Contents


Mission Impossible

The “Other” State Department: The United States Mission to the United Nations—Its Role in the Making of Foreign Policy by Arnold Beichman, with a Foreword by Leland M. Goodrich

Effrontery & Charm

Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino, Translated from the Italian by William Weaver

Antonio in Love by Giuseppe Berto, Translated from the Italian by William Weaver

Bees Without Honey

Life on a Little Known Planet by Howard E. Evans

Animal Societies from the Bee to the Gorilla by Remy Chauvin, translated by George Ordish

Animals in Splendour by E.L. Watson

The Dance Language and Orientation of Bees by Karl von Frisch, translated by Leigh E. Chadwick

Man and Monkey by Leonard Williams

Brightening Up the Dark Ages

Death and Life in the Tenth Century by Eleanor Duckett

The Other Conquest by John Julius Norwich

The Making of the Christian West, 980-1140 by Georges Duby

Contributors

M. I. Finley (1912-1986), the son of Nathan Finkelstein and Anna Katzellenbogen, was born in New York City. He graduated from Syracuse University at the age of fifteen and received an MA in public law from Columbia, before turning to the study of ancient history. During the Thirties Finley taught at Columbia and City College and developed an interest in the sociology of the ancient world that was shaped in part by his association with members of the Frankfurt School who were working in exile in America. In 1952, when he was teaching at Rutgers, Finley was summoned before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee and asked whether he had ever been a member of the Communist Party. He refused to answer, invoking the Fifth Amendment; by the end of the year he had been fired from the university by a unanimous vote of its trustees. Unable to find work in the US, Finley moved to England, where he taught for many years at Cambridge, helping to redirect the focus of classical education from a narrow emphasis on philology to a wider concern with culture, economics, and society. He became a British subject in 1962 and was knighted in 1979. Among Finley’s best-known works are The Ancient Economy, Ancient Slavery and Modern Ideology, and The World of Odysseus.

Edgar Z. Friedenberg (1927-2000) was an American social critic and scholar of education. His books include Coming of Age in America and Growth and Acquiescence.

Conor Cruise O’Brien (1917–2009) was an Irish historian and politician. He was elected to the Irish parliament in 1969 and served as a Minister from 1973 until 1977. His works include States of Ireland, The Great Melody and Memoir: My Life and Themes.

Anthony Quinton (1925–2010) was a British philosopher. Quinton served as president of Trinity College, Oxford and as chairman of the British Library. His works include The Nature of Things, Hume, and From Wodehouse to Wittgenstein.