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


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.

Jeremy Bernstein’s books include Plutonium: A History of the World’s Most Dangerous Element , Nuclear Weapons: What You Need to Know and A Palette of Particles.
 His latest book is Nuclear Iran (October, 2014).

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.

James Fenton is a British poet and literary critic. From 1994 until 1999, Fenton was Oxford Professor of Poetry; in 2015 he was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize. His latest book is Yellow Tulips: Poems, 1968–2011.

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)