No Laughing Matter

Nightmover: How Aldrich Ames Sold the CIA to the KGB for $4.6 Million by David Wise

Betrayal: The Story of Aldrich Ames, an American Spy by Tim Weiner and David Johnston and Neil A. Lewis

Killer Spy: The Inside Story of the FBI’s Pursuit and Capture of Aldrich Ames, America’s Deadliest Spy by Peter Maas

Sellout: Aldrich Ames and the Corruption of the CIA by James Adams

In China’s Gulag

Red in Tooth and Claw: Twenty-six Years in Communist Chinese Prisons by Pu Ning

Bitter Winds: A Memoir of My Years in China’s Gulag by Harry Wu and Carolyn Wakeman

Blood Red Sunset: A Memoir of the Chinese Cultural Revolution by Ma Bo, translated by Howard Goldblatt

Grass Soup by Zhang Xianliang, translated by Martha Avery

Hopper’s Polluted Silence

Edward Hopper and the American Imagination 22–October 15 an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June

Edward Hopper and the American Imagination catalog of the exhibition by Deborah Lyons and Adam D. Weinberg. edited by Julie Grau, with contributions by fourteen others

Edward Hopper: The Art and the Artist by Gail Levin

Edward Hopper’s New England by Carl Little

Hopper by Mark Strand

Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné edited by Gail Levin

The Backward Look

The Life of Arseniev: Youth by Ivan Bunin, Books 1–4 translated by Gleb Struve and Hamish Miles, Book 5 translated by Heidi Hillis and Susan McKean and Sven A. Wolf, edited, annotated and with an introduction by Andrew Baruch Wachtel

Ivan Bunin: Russian Requiem 1885–1920, A Portrait from Letters, Diaries, and Fiction edited with an introduction and notes by Thomas Gaiton Marullo

Ivan Bunin: From the Other Shore 1920–1933, A Portrait from Letters, Diaries, and Fiction edited with an introduction and notes by Thomas Gaiton Marullo

Mother of the World

Egyptomania: Egypt in Western Art, 1730–1930 National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna an exhibition held in 1994 at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, the

Egyptomania: Egypt in Western Art, 1730–1930 catalog of the exhibition by Jean-Marcel Humbert and Michael Pantazzi and Christiane Ziegler

The New Revolutionaries

The Turner Diaries by Andrew" (William L. Pierce) "Macdonald

Warriors Dreams: Violence and Manhood in Post-Vietnam America by James William Gibson

The Ashes of Waco: An Investigation by Dick J. Reavis

Guns, Crime, and Freedom by Wayne R. LaPierre, foreword by Tom Clancy

Report from Iron Mountain on the Possibility and Desirability of Peace by Leonard L. Lewin

The Politics of Righteousness: Idaho Christian Patriotism by James A. Aho

In the Shadow of War: The United States Since the 1930s by Michael S. Sherry

This Thing of Darkness: A Sociology of the Enemy by James A. Aho

Why Waco? Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America by James D. Tabor and Eugene V. Gallagher


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

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1945. He is the author of many novels, including The Book of Evidence, The Untouchable, Eclipse, The Sea (winner of the Man Booker Prize), and Ancient Light. His latest novel ­The Blue Guitar was published in September 2015. As Benjamin Black he has written six crime novels, including Vengeance.

John Bayley is a critic and novelist. His books include Elegy for Iris and The Power of Delight: A Lifetime in Literature.

Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard. His latest book is 
Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature.

Joan Didion is the author of The Year of Magical Thinking and We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction.

Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-2007) was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and educated at the University of Kentucky and Columbia University. A recipient of a Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is the author of three novels, a biography of Herman Melville, and four collections of essays. She was a co-founder and advisory editor of The New York Review of Books and contributed more than one hundred reviews, articles, reflections, and letters to the magazine. NYRB Classics publishes Sleepless Nights, a novel, and Seduction and Betrayal, a study of women in literature.

Sarah Kerr, a longtime contributor to The New York Review, lives near Washington, D.C. (November 2014)

Richard C. Lewontin is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Biology at Harvard University. He is the author of The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change and Biology as Ideology, and the co-author of The Dialectical Biologist (with Richard Levins) and Not in Our Genes (with Steven Rose and Leon Kamin).

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.

Felix Rohatyn is an investment banker and has been a governor of the New York Stock Exchange, Chairman of the New York Municipal Assistance Corporation, and US Ambassador to France. (October 2008)

Ingrid D. Rowland teaches in Rome for the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, she is the author of The Culture of the High Renaissance: Ancients and Moderns in Sixteenth-Century Rome and The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery. She has also published a translation of Vitruvius’ Ten Books of Architecture and a history of Villa Taverna, the US ambassador’s residence in Rome. Her latest book is From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town.

Cathleen Schine is the author of several novels, including Rameau’s Niece, The Love Letter, She is Me, The New Yorkers, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Her new novel, They May Not Mean To, But They Do, will be published in June 2016. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.

Jonathan Spence is Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. Among his books are The Death of Woman Wang, Treason by the Book, The Question of Hu, and The Search for Modern China.

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.

Garry Wills is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern. He is the author, most recently, of The Future of the Catholic Church with 
Pope Francis.