The Entertainer

Buffalo Bill’s America: William Cody and the Wild West Show by Louis S. Warren

The Colonel and Little Missie: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the Beginnings of Superstardom in America by Larry McMurtry

Buffalo Bill in Bologna: The Americanization of the World,1869–1922 by Robert W. Rydell and Rob Kroes

The Spirit of Play

Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera by Anne Carson

Glass, Irony and God by Anne Carson

Eros the Bittersweet by Anne Carson

Men in the Off Hours by Anne Carson

Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos by Anne Carson

Plainwater: Essays and Poetry by Anne Carson

The Mystery of Willi Münzenberg

The Red Millionaire: A Political Biography of Willi Münzenberg, Moscow’s Secret Propaganda Tsar in the West by Sean McMeekin

Double Lives: Stalin, Willi Münzenberg, and the Seduction of the Intellectuals by Stephen Koch, with an introduction by Sam Tanenhaus

The Truth About the Colleges

Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class by Ross Gregory Douthat

I’m the Teacher, You’re the Student: A Semester in the University Classroom by Patrick Allitt

What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain

University, Inc.: The Corporate Corruption of American Higher Education by Jennifer Washburn

The Best 357 Colleges: 2005 Edition by the Princeton Review

Profiles of American Colleges: 2005

The Return of the Imperial Hero

Trafalgar: The Men, the Battle, the Storm by Tim Clayton and Phil Craig

Nelson: The New Letters edited by Colin White

Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar by Adam Nicolson

Admiral Lord Nelson: Context and Legacy edited by David Cannadine

A Great Russian Prophet

The Word That Causes Death’s Defeat: Poems of Memory by Anna Akhmatova,translated from the Russian, with an introductory biography, critical essays, and commentary, by Nancy K. Anderson


Russell Baker is a former columnist and correspondent for The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun. His books include The Good Times, Growing Up, and Looking Back.

Jeremy Bernstein’s books include Plutonium: A History of the World’s Most Dangerous Element and Nuclear Weapons: What You Need to Know. His latest book is A Palette of Particles.
 (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)

Helen Epstein is a writer specializing in public health and an adjunct professor at Bard College. She has advised numerous organizations, including the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Human Rights Watch, and UNICEF. She is the author of The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa and has contributed articles to many publications, including The New York Review of Books and The New York Times Magazine. Research for her article in the December 18, 2014 issue was supported by a grant from the Investigative Fund at 
the Nation Institute.

Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford. He leads the Free Speech Debate project at Oxford ( and is writing a book about free speech.

Andrew Hacker teaches political science and mathematics 
at Queens College. His new book, The Math Myth, will appear in the spring. (October 2014)

Robert Hass is the author of several books of poems, most recently Sun Under Wood. Poet laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997, he teaches English at the University of California at Berkeley. (November 2005)

Human Rights Watch, the largest human rights organization based in the United States, conducts fact-finding investigations into human rights abuses worldwide. (November 2005)

Aileen Kelly is a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. Her books include Toward Another Shore: Russian Thinkers Between Necessity and Chance.

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.

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)

Joyce Carol Oates, the author of the recent novel The Sacrifice, is currently Stein Visiting Writer at Stanford.

Charles Rosen was a pianist and music critic. In 2011 he was awarded a National Humanities Medal.

Alan Ryan’s On Tocqueville and On Marx were published last year. He is the author of the two-volume work On Politics: A History of Political Thought: From Herodotus to the Present. He is visiting professor of philosophy at Stanford.

Michael Scammell, the author of biographies of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Arthur Koestler, is working on a new translation of Crime and Punishment. (July 2014)

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, will be published in April 2015.

Jonathan Spence is Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. Among his books are The Death of Woman Wang, Treason by the Book, The Question of Hu, and The Search for Modern China.