Contents


The Heart of the Country

Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of The Birds of America by William Souder

Audubon’s Elephant: America’s Greatest Naturalist and the Making of The Birds of America by Duff Hart-Davis

The Truth About Shostakovich

A Shostakovich Casebook edited by Malcolm Hamrick Brown

Shostakovich and Stalin: The Extraordinary Relationship Between the Great Composer and the Brutal Dictator by Solomon Volkov, translated from the Russian by Antonina W. Bouis

Mission Impossible?

Colossus: The Price of America’s Empire by Niall Ferguson

The Geographical Pivot of History an article by Halford J. Mackinder

Democratic Ideals and Reality by Halford J. Mackinder

The Prophet

Sweet Land Stories by E.L. Doctorow

Reporting the Universe by E.L. Doctorow

Three Screenplays by E.L. Doctorow, with an introduction, commentaries, and interviews by Paul Levine

Crossing the Red Line

Imagining the Unthinkable: An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for United States National Security a report by Peter Schwartz and Doug Randall

Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress by Carl Pope and Paul Rauber

Bush Versus the Environment by Robert S. Devine

Power to the People: How the Coming Energy Revolution Will Transform an Industry, Change Our Lives, and Maybe Even Save the Planet by Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran

The Hype About Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate by Joseph J. Romm

The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World by Paul Roberts

Feeling the Heat: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Change edited by Jim Motavalli

Boiling Point: How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists, and Activists Have Fueled a Climate Crisis—and What We Can Do to Avert Disaster by Ross Gelbspan

The Heat Is On: The Climate Crisis, the Cover-Up, the Prescription by Ross Gelbspan

Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment by James Gustave Speth

Torture and Truth

Article 15-6 Investigation of the 800th Military Police Brigade(The Taguba Report) by Major General Antonio M. Taguba

Report of the InternationalCommittee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the Treatment by the Coalition Forces of Prisoners of War and Other Protected Persons by the Geneva Conventions in Iraq During Arrest, Internment and Interrogation by Delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross,February 2004

Contributors

Mark Danner is Chancellor’s Professor of English and Journalism at the University of California at ­Berkeley and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard. His forthcoming book is Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War. His writing and other work can be found at markdanner.com.

Elizabeth Drew is a regular contributor to The New York Review. She is the author of several books about money in politics, including Politics and Money: The New Road to Corruption, The Corruption of ­American Politics: What Went Wrong and Why, and Citizen McCain.
 (June 2015)

Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author, among other books, of The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia, A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891–1924, and Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia, and The Crimean War: A History. His latest book is Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag and his next book, Revolutionary Russia, 1891–1991, will be published in April 2014.

Tim Flannery’s most recent book is Among the Islands: Adventures in the Pacific. (July 2015)

Mark Ford’s Selected Poems and a volume of essays, This Dialogue of One, were published last year. He teaches in the English Department at University College London. (May 2015)

Tim Judah is a correspondent for The Economist. For The New York Review he has reported from, among other places, Afghanistan, Serbia, Uganda, and Armenia.

Ken Kalfus’s most recent book is a novel, The Commissariat of Enlightenment. He is also the author of two short story collections, Thirst and Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies.

Paul Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and Director of International Security Studies at Yale, is the author and editor of fifteen books, including The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. His latest book is The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations. (November 2006)

John Leonard writes on books every month for Harper’s and on television every week for New York magazine. (June 2007)

Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, and the author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and of the forthcoming Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist. He is also the founder of 350.org, the global climate campaign that has been actively involved in the fight against natural gas fracking.

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)

Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown. In honor of the 250th ­anniversary of the Stamp Act, his two edited volumes of The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate, 1764–1776 will be published this summer, 2015.