The Songs of the Kings by Barry Unsworth
Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power by Niall Ferguson
American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of US Diplomacy by Andrew J. Bacevich
Rogue Nation: American Unilateralism and the Failure of Good Intentions by Clyde Prestowitz
The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People by Jonathan Schell
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges
Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind by David Quammen
The Archaeology of Nostalgia: How the Greeks Re-created Their Mythical Past by John Boardman
The Parthenon by Mary Beard
Pathfinder: John Charles Frémont and the Course of American Empire by Tom Chaffin
Italy and Its Discontents: Family, Civil Society, State, 1980-2001 by Paul Ginsborg
“The Patrimonial Ambitions of Silvio B” by Paul Ginsborg
The Dark Heart of Italy: Travels Through Time and Space Across Italy by Tobias Jones
The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley by Alanna Nash
Elvis Presley by Bobbie Ann Mason
The Prophets: Who They Were, What They Are by Norman Podhoretz
Memoirs of the Comtesse de Boigne edited and with an introduction by Anka Muhlstein, and an afterword by Olivier Bernier
The Human Web: A Bird’s-Eye View of World History by J.R. McNeill and William H. McNeill
Selected Poems, 1957-1994 by Ted Hughes
The Vietnamese War: Revolution and Social Change in the Mekong Delta, 1930-1975 by David W.P. Elliott
Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg
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)
Tim Flannery is Panasonic Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Macquarie University in Sydney. His book Among the Islands: Adventures in the Pacific will be published this month. (November 2012)
Garry Wills is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern. His study of Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. His latest book, Why Priests? A Failed Tradition, was published in February 2013.
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.
Avishai Margalit is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the winner of the 2012 Philosophical Book Award (Hannover) for his most recent book, On Compromise and Rotten Compromises.
Sean O’Brien is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and is Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. His most recent publications are Cousin Coat: Selected Poems 1976–2001 and his verse version of Aristophanes’ The Birds, which was staged in 2002 at the National Theatre in London. (October 2003)
Aileen Kelly is a fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. Her books include Toward Another Shore: Russian Thinkers Between Necessity and Chance and Views from the Other Shore: Essays on Herzen, Chekhov, and Bakhtin.