Contents


Excelsior!

Hillary’s Turn: Inside Her Improbable, Victorious Senate Campaign Michael Tomasky

Southern Comfort

The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History edited by Gary W. Gallagher and Alan T. Nolan

Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War Charles B. Dew

The Slave Power: The Free North and Southern Domination, 1780–1860 Leonard L. Richards

Time of Indifference

Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health Laurie Garrett

Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor edited by Jim Yong Kim, Joyce V. Millen, Alec Irwin, and John Gershman

Poverty, Inequality, and Health edited by David A. Leon and Gill Walt

The Big College Try

Intercollegiate Athletics and the American University: A University President’s Perspective James J. Duderstadt

Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports Is Crippling Undergraduate Education Murray Sperber

The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values James L. Shulman and William G. Bowen

Tracking the Untrackable

Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer Richard Holmes

Literary Lives: Biography and the Search for Understanding David Ellis

Reflections on Biography Paula R. Backscheider

The X-Files

The “Jewish Threat”: Anti-Semitic Politics of the US Army Joseph W. Bendersky

Communazis”: FBI Surveillance of German Emigré Writers Alexander Stephan

Shadows on the Danube

The Struggle for a Democratic Austria: Bruno Kreisky on Peace and Social Justice edited by Matthew Paul Berg, in collaboration with Jill Lewis and Oliver Rathkolb; translated from the German by Helen Atkins and Matthew Paul Berg; with a preface by John Kenneth Galbraith

Haider: Licht und Schatten einer Karriere [Light and Shadows of a Career] Christa Zöchling

Contributors

Al Alvarez is the author of Risky Business, a selection of essays, many of which first appeared in The New York Review of Books.

Gabriele Annan is a book and film critic living in London. (March 2006)

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.

Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian at Harvard. 
His forthcoming book is Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature.

Helen Epstein is a writer specializing in public health and an adjunct professor at Bard College. She has advised numerous organizations, including the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Human Rights Watch, and UNICEF. She is the author of The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa and has contributed articles to many publications, including The New York Review of Books and The New York Times Magazine.

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 Gilmour’s books include The Last Leopard: A Life of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and The Pursuit of Italy: A 
History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples.
 (March 2014)

Andrew Hacker teaches political science and mathematics 
at Queens College. His new book, The Math Myth, will appear in the spring. (October 2014)

Anthony Hecht’sCollected Later Poems and Melodies Unheard: Essays on the Mysteries of Poetry were published in 2003. He died on October 20. (December 2004)

Frank Kermode (1919–2010) was a British critic and literary theorist. Born on the Isle of Man, he taught at University College London, Cambridge, Columbia and Harvard. Adapted from a series of lectures given at Bryn Mawr College, Kermode’s Sense of An Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction remains one of the most influential works of twentieth-century literary criticism.

Hermione Lee is President of Wolfson College, Oxford, and the author of biographies of Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton. Her biography of Penelope Fitzgerald will be published later in 2014.
 (May 2014)

J. S. Marcus’s most recent novel is The Captain’s Fire. He is currently a fellow at the Santa Maddalena Foundation, near Florence. (April 2001)

Larry McMurtry lives in Archer City, Texas. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove (winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), Folly and Gloryand Rhino Ranch. His nonfiction works include a biography of Crazy Horse, Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen, Paradise, Sacagawea’s Nickname: Essays on the American West and, most recently, Custer.

James McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton. His books include Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, and, most recently, War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861–1865.


W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in Union City, New Jersey, and in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From 1949 to 1951 he worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca. He has since lived in many parts of the world, most recently on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. He is the author of many books of poems, prose, and translations and has received both the Pulitzer and the Bollingen Prizes for poetry, among numerous other awards. His new poetry collection is The Moon Before Morning.

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.

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