Easy Living

Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History by Mark Girouard

Waiting for the New Order

The Vast Majority: A Journey to the World’s Poor by Michael Harrington

The Evolution of the International Economic Order by W. Arthur Lewis

1980s Project of the Council on Foreign Relations: Rich and Poor Nations in the World Economy by Albert Fishlow and Carlos Diaz-Alejandro and Richard R. Fagen and Roger D. Hansen

Reducing Global Inequalities by W. Howard Wriggins and Gunnar Adler-Karlsson

Short Reviews

The Dionne Years: A Thirties Melodrama by Pierre Berton

Visions of Glory: A History and a Memory of Jehovah’s Witnesses by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

The Horse of Pride: Life in a Breton Village by Pierre-Jakez Hélias, translated and abridged by June Guicharnaud

The Pesticide Conspiracy by Robert van den Bosch


Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was a German political theorist who, over the course of many books, explored themes such as violence, revolution, and evil. Her major works include The Origins of Totalitarianism, The Human Condition, and the controversial Eichmann in Jerusalem, in which she coined the phrase “the banality of evil.”

Geoffrey Barraclough (1908–1984) was a British historian.

Rosemary Dinnage’s books include The Ruffian on the Stair, One to One: Experiences of Psychotherapy, and Annie Besant.

Ronald Dworkin (1931–2013) was Professor of Philosophy and Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at NYU. His books include Is Democracy Possible Here?, Justice in Robes, Freedom’s Law, and Justice for Hedgehogs. He was the 2007 winner of the Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize for “his pioneering scholarly work” of “worldwide impact” and he was recently awarded the Balzan Prize for his “fundamental contributions to Jurisprudence.”

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. She is the author of Lulu in Marrakech 
and Le Divorce, among other novels. Her most recent book is 
Flyover Lives.

Frank Kermode (1919–2010) was a British critic and literary theorist. Born on the Isle of Man, he taught at University College London, Cambridge, Columbia and Harvard. Adapted from a series of lectures given at Bryn Mawr College, Kermode’s Sense of An Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction remains one of the most influential works of twentieth-century literary criticism.

Leo Marx is the Kenan Professor of American Cultural History (Emeritus) at MIT and most recently the editor, with Bruce Mazlish, of Progress:Fact or Illusion? (July 1999)