Contents


On War

Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War by Evan Wright

The Fall of Baghdad by Jon Lee Anderson

The Magician

Raphael: From Urbino to Rome Catalog of the exhibition by Hugh Chapman, Tom Henry, and Carol Plazzota, with contributions from Arnold Nesselrath and Nicholas Penny

The Royal Family

The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff

The Travels of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff

Babar the King by Jean de Brunhoff

Babar and Zephir by Jean de Brunhoff

Babar’s Picnic by Laurent de Brunhoff

Babar’s Visit to Bird Island by Laurent de Brunhoff

Babar Comes to America by Laurent de Brunhoff

Babar Loses His Crown by Laurent de Brunhoff

Babar Visits Another Planet by Laurent de Brunhoff

Babar and the Wully-Wully by Laurent de Brunhoff

Babar’s Mystery by Laurent de Brunhoff

Babar and the Ghost by Laurent de Brunhoff

Babar’s Little Girl Makes a Friend by Laurent de Brunhoff

Babar’s Battle by Laurent de Brunhoff

The Rescue of Babar by Laurent de Brunhoff

Babar’s Museum of Art by Laurent de Brunhoff

Bonhomme by Laurent de Brunhoff

Animal Land: The Creatures of Children’s Fiction by Margaret Blount

The Empire’s Old Clothes: What the Lone Ranger, Babar, and Other Innocent Heroes Do to Our Minds by Ariel Dorfman

The Art of Babar by Nicholas Fox Weber

Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff: The Legacy of Babar by Ann Meinzen Hildebrand

Should We Burn Babar? Essays on Children’s Literature and the Power of Stories by Herbert Kohl

Subversive Activities

Angels on the Head of a Pin by Yuri Druzhnikov, translated from the Russian by Thomas Moore

Ice (Lyod) by Vladimir Sorokin

The Dialectics of the Transition Period from Nowhere to Nothing (Dialektika Perehodnogo Perioda iz Niotkuda v Nikuda) by Viktor Pelevin

A Double Bind

The Jews of Britain, 1656 to 2000 by Todd M. Endelman

A Double Thread: Growing Up English and Jewish in London by John Gross

Inside the Leviathan

Wal-Mart: Template for 21st Century Capitalism? edited by Nelson Lichtenstein

US Productivity Growth, 1995–2000, Section VI: Retail Trade a report by the McKinsey Global Institute

Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart by Liza Featherstone

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

Betty Dukes, Patricia Surgeson, Cleo Page et al., Plaintiff, vs. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Defendant: Declarations in Support of Plaintiffs

Everyday Low Wages: The Hidden Price We All Pay for Wal-Mart a report by the Democratic Staff of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce

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.

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1945. He is the author of many novels, including The Book of Evidence, The Untouchable, Eclipse, The Sea (winner of the Man Booker Prize), and Ancient Light. As Benjamin Black he has written six crime novels, including Vengeance.

Constantine Cavafy was born in Alexandria in 1863 and died there in 1933. He wrote most of his poems while employed in the Third Circle of Irrigation of the Ministry of Public Works. (June 2005)

Amos Elon (1926–2009) was an Israeli journalist. His final book was The Pity of It All: A Portrait of Jews In Germany 1743 – 1933.

Caroline Fraser ‘s most recent book, Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution, was published in December. (May 2010)

Keith Gessen is a founding editor of n+1 and the editor and cotranslator of Kirill Medvedev’s It’s No Good.


Simon Head is an Associate Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford and a Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. His most recent book is The New Ruthless Economy: Work and Power in the Digital Age. (January 2011)

Chris Hedges a reporter for The New York Times, was a war correspondent for nearly two decades in Central America, Africa, the Middle East, and the Balkans. He is the author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. His new book, Losing Moses on the Freeway: America’s Broken Covenant with the Ten Commandments, will be published in June 2005. (December 2004)

Peter Holland holds the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. He wrote the entry on Shakespeare in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. (December 2004)

Pico Iyer is a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is the author of several books, including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, and The Global Soul. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and other publications and his most recent book is The Man Within My Head.

Alison Lurie is Frederic J. Whiton Professor of American Literature Emerita at Cornell. She is the author of two collections of essays on children’s literature, Don’t Tell the Grownups and Boys and Girls Forever, and the editor of The Oxford Book of Fairy Tales. Her most recent novel is Truth and Consequences.


Fiona Maccarthy is the author of biographies of Eric Gill, William Morris, and Lord Byron. Her most recent book, The Last Pre-Raphaelite: Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination, was published last year. (April 2013)

Michael Massing, a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, writes frequently on the press and foreign affairs.

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.


Daniel Mendelsohn, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author, most recently, of Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture. He teaches at Bard.


Geoffrey O’Brien is Editor in Chief of the Library of America. His most recent book is Stolen Glimpses, Captive ­Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002–2012.


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.


Ingrid D. Rowland is a professor, based in Rome, at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, she is the author of The Culture of the High Renaissance: Ancients and Moderns in Sixteenth-Century Rome and The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery. She has also published a translation of Vitruvius’ Ten Books of Architecture and a history of Villa Taverna, the US ambassador’s residence in Rome. Her new book is From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town.