Contents


The Artful Clarks

The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings Catalog of the exhibition by Michael Conforti, James A. Ganz, Neil Harris, Sarah Lees, Gilbert T. Vincent, and others.

Thanks for the Memory

In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind by Eric R. Kandel

Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside by Katrina Firlik

The Prisoners Speak

The Road to Guantánamo a film directed by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross

Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantánamo, Bagram, and Kandahar by Moazzam Begg with Victoria Brittain

Guantánamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power by Joseph Margulies

Islam in Europe

Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance by Ian Buruma

The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Aid: Can It Work?

The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good by William Easterly

The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health by Ruth Levine and the What Works Working Group, with Molly Kinder

The Trouble with Africa: Why Foreign Aid Isn’t Working by Robert Calderisi

Africa’s Stalled Development: International Causes and Cures by David K. Leonard and Scott Straus

Rediscovering a Lost Continent

Italy Illuminated by Flavio Biondo, edited and translated by Jeffrey White

Invectives by Francesco Petrarca, edited and translated by David Marsh

Humanist Educational Treatises edited and translated by Craig W. Kallendorf

Biographical Writings by Giannozzo Manetti, edited and translated by Stefano U. Baldassarri and Rolf Bagemihl

Commentaries by Pius II, edited by Margaret Meserve and Marcello Simonetta

Later Travels by Cyriac of Ancona, edited and translated by Edward W. Bodnar with Clive Foss

History of the Florentine People by Leonardo Bruni, edited and translated by James Hankins

Platonic Theology by Marsilio Ficino, edited by James Hankins with William Bowen and translated by Michael J. B. Allen with John Warden

On Discovery by Polydore Vergil, edited and translated by Brian P. Copenhaver

Humanist Comedies edited and translated by Gary R. Grund

Short Epics by Maffeo Vegio, edited and translated by Michael C. J. Putnam with James Hankins

Silvae by Angelo Poliziano, edited and translated by Charles Fantazzi

Letters by Angelo Poliziano, edited and translated by Shane Butler

Cheney: The Fatal Touch

A Very Thin Line: The Iran-Contra Affairs by Theodore Draper

Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror by Richard A. Clarke

Burn Before Reading: Presidents, CIA Directors, and Secret Intelligence by Admiral Stansfield Turner

Disarming Iraq by Hans Blix

The Halliburton Agenda: The Politics of Oil and Money by Dan Briody

My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope by L. Paul Bremer III, with Malcolm McConnell

Now It’s My Turn: A Daughter’s Chronicle of Political Life by Mary Cheney

The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11 by Ron Suskind

Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward

The Rise and Rise of Richard B. Cheney: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Most Powerful Vice President in American History by John Nichols

Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet by James Mann

Report of the Congressional Committees Investigating the Iran-Contra Affair, with Supplemental, Minority, and Additional Views

31 Days: The Crisis That Gave Us the Government We Have Today by Barry Werth

Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror by Mark Danner

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush by John W. Dean

Years of Renewal by Henry Kissinger

Contributors

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

Mark Ford’s Selected Poems will be published in April. He teaches in the English Department at University College London. (February 2014)

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 has just published, with Edward Mortimer and Kerem Öktem, Freedom in Diversity: Ten Lessons for Public Policy from Britain, Canada, France, Germany and the United States.


Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History and the Humanities at Princeton University. His most recent book is The Culture of Correction in Renaissance Europe.


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, and The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death. His latest book, The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths, will be published in June 2013.

Sue Halpern is a regular contributor to The New York Review on the subject of technology. She is the editor of NYRB Lit and scholar-in-residence at Middlebury. Her most recent book is A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home.
 (July 2014)

Nicholas D. Kristof is a columnist for The New York Times and the coauthor, with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, forthcoming in September.

Thomas Nagel is University Professor Emeritus at NYU. His latest book is Mind and Cosmos. (November 2013)

Joyce Carol Oates is currently Visiting Professor in the Graduate Writing Program at NYU. Her most recent novel is Carthage.

Jonathan Raban’s books include Surveillance, My Holy War, Arabia, Old Glory, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, Bad Land, Passage to Juneau, and Waxwings. His most recent book is Driving Home: An American Journey, published in 2011. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heinemann Award of the Royal Society of Literature, the PEN/West Creative Nonfiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, and the Governor’s Award of the State of Washington. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and The Independent. He lives in Seattle.

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

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. His article in this issue, August 14, 2014, was delivered as a talk at the Manggha Museum of ­Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków earlier this year, when he was presented with the Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award.


Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at Warwick University, England. His latest book is How Much Is Enough?: Money and the Good Life with Edward Skidelsky. He is the author of a three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes.
 (April 2014)

John Updike (1932–2009) was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania. In 1954 he began to publish in The New Yorker, where he continued to contribute short stories, poems, and criticism until his death. His major work was the set of four novels chronicling the life of Harry “Rabbit: Angstrom, he two of which, Rabbit is Richand Rabbit at Rest, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His last books were the novel The Widows of Eastwick and Due Considerations, a collection of his essays and criticism.