The New Mafia

The Gotti Tapes: Including the Testimony of Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano foreword by Ralph Blumenthal, afterword by John Miller

War on Drugs: Studies in the Failure of U.S. Narcotics Policy edited by Alfred W. McCoy, edited by Alan A. Block

Evil Money: Encounters Along the Money Trail by Rachel Ehrenfeld

The BCCI Affair: A Report to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Operations by the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International


Fearful Symmetry: Is God a Geometer? by Ian Stewart and Martin Golubitsky

Symmetry in Chaos: A Search for Pattern in Mathematics, Art and Nature by Michael Field and Martin Golubitsky

M.C. Escher: Visions of Symmetry by Doris Schattschneider

Wordplay:Ambigrams and Reflections on the Art of Ambigrams by John Langdon


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.

Stephen Kinzer, a former New York Times bureau chief in Nica­ragua, is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown. His new book is The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War. (December 2013)

Bernard Knox (1914–2010) was an English classicist. He was the first director of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. Among his many books are The Heroic Temper, The Oldest Dead White European Males, and Backing into the Future: The Classical Tradition and Its Renewal. He is the editor of The Norton Book of Classical Literature and wrote the introductions and notes for Robert Fagles’s translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey.

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.

John Updike (1932–2009) was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania. In 1954 he began to publish in The New Yorker, where he continued to contribute short stories, poems, and criticism until his death. His major work was the set of four novels chronicling the life of Harry “Rabbit: Angstrom, he two of which, Rabbit is Richand Rabbit at Rest, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His last books were the novel The Widows of Eastwick and Due Considerations, a collection of his essays and criticism.