The Enforcer

Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential by James Moore and Wayne Slater

Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush by Lou Dubose, Jan Reid,and Carl M. Cannon

Anti-Americans Abroad

L’Ennemi américain: Généalogie de l’antiaméricanisme français by Philippe Roger

11 septembre 2001: L’Effroyable Imposture (9/11: The Big Lie) by Thierry Meyssan

Pourquoi le monde déteste-t-il l’Amérique? (Why Do People Hate America?) by Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies

Le Livre noir des États-Unis by Peter Scowen

Dangereuse Amérique: Chronique d’une guerre annoncée by Noël Mamère and Patrick Farbiaz

Après l’empire: Essai sur la décomposition du système américain by Emmanuel Todd

L’Obsession anti-américaine:Son fonctionnement, ses causes, ses inconséquences by Jean-François Revel

L’Homme Nikita

Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman

Conversations with Gorbachev: On Perestroika, the Prague Spring, and the Crossroads of Socialism by Mikhail Gorbachev and Zdenek Mlynár, translated from the Russian by George Shriver, with a foreword by Archie Brown

A Century of Violence in Soviet Russia by Alexander N. Yakovlev,translated from the Russian by Anthony Austin, with a foreword by Paul Hollander

Science and Simplicity

Making Sense of Life: Explaining Biological Development with Models, Metaphors, and Machines by Evelyn Fox Keller

Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox

Watson and DNA: Making a Scientific Revolution by Victor K. McElheny

DNA: The Secret of Life by James D. Watson, with Andrew Berry

That Old Black Magic

Cicero on the Emotions: Tusculan Disputations 3 and 4 translated from the Latin and with commentary by Margaret Graver

Greek and Roman Necromancy by Daniel Ogden


Ian Buruma is the author of The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West (1996), Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (2006), Year Zero: A History of 1945 (2013), and Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War (2014), winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. He is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among other publications. His new book, Their ­Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War, will be published in January 2016.

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

Elizabeth Drew is a regular contributor to The New York Review and the author, most recently, of Washington Journal: 
Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall.
 (November 2015)

Jason Epstein, former Editorial Director at Random House, was a founder of The New York Review and of the Library of America. He is the author of Eating: A Memoir. (Dectember 2013)

Jasper Griffin is Emeritus Professor of Classical Literature and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. His books include Homer on Life and Death.

Tim Judah is a correspondent for The Economist. For The New York Review he has reported from, among other places, Afghanistan, Serbia, Uganda, and Armenia.

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.

Richard C. Lewontin is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Biology at Harvard University. He is the author of The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change and Biology as Ideology, and the co-author of The Dialectical Biologist (with Richard Levins) and Not in Our Genes (with Steven Rose and Leon Kamin).

Joyce Carol Oates’s memoir The Lost Landscape is published this October 2015.

H. Allen Orr is University Professor and Shirley Cox ­Kearns Professor of Biology at the University of Rochester. He is the 
author, with Jerry A. Coyne, of Speciation.

 (March 2015)

Tim Parks is Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM University in Milan. He is the author, most recently, of Painting Death and The Novel: A Survival Skill.

Cathleen Schine is the author of several novels, including Rameau’s Niece, The Love Letter, She is Me, The New Yorkers, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Her new novel, They May Not Mean To, But They Do, will be published in June 2016. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.

Sanford Schwartz is the author of Christen Købke and William Nicholson. (June 2015)

Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2007 Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. The Lunatic, his new ­volume of poetry, and The Life of Images, a book of his selected prose, were published in April.

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast and the Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. (November 2015)