Contents


New Votuhs’

The Best Congress Money Can Buy by Philip M. Stern

Why Americans Don’t Vote by Frances Fox Piven, by Richard A. Cloward

Whose Votes Count?: Affirmative Action and Minority Voting Rights by Abigail M. Thernstrom

Character: America’s Search for Leadership by Gail Sheehy

Church Going

Jonathan Edwards by Perry Miller

Fathers of the Victorians by Ford K. Brown

Free Love and Heavenly Sinners: The Story of the Great Henry Ward Beecher Scandal by Robert Shaplen

Redemptorama by Carol Flake

The Promised Land

Confessions of a Good Arab by Yoram Kaniuk, translated by Dalya Bilu

Black Box by Amos Oz, translated, in collaboration with the author, by Nicholas De Lange

Twilight by Elie Wiesel, translated by Marion Wiesel

The Honorary Negro

Letters of Carl Van Vechten selected and edited by Bruce Kellner

The Tattooed Countess: A Romantic Novel with a Happy Ending by Carl Van Vechten

Parties by Carl Van Vechten

Infants of the Spring by Wallace Thurman

The Desert Anarchist

The Best of Edward Abbey edited by Edward Abbey

One Life at a Time, Please by Edward Abbey

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

Down the River by Edward Abbey

Beyond the Wall by Edward Abbey

Hungary: The New Twist

Hungary and the Soviet Bloc by Charles Gati

Show Trials: Stalinist Purges in Eastern Europe, 1948–1954 by George H. Hodos

János Kádár: Selected Speeches and Interviews with an introductory biography by L. Gyurkó

1956: Counter-Revolution in Hungary: Words and Weapons by János Berecz, translated by István Butykay, translation revised by Charles Coutts

Cry Hungary! Uprising 1956 by Reg Gadney, introduction by George Mikes

The Velvet Prison: Artists Under State Socialism by Miklós Haraszti, translated by Katalin Landesmann, by Stephen Landesmann, with the help of Steve Wasserman, foreword by George Konrád

AIDS Without End

Report of the Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic by James D. Watkins chairman. submitted to the President of the United States, June 24, 1988

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts

Contributors

Robert M. Adams (1915-1996) was a founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature. He taught at the University of Wisconsin, Rutgers, Cornell and U.C.L.A. His scholarly interested ranged from Milton to Joyce, and his translations of many classic works of French literature continue to be read to this day.

Gabriele Annan is a book and film critic living in London. (March 2006)

Robert Craft is a conductor and writer. Craft’s close working friendship with Igor Stravinsky is the subject of his memoir, An Improbable Life. In 2002 he was awarded the International Prix du Disque at the Cannes Music Festival.

István Deák is Seth Low Professor Emeritus at Columbia. He is the author, with Jan Gross and Tony Judt, of The Politics of Retribution in Europe: World War II and Its Aftermath.

Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002) was an American geologist, biologist and historian of science. He taught at Harvard, where he was named Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, and at NYU. His last book was Punctuated Equilibrium.

Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-2007) was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and educated at the University of Kentucky and Columbia University. A recipient of a Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is the author of three novels, a biography of Herman Melville, and four collections of essays. She was a co-founder and advisory editor of The New York Review of Books and contributed more than one hundred reviews, articles, reflections, and letters to the magazine. NYRB Classics publishes Sleepless Nights, a novel, and Seduction and Betrayal, a study of women in literature.

Stanley Hoffmann is Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor at Harvard. His most recent books are Chaos and Violence: What Globalization, Failed States, and Terrorism Mean for US Foreign Policy and Rousseau and Freedom, coedited with Christie McDonald.


Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. Her books include Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce. Her new book, Flyover Lives, was published in January 2014.

Murray Kempton (1917-1997) was a columnist for Newsday, as well as a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. His books include Rebellions, Perversities, and Main Events and The Briar Patch, as well as Part of Our Time. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985.

Joseph Kerman is emeritus professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley. He began writing music criticism for The Hudson Review in the 1950s, and is a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books and many other journals. His books include Opera as Drama (1956; new and revised edition 1988), The Beethoven Quartets (1967), Contemplating Music (1986), Concerto Conversations (1999), and The Art of Fugue (2005).

John Kidd is the founding director of the James Joyce Research Centre at Boston University. (September 1997)

Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, and the author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and of the forthcoming Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist.. He is also the founder of 350.org, the global climate campaign that has been actively involved in the fight against natural gas fracking.

John F. Murray is the author of Intensive Care: A Doctorå?s Journal. (October 2008)

Darryl Pinckney, a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of a novel, High Cotton, and Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. He lives in New York City.

Peter B. Reddaway is Professor Emeritus of Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.

Robert Towers (1923–1995) was an American critic and novelist. Born in Virginia, Towers was educated at Princeton and served for two years as Vice Counsel at the American Consulate General in Calcutta before dedicating himself to literary studies. He taught English literature and creative writing at Princeton, Queens College and Columbia.

John Updike (1932–2009) was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania. In 1954 he began to publish in The New Yorker, where he continued to contribute short stories, poems, and criticism until his death. His major work was the set of four novels chronicling the life of Harry “Rabbit: Angstrom, he two of which, Rabbit is Richand Rabbit at Rest, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His last books were the novel The Widows of Eastwick and Due Considerations, a collection of his essays and criticism.

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.

Garry Wills is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern. His new book, Making Make-Believe Real: Politics as Theater in Shakespeare’s Time, will be published in the summer 2014.