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Choice, the premier reviewer of academic books, designated as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2008 Professor Chris Fritz's book, American Sovereigns: The People and America's Constitutional Tradition Before the Civil War.
Every year, Choice bestows the title on only 10 percent of the more than 7,000 printed and electronic academic books published. The notable books are listed in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, which is published by the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.
The notable titles are based on overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, importance relative to other literature in the field, distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form, originality or uniqueness of treatment and value to undergraduate students.
"In one of the most significant contributions to rethinking the nature and function of constitutionalism that this reviewer has encountered in many years, promising historian-lawyer Fritz has taken a new look at the role of popular sovereignty in conflicts over the nature of constitutional¬ism in the U.S.," wrote Stanley N. Katz, a leading expert on American legal and constitutional history, in an August 2008 review in Choice. "A highly accessible, nicely produced and beautifully researched and written book that is a must read for historians and teachers of public law."