Wake Up, America!

Microcosm: The Quantum Revolution in Economics and Technology by George Gilder

Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class by Barbara Ehrenreich

The End of the American Century by Steven Schlossstein

The Shivering of Empire

First Encounters: Spanish Explorations in the Caribbean and the United States, 1492–1570 edited by Jerald T. Milanich, edited by Susan Milbrath

Commander of the Armada: The Seventh Duke of Medina Sidonia by Peter Pierson

The Adventures of Captain Alonso de Contreras: A 17th Century Journey by Alonso de Contreras, translated and annotated by Philip Dallas

Dutch Primacy in World Trade, 1585–1740 by Jonathan I. Israel

Art and Death at the Spanish Habsburg Court: The Royal Exequies for Philip IV by Steven N. Orso

Bourbon Spain, 1700–1808 by John Lynch

Lucy and Lucifer

Doing Things with Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory by M.H. Abrams, edited and with a foreword by Michael Fischer

An Appetite for Poetry by Frank Kermode

Protocols of Reading by Robert Scholes

Framing the Sign: Criticism and Its Institutions by Jonathan Culler

Critical Writings, 1953––1978 by Paul de Man, edited and with an introduction by Lindsay Waters


George F. Kennan (1904–2005) was an American diplomat, political scientist and historian. He is best known for his role in shaping US foreign policy during the Cold War and, in particular, for the doctrine of containment. Kennan was Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and served as Ambassador to the USSR in 1952 and as Ambassador to Yugoslavia from 1961 to 1963. His books include At a Century’s Ending and An American Family.

Janet Malcolm was born in Prague. She was educated at the High School of Music and Art, in New York, and at the University of Michigan. Along with In the Freud Archives, her books include Diana and Nikon: Essays on Photography, Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession, The Journalist and the Murderer, The Purloined Clinic: Selected Writings, The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, The Crime of Sheila McGough, and Reading Chekhov: A Critical Journey. She wrote about the trial of Mazoltuv Borukhova, the mother of Michelle, in her book Iphigenia in Forest Hills, just out in paperback. Her most recent book is Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers. She lives in New York.

Michael Massing, a former executive editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, frequently writes about the press.

Alan Ryan’s On Tocqueville and On Marx were published last year. He is the author of the two-volume work On Politics: A History of Political Thought: From Herodotus to the Present. He is visiting professor of philosophy at Stanford.

Charles Rycroft (1914–1998) was a British psychoanalyst and writer. His books include A Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, Anxiety and Neurosis, The Innocence of Dreams, and Psychoanalysis and Beyond.