FLORENCE, S.C. – A book published by Kenneth Kitts, associate provost and political science professor at Francis Marion University, has been named an Outstanding Academic Title on Choice magazine’s annual list and is featured in this month’s issue.
Kitts’s book, "Presidential Commissions and National Security: The Politics of Damage Control," published by Lynne Rienner Publishers of Boulder, Colo., is about blue-ribbon investigations of national security issues.
Each year in the January issue, in print and online, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice.
Fewer than 3 percent of the titles submitted for review last year were selected to appear on the list. Choice editors base their selections on the reviewer's evaluation of the work, the editor's knowledge of the field, and the reviewer's record. In awarding Outstanding Academic Titles, the editors apply several criteria to reviewed titles:
- 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
- value to undergraduate students
- importance in building undergraduate library collections
According to the Choice review, the book “should be required reading for students of the American presidency, the US Congress, public administration, and public policy."
Kitts, a native of Waynesville, N.C., earned the B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science from Appalachian State University, and the Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of South Carolina. He joined the FMU faculty in 1987 and was the university’s Distinguished Professor for 2002-03.
The 194-page book sells for $49.95 and can be ordered at www.rienner.com as well as through online retailers such as amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.