The Mess in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Bonn Agreement One Year Later: A Catalog of Missed Opportunities by Human Rights Watch

We Want to Live as Humans”: Repression of Women and Girls in Western Afghanistan by Human Rights Watch

All Our Hopes Are Crushed: Violence and Repression in Western Afghanistan by Human Rights Watch

Killing You Is a Very Easy Thing for Us”: Human Rights Abuses in Southeast Afghanistan by Human Rights Watch

Afghanistan: Are We Losing the Peace? by an Independent Task Force cosponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Society

The Situation in Afghanistan and Its Implications for International Peace and Security by Kofi Annan to the General Assembly of the United Nations

Love Letter

SS Proleterka by Fleur Jaeggy, translated from the Italian by Alastair McEwen

The Underworld of Work

The New Ruthless Economy: Work and Power in the Digital Age by Simon Head

Downsizing in America: Reality, Causes, and Consequences by William J. Baumol, Alan S. Blinder, and Edward N. Wolff

Low-Wage America: How Employers Are Reshaping Opportunity in the Workplace edited by Eileen Appelbaum, Annette Bernhardt, and Richard J. Murnane


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.

Richard Murphy’s Collected Poems were published in 2001.

Sherwin B. Nuland is Clinical Professor of Surgery and a Fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale. He is the author of How We Die, which won the National Book Award in 1994, and Lost in America. (December 2005)

Tim Parks, a novelist, essayist, and translator, is Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM University in Milan. He has recently published the novel Sex Is Forbidden and the travel book Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo.

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.

Ahmed Rashid is the author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and several books on Central Asia. (August 2013)

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast and Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. He is the author of the e-book Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beatles and America, Then and Now. (May 2014)