The War of Southern Aggression

John C. Calhoun and the Price of Union: A Biography by John Niven

Secret and Sacred: The Diaries of James Henry Hammond, a Southern Slaveholder edited by Carol Bleser

Origins of Southern Radicalism: The South Carolina Upcountry, 1800–1860 by Lacy K. Ford Jr.

Rewriting the Iran-Contra Story

Men of Zeal: A Candid Inside Story of the Iran-Contra Hearings by Senators William S. Cohen and George J. Mitchell

Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North by Ben Bradlee Jr.

The Iranian Triangle: The Untold Story of Israel’s Role in the Iran-Contra Affair by Samuel Segev, translated by Haim Watzman

Perilous Statecraft: An Insider’s Account of the Iran-Contra Affair by Michael A. Ledeen

Landslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984–1988 by Jane Mayer and Doyle McManus


The Myth of Ritual Murder: Jews and Magic in Reformation Germany by R. Po-chia Hsia


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.

Anthony Lewis, a former columnist for The New York Times, has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment.

James McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton. His books include Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, and, most recently, The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters.

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932 and emigrated to England in 1950, when he won a scholarship to University College, Oxford. He is the author of many novels, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and In a Free State, which won the Booker Prize. He has also written several nonfiction works based on his travels, including India: A Million Mutinies Now and Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples. He was knighted in 1990 and in 1993 was the first recipient of the David Cohen British Literature Prize.

Garry Wills is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern. He is the author, most recently, of The Future of the Catholic Church with 
Pope Francis.

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.