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HEB tracks and releases a list of our most-accessed titles on a semi-annual basis. Over the years this has proved a useful tool for monitoring trends in scholarly research and teaching across disciplines, with certain books becoming permanent fixtures of the HEB “bestseller” list, but one or two newcomers occasionally pointing to rising interest in other fields of study.

For the first half of 2015, that newcomer was Steven Hahn’s Pulitzer-Prize winning A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (Harvard University Press, 2003), adding to the growing number of titles dealing with race and racism in America among our top-accessed books. (As featured on this blog in the past, for those who are actively researching these areas, HEB’s Pinterest board Race in America may provide additional material of interest.)

  1. Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (Verso, 2006)
  2. Hahn, A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (Harvard University Press, 2003)
  3. Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (Basic Books, 1973)
  4. Ehret, The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800 (University Press of Virginia, 2002)
  5. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton University Press, 2004)
  6. Jenkins, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (New York University Press, 2006)
  7. Mintz, Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood (Harvard University Press, 2004)
  8. Dower, War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War (Pantheon, 1993)
  9. Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Makings of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (Basic Books, 1994)
  10. Boyer and Nissenbaum, Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft (Harvard University Press, 1974)