Contents


Living on the Wind

Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival by Carl Safina

Sailing Alone Around the World by Captain Joshua Slocum

Morning in America

Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr.

Let Us Talk of Many Things: The Collected Speeches by William F. Buckley Jr.

Nuremberg: The Reckoning by William F. Buckley Jr.

Laxness the Great

Paradise Reclaimed by Halldór Laxness, translated from the Icelandic by Magnus Magnusson, with an introduction by Jane Smiley

The Fish Can Sing by Halldór Laxness, translated from the Icelandic by Magnus Magnusson

Whose War Is It?

Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime by Eliot A. Cohen

The Art of War: War and Military Thought by Martin van Creveld

Secrets of September 11

The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI by Ronald Kessler

Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill

See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism by Robert Baer

Al-Qaeda: In Search of the Terror Network that Threatens the World by Jane Corbin

The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot, and Why the FBI and CIA Failed to Stop It by John Miller and Michael Stone, with Chris Mitchell

Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror by Rohan Gunaratna

Contributors

Brad Leithauser is a novelist, poet, and essayist. He lives in Massachusetts.

Daniel Mendelsohn is the author of a memoir, The Elusive Embrace; the international best seller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a translation of the works of C. P. Cavafy; and a previous collection of essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken. He teaches at Bard College.

Martin Meyer is literary editor of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and the author of several books, including volumes on Ernst Junger and Thomas Mann. (October 2002)

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 J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. He is the author of China’s Transition, China’s Crisis: Dilemmas of Reform and Prospects for Democracy, and Chinese Democracy, the coauthor of The Great Wall and the Empty Fortress: China’s Search for Security, and the co-editor of The Tiananmen Papers.

Thomas Powers is the author of The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA (1979), Heisenberg’s War: The Secret History of the German Bomb (1993), Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to al-Qaeda (2002; revised and expanded edition, 2004), and The Confirmation (2000), a novel. He won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1971 and has contributed to The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, The Nation, The Atlantic, and Rolling Stone. His latest book, The Killing of Crazy Horse, won the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History. He is currently writing a memoir of his father, who once told him that the last time he met Clare Boothe Luce was in the office of Allen Dulles.


Brian Urquhart is a former Undersecretary-General of the United Nations. His books include Hammarskjöld, A Life in Peace and War, and Ralph Bunche: An American Life. His article in this issue draws on his essay in Tyringham Topics.
 (February 2013)