Margaret Atwood’s Tale

Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, with an introduction by Valerie Martin

Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature by Margaret Atwood, with a new introduction by the author

Surfacing by Margaret Atwood, with a new introduction by the author

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, with a new introduction by the author

Lincoln at War

Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard Carwardine

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Defiant Iran

Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Next Great Crisis in the Middle East by Ali M. Ansari

Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic by Ray Takeyh


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.

April Bernard’s most recent books are Romanticism, a ­collection of poems, and Miss Fuller, a novel. (October 2014)

David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale. His biography The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence and a collection of his essays, Moral Imagination, were published last year.
 (December 2015)

Ian Buruma is the author of The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West (1996), Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (2006), Year Zero: A History of 1945 (2013), and Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War (2014), winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. He is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among other publications. His new book, Their ­Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War, will be published in January 2016.

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.”

David Gilmour’s books include The Last Leopard: A Life of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and The Pursuit of Italy: A 
History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples.
 (March 2014)

Paul Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and Director of International Security Studies at Yale, is the author and editor of fifteen books, including The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. His latest book is The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations. (November 2006)

Joseph Lelyveld is a former correspondent and editor of The New York Times. His latest book is Great Soul: ­Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India.
 (April 2015)

Aryeh Neier is President Emeritus of the Open Society Foundations. He was for twelve years the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. Before that, he was Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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.

Joyce Carol Oates’s memoir The Lost Landscape is published this October 2015.

Darryl Pinckney, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of a novel, High Cotton, and, in the Alain Locke Lecture Series, Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. His new novel, Black Deutschland, will be published in February 2016.

John R. Searle is the Slusser Professor of Philosophy at 
the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent book is ­Making the Social World.
 (October 2014)

Michael Wood is the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton. His books include Literature and the Taste of Knowledge and Yeats and Violence

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.