The Ghost Opera

History of the American Cinema, Vol. 1: The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907 by Charles Harpole general editor and Charles Musser

History of the American Cinema, Vol. 2: The Transformation of Cinema: 1907–1915 by Charles Harpole general editor and Eileen Bowser

History of the American Cinema, Vol. 3: An Evening’s Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915–1928 by Charles Harpole general editor and Richard Koszarski

Behind the Mask of Innocence: Sex, Violence, Prejudice, Crime
Films of Social Conscience in the Silent Era
by Kevin Brownlow

Early Cinema: Space, Frame, Narrative edited by Thomas Elsaesser, edited by Adam Barker

Life to Those Shadows by Noël Burch, translated and edited by Ben Brewster

The Missing Reel: The Untold Story of the Lost Inventor of Moving Pictures by Christopher Rawlence

Babel and Babylon: Spectatorship in American Silent Film by Miriam Hansen

Is Japan the Enemy?

The Coming War with Japan by George Friedman and Meredith LeBard

Japan Versus the West: Image and Reality by Endymion Wilkinson

The Rise of Modern Japan by W.G. Beasley

Japan’s Administrative Elite by B.C. Koh

Japan’s Expanding Role and Influence in the Asia-Pacific Region: Implications for US Interests and Policy by Richard P. Cronin

Deepening Economic Linkages in the Pacific Basin Region: Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, and Technology by Masaharu Hanazaki

White Paper on International Trade, 1990 by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Tokyo

Arming Our Allies: Cooperation and Competition in Defense Technology by the US Office of Technology Assessment

Thoughts on US-Japan Security and Economic Linkages in East Asia by Michael W. Chinworth

Kokusanka: FSX and Japan’s Search for Autonomous Defense Production by Michael J. Green

Mysteries of a Masterpiece

The Isenheim Altarpiece: God’s Medicine and the Painter’s Vision by Andrée Hayum

The Devil at Isenheim: Reflections of Popular Belief in Grünewald’s Altarpiece I/University of California Press by Ruth Mellinkoff

Apes R Not Us

Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe by Jane Goodall

Almost Human: A Journey into the World of Baboons by Shirley C. Strum, foreword by George B. Schaller

How Monkeys See the World: Inside the Mind of Another Species by Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth

Language and Species by Derek Bickerton

Uniquely Human: The Evolution of Speech, Thought, and Selfless Behavior by Philip Lieberman


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

John Banville’s Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir is published in February. (February 2018)

Ian Buruma has been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1985 and the magazine’s editor since September 2017. From 2003 to 2017 he was professor of human rights, democracy and journalism at Bard College. Buruma was born in 1951 in The Hague, Holland. He was educated at Leyden University, where he studied Chinese literature and history, and at Nihon University College of Arts, in Tokyo, where he studied cinema. Living in Japan from 1975 to 1981, Buruma worked as a film reviewer, photographer, and documentary filmmaker. In the 1980s, Buruma was based in Hong Kong, where he edited the cultural section of the Far Eastern Economic Review, and from where he later travelled all over Asia as a freelance writer. Buruma was a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin in 1991, and a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 1999. He is a fellow of the European Council of Foreign Relations and a board member of Human Rights in China. In 2008, Buruma won the Erasmus Prize for “exceptional contributions to culture society, or social sciences in Europe.” Buruma has written over seventeen books, including The Wages of Guilt (1995), Murder in Amsterdam (2006), Year Zero (2013), and Theater of Cruelty (2014). He has won several prizes for his books, including the LA Times Book Prize for Murder in Amsterdam, and PEN-Diamonstein Spielvogel award for the art of the essay for Theater of Cruelty. His ­memoir, A Tokyo Romance, has just been published. (April 2018)

James Fallows is National Correspondent for The Atlantic.His books include Free Flight: Inventing the Future of Travel, Blind into Baghdad: America’s War in Iraq, and China Airborne.

Adam Michnik is Editor in Chief of the Warsaw daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. His newest book is The Trouble With History: Morality, Revolution, and Counterrevolution.

Jonathan Mirsky is a historian of China. He was formerly the East Asia Editor of The Times of London and China Correspondent for The Observer.
 (December 2016)

Geoffrey O’Brien is Editor in Chief of the Library of America. His books include Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002–2012 and the poetry collection The Blue Hill. (May 2018)

Willibald Sauerländer is a former Director of the Central Institute for Art History in Munich. His latest book is Manet Paints Monet: A Summer in Argenteuil. (May 2016)

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.