Contents


Before the Big Bang

The Whole Shebang: A State-of-the Universe(s) Report by Timothy Ferris

The Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins by Alan H. Guth

Before the Beginning: Our Universe and Others by Martin Rees. (to be published in the US by Addison-Wesley in fall 1997)

The Medicine in Our Future

Health Against Wealth: HMOs and the Breakdown of Medical Trust by George Anders

Beginnings Count: The Technological Imperative in American Health Care by David J. Rothman

Mortal Peril: Our Inalienable Right to Health Care? by Richard A. Epstein

The Road to Nowhere: The Genesis of President Clinton’s Plan for Health Security by Jacob S. Hacker

Boomerang: Clinton’s Health Security Effort and the Turn Against Government in U.S. Politics by Theda Skocpol

The Price of Life: The Future of American Health Care by Robert H. Blank

Market-Driven Health Care: Who Wins, Who Loses in the Transformation of America’s Largest Service Industry by Regina E. Herzlinger

In the Center of the Earthquake

Tangled Loyalties: The Life and Times of Ilya Ehrenburg by Joshua Rubenstein

Les Surprises de la Loubianka: nouvelles découvertes dans les archives littéraires du KGB by Vitaly Shentalinsky, French translation by Galia Ackerman and Pierre Lorrain

America’s First Great Man

The Journal of John Winthrop, 1630-1649 edited by Richard S. Dunn, edited by James Savage, edited by Laetitia Yeandle

The Journal of John Winthrop, 1630-1649 Abridged Edition edited by Richard S. Dunn, edited by Laetitia Yeandle

Maid, Man, and Jew

Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare’s England by Steven Orgel

Shakespeare and the Jews by James Shapiro

Holding Out in Hong Kong

Kowloon Tong by Paul Theroux

Hong Kong Remembers by Sally Blyth and Ian Wotherspoon, Introduction by the Rt. Honorable the Baroness Thatcher

The Fall of Hong Kong: China’s Triumph and Britain’s Betrayal by Mark Roberti

Red Flag over Hong Kong by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and David Newman and Alvin Rabushka

The Hong Kong Advantage by Michael J. Enright and Edith E. Scott and David Dodwell

Contributors

John Banville’s new novel, Mrs. Osmond, will be published in November. (November 2017)

Jeremy Bernstein is a theoretical physicist and the author, most recently, of A Bouquet of Numbers and Other Scientific Offerings, a collection of essays.
 (December 2016).

Ian Buruma has been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1985 and the magazine’s editor since September 2017. From 2003 to 2017 he was professor of human rights, democracy and journalism at Bard College. Buruma was born in 1951 in The Hague, Holland. He was educated at Leyden University, where he studied Chinese literature and history, and at Nihon University College of Arts, in Tokyo, where he studied cinema. Living in Japan from 1975 to 1981, Buruma worked as a film reviewer, photographer, and documentary filmmaker. In the 1980s, Buruma was based in Hong Kong, where he edited the cultural section of the Far Eastern Economic Review, and from where he later travelled all over Asia as a freelance writer. Buruma was a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin in 1991, and a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 1999. He is a fellow of the European Council of Foreign Relations and a board member of Human Rights in China. In 2008, Buruma won the Erasmus Prize for “exceptional contributions to culture society, or social sciences in Europe.” Buruma has written seventeen books, including The Wages of Guilt (1995), Murder in Amsterdam (2006), Year Zero (2013), and Theater of Cruelty (2014). He has won several prizes for his books, including the LA Times Book Prize for Murder in Amsterdam, and PEN-Diamonstein Spielvogel award for the art of the essay for Theater of Cruelty.

James Fenton is a British poet and literary critic. From 1994 until 1999, he was Oxford Professor of Poetry; in 2015 he was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize. He is the author of School of Genius: A History of the Royal Academy of Arts and, most recently, Yellow Tulips: Poems, 1968–2011.
 (October 2017)

Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002) was an American geologist, biologist and historian of science. He taught at Harvard, where he was named Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, and at NYU. His last book was Punctuated Equilibrium.

Andrew Hacker teaches political science and mathematics at Queens College. His new book, The Math Myth and Other STEM ­Delusions, will appear next March.
 (July 2015)

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.

Peter Holland holds the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. He wrote the entry on Shakespeare in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. (December 2004)

Michael Ignatieff is President of Central European University in Budapest. His books include Isaiah Berlin: A Life and The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror.
 (April 2017)

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.

Louis Menand is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard. His books include The Marketplace of Ideas, American Studies and The Metaphysical Club.

Jonathan Mirsky is a historian of China. He was formerly the East Asia Editor of The Times of London and China Correspondent for The Observer.
 (December 2016)

Edmund S. Morgan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. His most recent book is The Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America. (June 2011)

Richard Murphy’s Collected Poems were published in 2001.

David Remnick is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lenin’s Tomb, The Devil Problem and Other True Stories, and Resurrection. He is the editor of The New Yorker.

Steven Weinberg teaches at the University of Texas, Austin. He has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics and the National Medal of Science. His latest book is To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science. His essay in this issue is based on the fourth annual Patrusky Lecture of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, delivered in San Antonio in October 2016. (January 2017)