Contents


The Homer of Painting

Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens Catalog of the exhibition by Peter C. Sutton and Marjorie E. Wieseman with Nico van Hout

Peter Paul Rubens: The Drawings Catalog of the exhibition by Anne-Marie Logan, with Michiel C. Plomp

The Breaking of the Mau Mau

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins

Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire by David Anderson

Welcome to New Dork

Men and Cartoons by Jonathan Lethem

The Disappointment Artist by Jonathan Lethem

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

The Illusionist

Mussolini: A New Life by Nicholas Farrell

Mussolini by R.J.B. Bosworth

On the Fiery March: Mussolini Prepares for War by G. Bruce Strang

India: The War Over History

Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India by James W. Laine

Ganesha: Lord of Obstacles, Lord of Beginnings by Paul Courtright

Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300 by Romila Thapar

Beyond Nationalist Frames: Postmodernism, Hindu Fundamentalism, History by Sumit Sarkar

A History of India, Volume 2 by Percival Spear

Beyond Turk and Hindu: Rethinking Religious Identities in Islamicate South Asia edited by David Gilmartin and Bruce B. Lawrence

The Myth of the Holy Cow by Dwijendra Narayan Jha

History in the New NCERT Textbooks: A Report and Index of Errors by Irfan Habib, Suvira Jaiswal, and Aditya Mukherjee

The Indians’ Own Story

A Forest of Time: American Indian Ways of History by Peter Nabokov

Restoring a Presence: American Indians and Yellowstone National Park by Peter Nabokov and Lawrence Loendorf

Silver Horn: Master Illustrator of the Kiowas by Candace S. Greene, with a foreword by Donald Tofpi

For All to See: The Little Bighorn Battle in Plains Indian Art by Sandra L. Brizée-Bowen

The Flawed Report on Dan Rather

Report of the Independent Review Panel on the September 8, 2004 60 Minutes Wednesday Segment “For the Record” Concerning President Bush’s Texas Air National Guard Service by Dick Thornburgh and Louis D. Boccardi

Contributors

Neal Ascherson is the author of The Struggles for Poland, The Black Sea, and Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.


Margaret Atwood is the author of The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, and The Blind Assassin, among other novels. Her new novel, MaddAddam, was published in September. (November 2013)

John Brewerteaches in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division at the California Institute of Technology. His most recent book is A Sentimental Murder: Love and Madness in the Eighteenth Century. (June 2008)

Andrew Butterfield is President of Andrew Butterfield Fine Arts and the author of The Sculptures of Andrea del Verrocchio.
 (June 2014)

J. M. Coetzee’s novel The Childhood of Jesus was published in March 2013. He is Professor of Literature at the University of Adelaide and in 2003 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Frederick C. Crews is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Follies of the Wise: Dissenting Essays.

William Dalrymple’s books include The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857 and Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839–42. He is codirector of the Jaipur Literature Festival.
 (October 2014)

Barry Goldensohn is the author of five collections of poems: St. Venus Eve, Uncarving the Block, The Marrano, Dance Music, and, with his wife, Lorrie, East Long Pond. (December 2008)

James C. Goodale, an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, is the former Vice Chairman and General Counsel of The New York Times and represented the newspaper in the Pentagon Papers case. He is Host/Producer of the TV program The Digital Age. An earlier version of the article in this issue appeared in the New York Law Journal. (April 2005)

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.

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

Anthony Lewis, a former columnist for The New York Times, has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment.

John Lukacs was born in Budapest in 1924. He has written twenty-five works of history and criticism, including Budapest 1900: A Historical Portrait of a City and Its Culture; Historical Consciousness: Or, The Remembered Past; The Duel: The Eighty-Day Struggle Between Churchill and Hitler; and, most recently, George Kennan: A Study of Character.

Larry McMurtry lives in Archer City, Texas. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove (winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), Folly and Gloryand Rhino Ranch. His nonfiction works include a biography of Crazy Horse, Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen, Paradise, Sacagawea’s Nickname: Essays on the American West and, most recently, Custer.

Tim Parks is Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM University in Milan and the author of the travelogue Italian Ways. His latest novel is Sex Is Forbidden.


Darryl Pinckney, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of a novel, High Cotton, and Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. He has worked for Robert Wilson on various theatrical projects, most recently an adaptation of Daniil Kharms’s The Old Woman.

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.


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.

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.

Patricia Storace is the author of Heredity, a book of poems, Dinner with Persephone, a travel memoir about Greece, and Sugar Cane, a children’s book. Her new novel,A Book of Heaven, was published in February 2014. She lives in New York.