The Beginning of the End

Moving the Mountain a documentary film directed by Michael Apted, produced by Trudie Styler

The Gate of Heavenly Peace a documentary film directed and produced by Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon

Neither Gods nor Emperors: Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China by Craig Calhoun


The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861––1865 by Mark Grimsley

Citizen Sherman: A Life of William Tecumseh Sherman by Michael Fellman

Robert E. Lee: A Biography by Emory M. Thomas

Davis and Lee at War by Steven E. Woodworth

Opening the Box of Delights

A Book of Discoveries by John Masefield

Martin Hyde: The Duke’s Messenger by John Masefield

Jim Davis by John Masefield

The Midnight Folk by John Masefield, illustrated by Quentin Blake

The Box of Delights: When the Wolves Were Running by John Masefield, illustrated by Quentin Blake

An Honest Eye

John Singleton Copley in America 26, 1995–January 7, 1996. an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September, Catalog of the exhibition by Carrie Rebora and Paul Staiti and Erica E. Hirshler and Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. and Carol Troyen, with contributions by Morrison H. Heckscher and Aileen Ri

John Singleton Copley in England 1995–January 7, 1996. an exhibition at the National Gallery, Washington, DC, October 11,, Catalog of the exhibition by Emily Ballew Neff, with an essay by William L. Pressly

Separated at Birth

Budapest and New York: Studies in Metropolitan Transformation, 1870–1930 edited by Thomas Bender, edited by Carl E. Schorske


Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986), a giant in Latin American letters, wrote numerous books of poetry, fiction, and essays, and was a prodigious translator of authors such as Kipling, Woolf, Faulkner, and Poe. He was a regular contributor to Victoria Ocampo’s journal Sur, and a frequent dinner guest of Silvina Ocampo and Bioy Casares. Over one of their legendary conversations, the three friends came upon the idea of editing the Antología de la Literatura Fantástica, which was published in 1940.

Ian Buruma is the author of The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West (1996), Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (2006), Year Zero: A History of 1945 (2013), and Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War (2014), winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. He is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among other publications. His new book, Their ­Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War, will be published in January 2016.

István Deák is Seth Low Professor Emeritus at Columbia. He is the author, with Jan Gross and Tony Judt, of The Politics of Retribution in Europe: World War II and Its Aftermath.

Amos Elon (1926–2009) was an Israeli journalist. His final book was The Pity of It All: A Portrait of Jews In Germany 1743 – 1933.

P. N. Furbank is the author of nine books, including biographies of Samuel Butler, Italo Svevo, and E.M. Forster.

Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford. He leads the Free Speech Debate project at Oxford ( and is writing a book about free speech.

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.

Alison Lurie is Frederic J. Whiton Professor of American Literature Emerita at Cornell. She is the author of two collections of essays on children’s literature, Don’t Tell the Grownups and Boys and Girls Forever, and the editor of The Oxford Book of Fairy Tales. Her most recent book is The Language of Houses.

James McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton. His books include Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, and, most recently, The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters.

Joyce Carol Oates’s memoir The Lost Landscape is published this October 2015.

M. F. Perutz (1914–2002) was an Austrian molecular biologist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1962. He is the author of Is Science Necessary?, Protein Structure, and I Wish I’d Made You Angry Earlier.

Darryl Pinckney, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of a novel, High Cotton, and, in the Alain Locke Lecture Series, Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. His new novel, Black Deutschland, will be published in February 2016.

John R. Searle is the Slusser Professor of Philosophy at 
the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent book is ­Making the Social World.
 (October 2014)

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.

Michael Wood is the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton. His books include Literature and the Taste of Knowledge and Yeats and Violence