World Order & Mr. Bush

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

Italy: The Family Business

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

Hustling Elvis

The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley by Alanna Nash

Elvis Presley by Bobbie Ann Mason

What Adèle Knew

Memoirs of the Comtesse de Boigne edited and with an introduction by Anka Muhlstein, and an afterword by Olivier Bernier

Wartime Lies

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


Avishai Margalit is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the winner of the 2012 Ernst Bloch Prize in philosophy.

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.

Jonathan Mirsky is a historian of China and was formerly the East Asia Editor of The Times of London. (October 2015)

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)

Jonathan Spence is Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. Among his books are The Death of Woman Wang, Treason by the Book, The Question of Hu, and The Search for Modern China.

Alexander Stille is San Paolo Professor of International Journalism at Columbia. His most recent book is a memoir, The Force of Things: A Marriage in War in Peace. (April 2015)

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)

Garry Wills is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern. He is the author, most recently, of The Future of the Catholic Church with 
Pope Francis.