Contents


Better Late Than Never

“Work Hard, Study…and Keep Out of Politics!”: Adventures and Lessons from an Unexpected Public Life by James A. Baker III, with Steve Fiffer

The Iraq Study Group Report: The Way Forward—A New Approach by James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton, co-chairs

A Mission to Convert

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief by Lewis Wolpert

Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist by Joan Roughgarden

The CIA’s Secret Torture

Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program by Stephen Grey

Report of the Events Relating to Maher Arar by the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar

What About the Iraqis?

Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq by Riverbend, with a foreword by Ahdaf Soueif and an introduction by James Ridgeway

Baghdad Burning II: More Girl Blog from Iraq by Riverbend, with an introduction by James Ridgeway and Jean Cassella

Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War by Anthony Shadid

In the Belly of the Green Bird: The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq by Nir Rosen

The Genius of Bad News

Thomas Bernhard: The Making of an Austrian by Gitta Honegger

Frost by Thomas Bernhard, translated from the German by Michael Hofmann

In the Shadow of Berlusconi

The Sack of Rome: How a Beautiful European Country with a Fabled History and a Storied Culture Was Taken Over by a Man Named Silvio Berlusconi by Alexander Stille

The Perils of Antoinette

Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber

A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette’s Perfumer by Elisabeth de Feydeau, translated from the French by Jane Lizop

Contributors

John Ashbery’s new book of poems, Commotion of the Birds, will be published in November. (August 2016)

Raymond Bonner has been a foreign correspondent and investigative reporter for The New York Times, and has written extensively about the Bush administration’s treatment of terrorist suspects. (April 2008)

Christian Caryl is the Editor of the DemocracyPost blog at The Washington Post and the author of Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the Twenty-first Century. (November 2017)

David Cole is the National Legal Director of the ACLU and the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center. His most recent book is ­Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed.
 
(May 2018)

Robert Darnton’s A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution was published in February. He is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard. (June 2018)

Michael Dirda is a columnist for The Washington Post Book World. His most recent book is Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books.
 (December 2016)

Elizabeth Drew is the author of fourteen books, including Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall, which was expanded and reissued in 2014.

Paul Ginsborg is a Professor of European History at the University of Florence. He is the author of several books on Italy, including Silvio Berlusconi: Television, Power and Patrimony. (January 2007)

David Grossman, who lives near Jerusalem, is the author of The Yellow Wind, a report on life in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. His new novel, To the End of the Land, from which the excerpt in this issue is taken, will be published in September by Knopf. Jessica Cohen’s translations include David Grossman’s Her Body Knows and works by Yael Hedaya, Ronit Matalon, Amir Gutfreund, and Tom Segev. (July 2010)

Zbigniew Herbert’s Collected Poems 1956–1998 was published in English in 2007. The poem in this issue was prepared for a Polish edition of Herbert’s uncollected poems edited by Ryszard Krynicki. (June 2013)

Clive James is the author of many books of criticism, autobiography, fiction, and poetry. Among his books are Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts, The Blaze of Obscurity, and A Point of View.

Hilary Mantel is an English novelist, short story writer, and critic. Her novel, Wolf Hall, won the Man Booker Prize in 2009.

Claire Messud’s latest novel is The Woman Upstairs. (April 2018)

Joyce Carol Oates’s Beautiful Days, a collection of stories, will be published in February. She is currently Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Graduate Program at NYU. (December 2017)

H. Allen Orr is University Professor and Shirley Cox Kearns Professor of Biology at the University of Rochester. He is the author, with Jerry A. Coyne, of Speciation.
 (June 2016)

Tim Parks is the author of many novels, translations, and works of nonfiction, most recently Life and Work: Writers, Readers, and the Conversations Between Them and the novel In Extremis. (November 2017)

Richard Posner has been a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago for the last thirty years. (September 2011)

Luc Sante teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard. His latest book is The Other Paris. (October 2017)

Cathleen Schine’s latest novel is They May Not Mean to but They Do. (February 2018)

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast, the Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. (June 2018)

Alissa Valles is the author of the poetry books Orphan Fire (2008) and Anastylosis (2014), the editor and co-translator of Zbigniew Herbert’s The Collected Poems and The Collected Prose, and, most recently, the translator of Anna Bikont’s The Crime and the Silence: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne (2015) and Ryszard Krynicki’s Our Life Grows (2017). (March 2018)