Babylon on the Subway

The Devil’s Playground: A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square by James Traub

Ghosts of 42nd Street: A History of America’s Most Infamous Block by Anthony Bianco

Patriot Games

Who Are We?: The Challenges to America’s National Identity by Samuel P. Huntington

Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America by Robert B. Reich

On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense by David Brooks

The Two Americas: Our Current Political Deadlock and How to Break It by Stanley B. Greenberg

The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler

Heart of Darkness

The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art by Joyce Carol Oates

Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates

I’ll Take You There by Joyce Carol Oates

The Tattooed Girl by Joyce Carol Oates

I Am No One You Know by Joyce Carol Oates

It Happened One Night

A Sentimental Murder: Love and Madness in the Eighteenth Century by John Brewer

The Return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang

The Nanjing Massacre: A Japanese Journalist Confronts Japan’s National Shame by Katsuichi Honda, edited by Frank Gibney

Nanking: Anatomy of an Atrocity by Masahiro Yamamoto

The Nanjing Massacre in History and Historiography edited by Joshua A. Fogel

Martyred Village: Commemorating the 1944 Massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane by Sarah Farmer

The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brassillach by Alice Kaplan

Bloody Saturday in the Soviet Union: Novocherkassk, 1962 by Samuel H. Baron

An Absolute Massacre: The New Orleans Race Riot of July 30, 1866 by James G. Hollandsworth Jr

An Ordinary Atrocity: Sharpeville and Its Massacre by Philip Frankel

Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland by Jan T. Gross

Testing the New Deal: The General Textile Strike of 1934in the American South by Janet Irons

Contesting the New South Order: The 1914–1915 Strike at Atlanta’s Fulton Mills by Clifford M. Kuhn

The Meetinghouse Tragedy: An Episode in the Life of a New England Town by Charles E. Clark

The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction by Linda Gordon

A Poisoned Chalice by Jeffrey Freedman

The Rule of Justice: The People of Chicago versus Zephyr Davis by Elizabeth Dale

The Politics of Court Scandal in Early Modern England: News, Culture and the Overbury Affair, 1603–1660 by Alastair Bellany

The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd: Forgery and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century London by Donna T. Andrew and Randall McGowen

Walk Towards the Gallows: The Tragedy of Hilda Blake, Hanged 1899 by Reinhold Kramer and Tom Mitchell

Trials of Intimacy: Love and Loss in the Beecher-Tilton Scandal by Richard Wightman Fox


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

Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard. His latest book is 
Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature.

Thomas R. Edwards (1928–2005) was Professor of English at Rutgers and editor of Raritan. His last book was Over Here: Criticizing America.

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

Andrew Hacker teaches political science and mathematics at Queens College. His new book, The Math Myth and Other STEM ­Delusions, will appear next March.
 (July 2015)

Ian Hacking teaches philosophy at the University of Toronto. From 2000 to 2006 Hacking held the chair of Philosophy and History of Scientific Concepts at the Collège de France. His most recent book is Historical Ontology.

Joseph Kerman is emeritus professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley. He began writing music criticism for The Hudson Review in the 1950s, and is a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books and many other journals. His books include Opera as Drama (1956; new and revised edition 1988), The Beethoven Quartets (1967), Contemplating Music (1986), Concerto Conversations (1999), and The Art of Fugue (2005).

Nicholas D. Kristof is a columnist for The New York Times and the coauthor, with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, forthcoming in September.

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 book is The Language of Houses.

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

Daniel Mendelsohn was born in 1960 and studied classics at the University of Virginia and at Princeton, where he received his doctorate. His essays and reviews appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review. His books include The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a memoir, The Elusive Embrace; and the collection Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture, published by New York Review Books. He teaches at Bard College.

Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2007 Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. The Lunatic, his new ­volume of poetry, and The Life of Images, a book of his selected prose, were published in April.

Mike Wallace is coauthor of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, author of A New Deal for New York, Distinguished Professor at John Jay College (CUNY), and Director of the Gotham Center for New York City History. He is working on Gotham II. (February 2005)

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.

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.