Reagan’s Underworld

Report of the President’s Special Review Board by John Tower and Edmund S. Muskie and Brent Scowcroft

The Tower Commission Report with an introduction by R.W. Apple Jr.

Jean Valjean, Superstar

Les Misérables a musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton, direct

No Success Like Failure

Selected Essays of R.P. Blackmur edited and with an introduction by Denis Donoghue

Wayward Skeptic: The Theories of R.P. Blackmur by James T. Jones

The Nuclear Opening

Star Wars: A Defense Insider’s Case Against the Strategic Defense Initiative by Robert Bowman

Watershed in Europe: Dismantling the East-West Military Confrontation by Jonathan Dean

Searching for World Security: Understanding Global Armament and Disarmament by Curt Gasteyger

Nuclear War, Nuclear Proliferation, and their Consequences edited by Sadruddin Aga Khan


Martha Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, with appointments in the Philosophy Department, the Law School, and the Divinity School. Her most recent book is Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach. (January 2001)

Luc Sante is the author of Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, and Folk Photography. He has translated Félix Fénéon’s Novels in Three Lines and written the introduction to George Simenon’s The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (both available as NYRB Classics). He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College. His essay in the October 22, 2015 issue is drawn from his new book, The Other Paris, to be published in October by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was an American novelist, essayist, and playwright. His many works include the memoirs Point to Point Navigation and Palimpsest, the novels The City and the Pillar, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln, and the collection United States: Essays 1952–1992.

Michael Wood is the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton. His books include Literature and the Taste of Knowledge and Yeats and Violence

Lord Zuckerman (1904–1993) was a British zoologist and military strategist. Having advised the Allies on bombing strategy during World War II, he spent much of his later life campaigning for nuclear non-proliferation. Zuckerman was knighted in 1956 and made a life peer in 1971.