The Would-Be Progressives

They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era by E.J. Dionne Jr.

In Defense of Government: The Fall and Rise of Public Trust by Jacob Weisberg

Left for Dead: The Life, Death, and Possible Resurrection of Progressive Politics in America by Michael Tomasky

Values Matter Most: How Republicans or Democrats or a Third Party Can Win and Renew the American Way of Life by Ben J. Wattenberg

The New Promise of American Life edited by Lamar Alexander, edited by Chester E. Finn Jr.

Goodbye to Affirmative Action?

The Ironies of Affirmative Action: Politics, Culture, and Justice in America by John David Skrentny

Ending Affirmative Action: The Case for Colorblind Justice by Terry Eastland

In Defense of Affirmative Action by Barbara R. Bergmann

Divided by Color: Racial Politics and Democratic Ideals by Donald R. Kinder, by Lynn M. Sanders

The Future of the Race by Henry Louis Gates Jr., by Cornel West

How To Win the Tobacco War

Ashes to Ashes: America’s Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris by Richard Kluger

The Cigarette Papers by Stanton A. Glantz, by John Slade, by Lisa A. Bero, by Peter Hanauer, by Deborah E. Barnes

Smokescreen: The Truth Behind the Tobacco Industry Cover-up by Philip J. Hilts

Some Versions of Pastoral

Dream Reaper: The Story of an Old-fashioned Inventor in the High-Tech, High-Stakes World of Modern Agriculture by Craig Canine

Fields Without Dreams: Defending the Agrarian Idea by Victor Davis Hanson

Another Turn of the Crank by Wendell Berry

The Stork and the Plow: The Equity Answer to the Human Dilemma by Paul R. Ehrlich, by Anne H. Ehrlich, by Gretchen C. Daily

Stalin and the Jews

Out of the Red Shadows: Anti-Semitism in Stalin’s Russia by Gennadi Kostyrchenko

Nepravedniy Sud: Posledniy Stalinskiy Rasstrel (The Unjust Trial: Stalin’s Last Execution) edited by V.P. Naumov

The Bones of Berdichev: The Life and Fate of Vasily Grossman by John Garrard, by Carol Garrard

Mrs. Eddy Builds Her Empire

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy

With Bleeding Footsteps’: Mary Baker Eddy’s Path to Religious Leadership by Robert David Thomas

Christian Science by Mark Twain

The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy & the History of Christian Science by Willa Cather, by Georgine Milmine


Tony Judt (1948–2010) was the founder and director of the Remarque Institute at NYU and the author of Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Ill Fares the Land, and The Burden of Responsibility: Blum, Camus, Aron, and the French Twentieth Century, among other books.

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.

Jeff Madrick is the director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Re­discovering Government Initiative at the Century Foundation and editor of Challenge Magazine. His new book is Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Damaged America and the World.

Michael Massing, a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, writes frequently on the press and foreign affairs.

Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, and the author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and of the forthcoming Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist. He is also the founder of, the global climate campaign that has been actively involved in the fight against natural gas fracking.

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 Weightman (1915–2004) was a critic and literary scholar. After working as a translator and announcer for the BBC French service, Weightman turned to the study of French literature. He taught at King’s College London and the University of London. His books include The Concept of the Avant-Gardeand The Cat Sat on the Mat: Language and the Absurd.

Garry Wills holds the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture at Emory.