Killing Cures

Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine by Andrew Scull

The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness by Jack El-Hai


America’s Environmental Report Card: Are We Making the Grade? by Harvey Blatt

Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

One with Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future by Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich

Diamond: A Struggle for Environmental Justice in Louisiana’s Chemical Corridor by Steve Lerner

Climate Change: Debating America’s Policy Options by David G. Victor

The Real Environmental Crisis: Why Poverty, Not Affluence, Is the Environment’s Number One Enemy by Jack M. Hollander

The Solitary Notetaker

Campo Santo by W.G. Sebald, translated from the German by Anthea Bell

Unrecounted by W.G. Sebald, translated from the German by Michael Hamburger, with lithographs by Jan Peter Tripp

The Truth About Jihad

Osama: The Making of a Terrorist by Jonathan Randal

Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah by Olivier Roy

The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West by Gilles Kepel,translated from the French by Pascale Ghazaleh

Understanding Terror Networks by Marc Sageman

Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality and Modernity by Faisal Devji


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

Joan Didion is the author of The Year of Magical Thinking and We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction.

James Fenton is a British poet and literary critic. From 1994 until 1999, Fenton was Oxford Professor of Poetry; in 2015 he was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize. His latest book is Yellow Tulips: Poems, 1968–2011.

Tim Flannery’s new book, Atmosphere of Hope: ­Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis, will be published in October. (October 2015)

Peter W. Galbraith, a former US Ambassador to Croatia, is Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and a principal at the Windham Resources Group, which has worked in Iraq. His new book, Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened Americaå?s Enemies, has just been released. (October 2008)

John Gray is Emeritus Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics. Among his recent books are Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals, False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism, Heresies: Against Progress and Other Illusions, The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death, and The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths. His latest book is The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom.

Alan Hollinghurst was born in 1954 in Gloucestershire, England, and attended Magdalen College, Oxford. He is the author of the novels The Swimming-Pool Library, The Folding Star (shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Spell, The Line of Beauty, as well as of a translation of the play Bajazet by Racine. A former staff member at The Times Literary Supplement, Hollinghurst is a frequent contributor to that and other publications, including The Guardian. Hollinghurst’s fourth novel, The Line of Beauty, won the Man Booker Prize in 2004. His most recent novel is The Stranger’s Child and he has written the introduction to a new edition of ­Penelope Fitzgerald’s Offshore. He lives in London.

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.

Michael Kimmelman is a longtime critic for 
The New York Times. (February 2015)

Lorrie Moore is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University and the author of the story collections Birds of America, Like Life, and Self-Help and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Anagrams. Her most recent collection of stories is Bark.

Caroline Moorehead is the author most recently of A Train in Winter, the first volume of her trilogy on resistance in World War II. The second volume, Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France, will be published in October. (June 2014)

Sherwin B. Nuland is Clinical Professor of Surgery and a Fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale. He is the author of How We Die, which won the National Book Award in 1994, and Lost in America. (December 2005)

Geoffrey O’Brien is Editor in Chief of the Library of America. His ­seventh collection of poetry, In a Mist, was published in March 2015.

Max Rodenbeck is the Middle East Bureau Chief of The Economist. (December 2015)

Norman Rush was raised in Oakland, California, and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1956. He has been an antiquarian book dealer, a college instructor, and, with his wife Elsa, he lived and worked in Africa from 1978 to 1983. They now reside in Rockland County, New York. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. Whites, a collection of stories, was published in 1986, and his first novel, Mating, the recipient of the National Book Award, was published in 1991. His most recent novel is Subtle Bodies.

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.

Hilary Spurling second volume of her two-volume life of Matisse will be published in the US in September. She is also the author of Ivy: The Life of I. Compton-Burnett and The Girl from the Fiction Department: A Portrait of Sonia Orwell. The article in this issue is based on a lecture at the National Gallery, London. (August 2005)

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)

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.