Contents


Gore in the Balance

Inventing Al Gore by Bill Turque

The Prince of Tennessee: The Rise of Al Gore by David Maraniss, by Ellen Nakashima

In Praise of Public Life by Joseph I. Lieberman, with Michael D'Orso

Mr. Bigsky

Godfather of the Kremlin: Boris Berezovsky and the Looting of Russia by Paul Klebnikov

Sale of the Century: Russia’s Wild Ride from Communism to Capitalism by Chrystia Freeland

The Desert Prince

Rudy! An Investigative Biography of Rudolph Giuliani by Wayne Barrett, with Adam Fifield

Rudy Giuliani: Emperor of the City by Andrew Kirtzman

Paroxysms of Choice

Charter Schools in Action: Renewing Public Education by Chester E. Finn Jr., by Bruce V. Manno, by Gregg Vanourek

When Schools Compete: A Cautionary Tale by Edward B. Fiske, by Helen F. Ladd

Inside Charter Schools: The Paradox of Radical Decentralization edited by Bruce Fuller

A Legacy of Learning: Your Stake in Standards and New Kinds of Public Schools by David T. Kearns, by James Harvey. with a foreword by George Bush

The Market Approach to Education: An Analysis of America’s First Voucher Program by John F. Witte

Contributors

Isaiah Berlin (1909–1997) was a political philosopher and historian of ideas. Born in Riga, he moved in 1917 with his family to Petrograd, where he witnessed the Russian Revolution. In 1921 he emigrated to England. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and became a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where he was later appointed Professor of Social and Political Theory. He served as the first president of Wolfson College, Oxford, and as president of the British Academy.

Robert Cottrell has served as a Moscow bureau chief for both The Economist and the Financial Times. (June 2007)

Benjamin M. Friedman is the William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy at Harvard. His most recent book is The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth.
 (November 2013)

Howard Gardner teaches psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His most recent book, with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and William Damon, is Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet. (April 2002)

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. Her books include Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce. Her new book, Flyover Lives, was published in January 2014.

Daniel Mendelsohn, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author, most recently, of Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture. He teaches at Bard.


Pankaj Mishra lives in London and India. He is the author of The Romantics, winner of the Los Angeles Times’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and The Guardian. Mishra’s recent books include Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond and From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia.

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)

Lars-Erik Nelson (1941-2000) was the Washington columnist for the New York Daily News, and a frequent contributor to the Review.

Joyce Carol Oates is currently Visiting Professor in the Graduate Writing Program at NYU. Her most recent novel is Carthage.

Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. He has published some twenty collections of poetry, six books of essays, a memoir, and numerous translations. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Simic’s recent works include Voice at 3 a.m., a selection of later and new poems; Master of Disguises, new poems; and Confessions of a Poet Laureate, a collection of short essays that was published by New York Review Books as an e-book original. In 2007 Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. His New and Selected Poems: 1962–2012 was published in March 2013. His article in this issue, August 14, 2014, was delivered as a talk at the Manggha Museum of ­Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków earlier this year, when he was presented with the Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award.


Tom Stoppard’s most recent play, The Invention of Love, will have its first American productions in January at the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, and in February at the Wilma Theater, Philadelphia. (September 1999)

James Traub is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. He is currently writing a book about Times Square. (February 2002)

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.

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.