The Wars of the Texas Succession

American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush by Kevin Phillips

The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind

In No Man’s Land

Judaism and Enlightenment by Adam Sutcliffe

The Languages of Paradise: Aryans and Semites, a Match made in Heaven by Maurice Olender, translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer

Tales of Two Cities

Bliss by Ronit Matalon,translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen

Someone to Run With by David Grossman,translated from the Hebrew by Vered Almog and Maya Gurantz


Paul Krugman is a columnist for The New York Times and Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2008.
 (December 2015)

Michael Massing, a former executive editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, frequently writes about the press.

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)

Roger Shattuck (1923–2005) was an American writer and scholar of French culture. He taught at Harvard, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Virginia, and Boston University, where he was named University Professor. His books includeForbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography.

Henry Siegman is President of the U.S./Middle East Project. He is a non-resident research professor at the Sir Joseph Hotung Middle East Program, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, a former Senior Fellow on the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a former National Director of the American Jewish Congress.

Christopher de Bellaigue was born in London in 1971 and has worked as a journalist in the Middle East and South Asia since 1994. He is the author of Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town. His research for the article in the December 17, 2015 ­issue was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.