The Letters of Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov edited by Robert J. Bertholf and Albert Gelpi
William Nicholson by Sanford Schwartz
Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended by Jack F. Matlock Jr.
Checkpoint by Nicholson Baker
The Cross and the Crescent: Christianity and Islam from Muhammad to the Reformation by Richard Fletcher
From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East by Bernard Lewis
In the Lands of the Christians: Arab Travel Writing in the Seventeenth Century edited and translated by Nabil Matar
Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery by Nabil Matar
Islam in Britain, 1558–1685 by Nabil Matar
Holland Mania: The Unknown Dutch Period in American Art and Culture by Annette Stott
The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto
America’s Inadvertent Empire by William E. Odom and Robert Dujarric
The Imperial Tense: Prospects and Problems of American Empire edited by Andrew J. Bacevich
Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East by Rashid Khalidi
The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge
Empire by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
Multitude by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
The New Imperialism by David Harvey
Fear: The History of a Political Idea by Corey Robin
A New World Order by Anne-Marie Slaughter
The Cruise of the Vanadis by Edith Wharton, with photographs by Jonas Dovydenas
Mendelssohn: A Life in Music by R. Larry Todd
A Portrait of Mendelssohn by Clive Brown
Rivers of Gold: The Rise of the Spanish Empire, from Columbus to Magellan by Hugh Thomas
Romans in a New World: Classical Models in Sixteenth-Century Spanish America by David A. Lupher
Juan de Ovando: Governing the Spanish Empirein the Reign of Philip II by Stafford Poole
Apogee of Empire: Spain and New Spain in the Age of Charles III, 1759–1789 by Stanley J. Stein and Barbara H. Stein
Spain in the Age of Exploration, 1492–1819 Catalog of the exhibition edited by Chiyo Ishikawa
The Dreamers a film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
The Dreamers by Gilbert Adair
Afterglow: A Last Conversation with Pauline Kael by Frances Davis
Godard: Portrait of the Artist at Seventy by Colin MacCabe
The Modern Prince: What Leaders Need to Know Now by Carnes Lord
Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire by Anne Norton
Ian Buruma is the Henry R. Luce Professor at Bard. His books include Murderer in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents, and the novel The China Lover. His book Year Zero: A History of 1945 will be published in September 2013.
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)
Garry Wills is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern. His study of Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. His latest book, Why Priests? A Failed Tradition, was published in February 2013.
Ronald Dworkin (1931–2013) was Professor of Philosophy and Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at NYU. His books include Is Democracy Possible Here?, Justice in Robes, Freedom’s Law, and Justice for Hedgehogs. He was the 2007 winner of the Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize for “his pioneering scholarly work” of “worldwide impact” and he was recently awarded the Balzan Prize for his “fundamental contributions to Jurisprudence.”
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.
Steven Weinberg holds the Josey Regental Chair in Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics and the National Medal of Science. His latest book for general readers is Lake Views: This World and the Universe.
Mark Danner is the author, most recently, of Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War. He is Chancellor’s Professor of English, Journalism and Politics at the University of California at Berkeley and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs, Politics and the Humanities at Bard College and is currently teaching at Al Quds University in East Jerusalem. His book Torture and the Forever War will be published in the spring of 2013. His writing and other work can be found at markdanner.com.
Norman Mailer (1923-2007) was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 1955 he co-founded The Village Voice. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner’s Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot’s Ghost; Oswald’s Tale; The Gospel According to the Son; and The Castle in the Forest.
Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. He has published some twenty collections of poetry, six books of essays, a memoir, and numerous translations. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Simic’s recent works include Voice at 3 a.m., a selection of later and new poems; Master of Disguises, new poems; and Confessions of a Poet Laureate, a collection of short essays that was published by New York Review Books as an e-book original. In 2007 Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. His New and Selected Poems: 1962–2012 was published in March 2013.
Richard Dorment is the art critic of the Daily Telegraph. Among the exhibitions he has organized is “James McNeill Whistler,” seen at the Tate Gallery, London, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (June 2013)
William Dalrymple was the curator of “Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi 1707–1857,” an exhibition for the Asia Society in New York in 2012. His new book, Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839–42, is published this month. (June 2013)
Tony Judt (1948–2010) was the founder and director of the Remarque Institute at NYU and the author of Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Ill Fares the Land, and The Burden of Responsibility: Blum, Camus, Aron, and the French Twentieth Century, among other books.
Hermione Lee is President of Wolfson College, Oxford, and the author of biographies of Willa Cather, Virginia Woolf, and Edith Wharton. Her biography of Penelope Fitzgerald will be published later this year. (July 2013)
Lewis Lockwood is Fanny Peabody Research Professor of Music at Harvard. He is the author of Beethoven: The Music and the Life and, most recently, co-editor with Mark Kroll of The Beethoven Violin Sonatas: History, Criticism, Performance. (November 2004)
Mark Lilla is Professor of the Humanities at Columbia and author of The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics. His article in the April 25, 2013 issue will appear as the introduction to Against the Current by Isaiah Berlin, to be published in a new edition by Princeton University Press in May 2013.
Tim Parks, a novelist, essayist, and translator, is Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM University in Milan. His books include Teach Us to Sit Still: A Skeptic’s Search for Health and Healing and The Server.
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.