What the Jameses Knew

The Jameses: A Family Narrative by R.W.B. Lewis

Henry James and Revision by Philip Horne

Meaning in Henry James by Millicent Bell

The Sweetest Impression of Life: The James Family and Italy edited by James W. Tuttleton, edited by Agostino Lombardo

When It’s Rational to be Irrational

The Cement of Society: A Study of Social Order by Jon Elster

Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences by Jon Elster

Solomonic Judgments: Studies in the Limitations of Rationality by Jon Elster

Law & Disorder in Los Angeles

Report of the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department by the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department

Daryl Gates: A Portrait of Frustration’ by Bella Stumbo

Reconsidering Vietnam

Vietnam: Citizens Detained for Peaceful Expression

A Vietnam Reader by Walter Capps

The Dynamics of Defeat: The Vietnam War in Hau Nghia Province by Eric M. Bergerud

Strange Ground: An Oral History of Americans in Vietnam, 1945–1975 by Harry Maurer

The Vietnam Wars: 1945––1990 by Marilyn B. Young

War by Other Means: National Liberation and Revolution in Viet-Nam 1954–60 by Carlyle A. Thayer

Vietnam at War: The History: 1946–1975 by Phillip B. Davidson

Romancing Vietnam: Inside the Boat Country by Justin Wintle

Remembering Heaven’s Face: A Moral Witness in Vietnam by John Balaban


Alfred Kazin (1915–1998) was a writer and teacher. Among his books are On Native Grounds, a study of American literature from Howells to Faulkner, and the memoirs A Walker in the Cityand New York Jew. In 1996, he received the first Lifetime Award in Literary Criticism from the Truman Capote Literary Trust.

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.

Osip Mandelstam (1891–1938) was born and raised in St. Petersburg, where he attended the prestigious Tenishev School, before studying at the universities of St. Petersburg and Heidelberg and at the Sorbonne. Mandelstam first published his poems in Apollyon, an avant-garde magazine, in 1910, then banded together with Anna Akhmatova and Nicholas Gumilev to form the Acmeist group, which advocated an aesthetic of exact description and chiseled form, as suggested by the title of Mandelstam’s first book, Stone (1913). During the Russian Revolution, Mandelstam left Leningrad for the Crimea and Georgia, and he settled in Moscow in 1922, where his second collection of poems, Tristia, appeared. Unpopular with the Soviet authorities, Mandelstam found it increasingly difficult to publish his poetry, though an edition of collected poems did come out in 1928. In 1934, after reading an epigram denouncing Stalin to friends, Mandelstam was arrested and sent into exile. He wrote furiously during these years, and his wife, Nadezhda, memorized his work in case his notebooks were destroyed or lost. (Nadezhda Mandelstam’s extraordinary memoirs of life with her husband, Hope Against Hope and Hope Abandoned, published in the 1970s, later helped to bring Mandelstam a worldwide audience.)

Jonathan Mirsky is a historian of China and was formerly the East Asia Editor of The Times of London. (October 2015)

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.

Frank J. Sulloway is Visiting Scholar in the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author most recently of Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives. (November 2006)

Bertram Wyatt-Brown is Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History at the University of Florida. His most recent books are The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace, and War and the forthcoming Hearts of Darkness: Wellsprings of a Southern Literary Tradition. (October 2002)

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.