Contents


A Wistful Master

Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages October 3, 1999-January 9, 2000; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 10-May 14, 2000. Yale University Press) an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.,, Catalog of the exhibition by Julien Chapuis

Nearly a Coup

A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President by Jeffrey Toobin

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton by Joe Conason, by Gene Lyons

The Threat of Biological Weapons

Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World—Told from Inside by the Man Who Ran It by Ken Alibek, with Stephen Handelman

Auden’s Enchantment

Later Auden by Edward Mendelson

The Dyer’s Hand by W.H. Auden

The English Auden: Poems, Essays, and Dramatic Writings, 1927-1939 by W.H. Auden, edited by Edward Mendelson

W.H. Auden: A Commentary by John Fuller

Prose and Travel Books in Prose and Verse, 1926-1938 by W.H. Auden, edited by Edward Mendelson

The Table Talk of W.H. Auden by Alan Ansen, edited by Nicholas Jenkins

An Affair of Honor

Alexander Hamilton, American by Richard Brookhiser

Republican Empire: Alexander Hamilton on War and Free Government by Karl-Friedrich Walling

A Fatal Friendship: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr by Arnold A. Rogow

Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Future of America by Thomas Fleming

Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson: A Study in Character by Roger G. Kennedy

Scandalmonger by William Safire

The Art of the Cool

Hans Holbein: Portrait of an Unknown Man by Derek Wilson

Hans Holbein by Oskar Bätschmann, by Pascal Griener

Holbein’s Ambassadors Press) by Susan Foister, by Ashok Roy, by Martin Wyld

Contributors

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. As Benjamin Black he has written six crime novels, including Vengeance.

Andrew Delbanco is Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia. He is working on a book about the United States in the 1850s.
 (March 2014)

Jared Diamond, Professor of Geography and Physiology at UCLA, is the author most recently of Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. (June 2012)

James Fenton is a British poet and literary critic. From 1994 until 1999, Fenton was Oxford Professor of Poetry; in 2007 he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

David J. Garrow is the Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory University Law School and the author of Bearing the Cross, which won a 1987 Pulitzer Prize. (April 2000)

Alma Guillermoprieto often writes on Latin America in these pages. She lives in Mexico City. (November 2012)

Kenneth Koch (1925–2002) was Professor of English at Columbia. During his lifetime, Koch published at least thirty volumes of poetry and plays. He was also the author of a novel, The Red Robins; two books on teaching poetry writing to children, Wishes, Lies, and Dreams and Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?; and I Never Told Anybody: Teaching Poetry Writing in a Nursing Home.

Anthony Lewis, a former columnist for The New York Times, has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment.

Jonathan Mirsky is a historian of China and was formerly the East Asia Editor of The Times of London.
 (July 2014)

Lorrie Moore is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University and the author of the story collections Birds of America, Like Life, and Self-Help and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Anagrams. Her new collection of stories, Bark, will be published at the end of February 2014.

Andrew O’Hagan’s latest book, The Atlantic Ocean: Reports from Britain and America, was published in the United States in January.
 (May 2013)

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 frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of a novel, High Cotton, and Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. He lives in New York City.

Willibald Sauerländer is a former Director of the Central Institute for Art History in Munich. His latest book is Manet malt Monet: Ein Sommer in Argenteuil. (June 2013)

George Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC and the Open Society Foundations. (April 2014)

Tatyana Tolstaya was born in Leningrad in 1951 to an aristocratic family that includes the writers Leo and Alexei Tolstoy. After completing a degree in classics at Leningrad State University, Tolstaya worked for several years at a Moscow publishing house. In the mid-1980s, she began publishing short stories in literary magazines and her first story collection established her as one of the foremost writers of the Gorbachev era. She spent much of the late Eighties and Nineties living in the United States and teaching at several universities. Known for her acerbic essays on contemporary Russian life, Tolstaya has also been the co-host of the Russian cultural interview television program School for Scandal. Both her novel, The Slynx and her collection of stories, White Walls, are published by NYRB Classics.

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.

Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown. His latest book is The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States.