PROSE Awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in over 40 categories. Judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals since 1976, the PROSE Awards are extraordinary for their breadth and depth.

For more information about the Professional Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers, sponsor of this award, click here. http://publishers.org/about/overview

Geography and Earth Science and Geology

2020  Chemostratigraphy across major chronological boundaries, edited by by Alcides N. Sial, Claudio Gaucher, Muthuvairavasamy Ramkumar, and Valderez Pinto Ferreira
2019  Global flood hazard : applications in modeling, mapping and forecasting by Guy J-P. Schumann, Paul D. Bates, Heiko Apel, Giuseppe T. Aronica
2018  Earth history and paleogeography by Trond H. Torsvik and L. Robin M. Cocks; Salt tectonics : principles and practice by Martin P. A. Jackson and Michael R. Hudec (honorable mention); Photo atlas of mineral pseudomorphism by J. Theo Kloprogge, Rob Lavinsky, and Stretch Young (honorable mention)
2017  A concise geologic time scale : 2016 by James G. Ogg, Gabi Ogg, and Felix M. Gradstein
2016  Discovering the deep : a photographic atlas of the seafloor and ocean crust by Jeffrey A. Karson, Deborah S. Kelley, Daniel J. Fornari, Michael R. Perfit, and Timothy M. Shank; Atlas of structural geology by Soumyajit Mukherjee (honorable mention); The encyclopedia of volcanoes (2d ed.), Haraldur Sigurdsson, editor-in-chief (honorable mention)
2015  Atlas of meteorites by Monica Grady, Giovanni Pratesi and Vanni Moggi Cecchi; Developments in the theory and practice of cybercartography by Dr. D.R. Fraser Taylor and Tracey Lauriault (honorable mention) (3d ed (2019) here); Southern waters : the limits to abundance by Craig E. Colten (honorable mention)
2013  The lost world of Fossil Lake : snapshots from deep time by Lance Grande; Fossil mammals of Asia : neogene biostratigraphy and Chronology, edited by Xiaoming Wang, Lawrence J. Flynn, and Mikael Fortelius (honorable mention)
2012  Atlas of Yellowstone by W. Andrew Marcus, James E. Meacham, Ann W. Rodman, and Alethea Y. Steingisser; Dirty, sacred rivers : confronting South Asia's water crisis by Cheryl Colopy (honorable mention); Fundamentals of geobiology by Andrew H. Knoll, Donald E. Canfield, and Kurt O. Konhauser (honorable mention); How to build a habitable planet : the story of Earth from the big bang to humankind by Charles H. Langmuir and Wally Broecker (honorable mention)
2011  The fate of Greenland : lessons from abrupt climate change by Philip Conkling, et al; The roof at the bottom of the world : discovering the Transantarctic Mountains by Edmund Stump (honorable mention); The ripple effect : the fate of freshwater in the twenty-first century by Alex Prud'homme (honorable mention)
2010  Life in the world's oceans : diversity, distribution, and abundance by Alasdair McIntyre
2009  Gems and gemstones : timeless natural beauty of the mineral world by Lance Grande and Allison Augustyn; The Mojave Desert : ecosystem processes and sustainability, edited by Robert H. Webb, Lynn F. Fenstermaker, Jill S. Heaton, Debra L. Hughson, Eric V. McDonald and David M. Miller
2008  Worlds before Adam : the reconstruction of geohistory in the age of reform by Martin J. S. Rudwick; Dogs : their fossil relatives and evolutionary history by Xiaoming Wang & Richard H. Tedford (honorable mention); How the ocean works : an introduction to oceanography by Mark Denny (honorable mention)
2007  Evolution : what the fossils say and why it matters by Donald R. Prothero ; with original illustrations by Carl Buell; Hard road west : history & geology along the Gold Rush trail by Keith Heyer Meldahl (honorable mention)
2006  Mapping paradise : a history of heaven on earth by Alessandro Scafi; Atmospheric halos and the search for angle X by Walter Tape and Jarmo Moilanen (honorable mention)
2005  The essentials of medical geology : impacts of the natural environment on public health, editor-in-chief, Olle Selinus; Rivers of North America by Arthur C. Benke and Colbert E. Cushing
2004  Nature : an economic history by Geerat J. Vermeij; Beyond the stony mountains : nature in the American West from Lewis and Clark to today by Daniel B. Botkin (honorable mention)
2003  Handbook of weather, climate, and water : atmospheric chemistry, hydrology, and societal impacts by Thomas D. Potter and Bradley R. Colman; Handbook of weather, climate, and water : dynamics, climate, physical meteorology, weather systems, and measurements by Thomas D. Potter and Bradley R. Colman; Ancient wine by Patrick E. McGovern (honorable mention); Deforesting the Earth : from prehistory to global crisis by Michael Williams
2002  Hawaiian volcanoes : deep underwater perspectives by Eiichi Takahashi, Peter Lipman, Michael Garcia, Jiro Naka and Shigeo Aramaki; The earth's biosphere : evolution, dynamics and change by Vaclav Smil (honorable mention)
2001  Apollo's eye : a cartographic genealogy of the earth in the western imagination by Denis Cosgrove
2000  Mountain meteorology : fundamentals and applications by C. David Whiteman; The eternal darkness : a personal history of deep-sea exploration by Robert D. Ballard, with Will Hively (honorable mention)
1999  Encyclopedia of volcanoes, editor-in-chief, Haraldur Sigurdsson (2d ed. (2015) here)
1998  The Columbia gazetteer of the world, edited by Saul B. Cohen
1997  An introduction to satellite image interpretation by Eric D. Conway
1996  Encyclopedia of climate and weather, Stephen H. Schneider, editor in chief
1995  From Cape Cod to the Bay of Fundy : an environmental atlas of the Gulf of Maine by Philip W. Conkling
1994  Rivers of the United States, volume 1 : Estuaries by Ruth Patrick
1993  The tornado : its structure, dynamics, prediction, and hazards, C. Church ... [et al.], editors
1992  The Proterozoic biosphere : a multidisciplinary study edited by J. William Schopf and Cornelis Klein
1991  Out of the earth : civilization and the life of the soil by Daniel Hillel