Contents


Afghanistan: On the Brink

Afghanistan’s Uncertain Transition from Turmoil to Normalcy a report by Barnett R. Rubin

Kabul in Winter: Life without Peace in Afghanistan by Ann Jones

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Lives of Dr. Johnson

Johnson on the English Language: The Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume XVIII edited by Gwin J. Kolb and Robert Demaria Jr.

Samuel Johnson’s Unpublished Revisions to the Dictionary of the English Language: A Facsimile Edition edited by Allen Reddick

Anniversary Essays on Johnson’s Dictionary edited by Jack Lynch and Anne McDermott

Samuel Johnson and the Art of Sinking, 1709–1791 by Freya Johnston

Loving Dr. Johnson by Helen Deutsch

Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary by Henry Hitchings

The Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson, edited by Roger Lonsdale

The Sea Around Us

Atlantic History: Concept and Contours by Bernard Bailyn

The English Atlantic in an Age of Revolution, 1640–1661 by Carla Gardina Pestana

Cosmopolitans

Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers by Kwame Anthony Appiah

Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny by Amartya Sen

Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership by Martha C. Nussbaum

Contributors

Neal Ascherson is the author of Black Sea, Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland, and the novel Death of the Frosac. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
 (October 2017)

Linda Colley is Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton. Her latest book is Acts of Union and Disunion: What Has Held the UK Together—and What Is Dividing It? 
. (June 2017)

Elizabeth Drew is a regular contributor to The New York Review. She is the author of fourteen books, including Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall, which was expanded and reissued in 2014. (June 2017)

Freeman Dyson is Professor of Physics Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His most recent book is Dreams of Earth and Sky, a collection of his writing in these pages. (October 2016)

Amos Elon (1926–2009) was an Israeli journalist. His final book was The Pity of It All: A Portrait of Jews In Germany 1743 – 1933.

Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author, most recently, of Revolutionary Russia, 1891–1991: A History.
 (May 2017)

Frank Kermode (1919–2010) was a British critic and literary theorist. Born on the Isle of Man, he taught at University College London, Cambridge, Columbia and Harvard. Adapted from a series of lectures given at Bryn Mawr College, Kermode’s Sense of An Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction remains one of the most influential works of twentieth-century literary criticism.

William H. McNeill is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Chicago. His most recent books are The Pursuit of Truth: A Historian’s Memoir and Summers Long Ago: On Grandfather’s Farm and in Grandmother’s Kitchen, published by the Berkshire Publishing Group. His most recent publication, as editor, is the second edition of the Encyclopedia of World History.

Ahmed Rashid is the author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and several books on Afghanistan and Central Asia. He lives in Lahore. (November 2016)

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.


Willibald Sauerländer is a former Director of the Central Institute for Art History in Munich. His latest book is Manet Paints Monet: A Summer in Argenteuil. (May 2016)

Charles Simic has been Poet Laureate of the United States. His latest book is Scribbled in the Dark, a volume of poetry. (November 2017)

Ronald Steel is Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, a recent fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and the author of biographies of Walter Lippmann and Robert Kennedy.

Mark Strand, who died late last year, was a poet and artist. He was named Poet Laureate of the United States in 1990 and he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1999. (June 2015)