The Commanders by Bob Woodward
Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations) by Simon Schama
Mao II by Don DeLillo
The Diaries of Hans Christian Andersen selected and translated by Patricia L. Conroy, by Sven H. Rossel
The Kiss of the Snow Queen: Hans Christian Andersen and Man’s Redemption by Woman by Wolfgang Lederer
Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti by James Reston Jr.
Goodnight! A Novel by Abram Tertz (Andrei Sinyavsky), translated and with an introduction by Richard Lourie
Soviet Civilization: A Cultural History by Andrei Sinyavsky, translated by Joanne Turnbull, with the assistance of Nikolai Formozov
‘Opavshie Listya’ V.V. Rozanova by Andrei Sinyavsky
Ivan le Simple: Paganisme, magie et religion du peuple russe by André Siniavski, translated by Antonina Robichou-Stretz
Dans I’ombre de Gogol by Abram Tertz (André Siniavski), translated by Georges Nivat
Promenades avec Pouchkine by Abram Tertz (André Siniavski), translated by Louis Martinez
Andre-la-Poisse (Kroshka Tsores) by Abram Tertz (André Siniavski), translated by Louis Martinez
Consequences: A Personal and Political Memoir by John G. Tower
Romantic Medicine and John Keats by Hermione de Almeida
Janet Adam Smith (1905–1999) was a Scottish writer and critic. Educated at Oxford, she worked as an editor at a number of literary publications, including The Listener, The Criterion and New Statesman. She also edited the Faber Book of Modern Verse and its companion volume, the Faber Book of Children’s Verse. An accomplished mountaineer, Smith wrote about her adventures in Mountain Holidays; her other books include Life Among the Scots and John Buchnan and His World.
Hans A. Bethe is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Cornell University. During the construction of the first atomic bomb he was head of the Theoretical Physics Division at Los Alamos and he has worked on arms control for the last forty years. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1967. (November 2000)
Richard Holmes is the author of Shelley: The Pursuit (published by NYRB Classics), which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1974; Coleridge: Early Visions, winner of the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year award; Dr Johnson & Mr Savage, which won the 1993 James Tait Black Prize; and Coleridge: Darker Reflections, which won the 1990 Duff Cooper Prize and Heinemann Award. His new book, Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air, was published in October 2013. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1992. He is also a professor of biographical studies at the University of East Anglia. He lives in London and Norwich with the novelist Rose Tremain. The article in the December 18, 2014 issue draws on the seventh Leon Levy Biography Lecture, which he gave in 2014 on “The Two Sides of the Biographer’s Notebook.”
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.
Nicholas Lemann is a Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a staff writer for The New Yorker. He is the author of The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy and The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America, among other books.
Thomas Powers is the author of The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA (1979), Heisenberg’s War: The Secret History of the German Bomb (1993), Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to al-Qaeda (2002; revised and expanded edition, 2004), and The Confirmation (2000), a novel. He won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1971 and has contributed to The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, The Nation, The Atlantic, and Rolling Stone. His latest book, The Killing of Crazy Horse, won the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History. He is currently writing a memoir of his father, who once told him that the last time he met Clare Boothe Luce was in the office of Allen Dulles.
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.