The Good, the Bad & the Bourgeois

Thinking With History: Explorations in the Passage to Modernism by Carl E. Schorske

Pleasure Wars: The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud by Peter Gay

My German Question: Growing Up in Nazi Berlin by Peter Gay

Democratic Vistas?

China’s Transition by Andrew J. Nathan

Democratization in China and Taiwan: The Adaptability of Leninist Parties by Bruce J. Dickson

The Political Economy of Corruption in China by Julia Kwong

Beyond Beijing: Liberalization and the Regions in China by Dali L. Yang

How Odd of God

Jews: The Essence and Character of a People by Arthur Hertzberg and Aron Hirt-Manheimer

Portrait of American Jews: The Last Half of the Twentieth Century by Samuel C. Heilman

The Vanishing American Jew: In Search of Jewish Identity for the Next Century Schuster. by Alan M. Dershowitz

Swing King

Benny Goodman: The Complete RCA Victor Small Group Recordings

Charlie Christian

The Complete Capitol Small Group Recordings of Benny Goodman, 1944-1955


Whitney Balliett’s most recent book is Collected Works: A Journal of Jazz, 1954—2001 (August 2003).

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.

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.

Gordon A. Craig (1913–2005) was a Scottish-American historian of Germany. He taught at both Princeton and Stanford, where he was named the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1979.

Thomas R. Edwards (1928–2005) was Professor of English at Rutgers and editor of Raritan. His last book was Over Here: Criticizing America.

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.

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.

Henry Kamm was senior foreign correspondent for The New York Times for many years and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1978 for his reporting from Indochina. His new book, Cambodia: Report from a Stricken Land, from which the article in this issue was drawn, has just been published. (August 1998)