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


John Ashbery is the author of several books of poetry, including Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975), which received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award. His first collection, Some Trees (1956), was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series. He has also published art criticism, plays, and a novel. From 1990 until 2008 Ashbery was the Charles P. Stevenson, Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. Ashbery’s new collection of poems, Breezeway, will be ­published in May 2015.

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 a Senior Fellow at the ­Legatum Institute, the editor of Foreign Policy’s Democracy Lab website, and a fellow at MIT’s Center for International Studies. His latest book is Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century.

David Cole is the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is the author of several books, including The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable (2009), Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror (with Jules Lobel, 2007) and Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism (2003).

Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and ­University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard. His latest book is Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature.

Michael Dirda, a weekly book columnist for The Washington Post, received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He is the author of the memoir An Open Book and of four collections of essays: Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book, and Classics for Pleasure. His most recent book, On Conan Doyle, received a 2012 Edgar Award for best critical/biographical work of the year.
 Dirda graduated with Highest Honors in English from Oberlin College and earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature (medieval studies and European romanticism) from Cornell University. He is a contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, the online Barnes & Noble Review, and several other periodicals, as well as a frequent lecturer and an occasional college teacher. His new book, ­Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books, will be out next summer.

Elizabeth Drew is a regular contributor to The New York ­
Review and the author, most recently, of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall.
 (October 2015)

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 is the author of four novels and a book of novellas. Her novel The Emperor’s Children was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and was selected as one of the ten best books of 2006 by The New York Times. Her most recent novel is The Woman Upstairs. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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

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.

 (March 2015)

Tim Parks is Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM University in Milan. Author of many novels, translations, and works of nonfiction, his latest book, Where I’m Reading From: The Changing World of Books, has just been published by New York Review Books.

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 is the author of Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, and Folk Photography. He has translated Félix Fénéon’s Novels in Three Lines and written the introduction to George Simenon’s The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (both available as NYRB Classics). He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College. His essay in the October 22, 2015 issue is drawn from his new book, The Other Paris, to be published in October by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Cathleen Schine is the author of several novels, including Rameau’s Niece, The Love Letter, She is Me, The New Yorkers, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Her latest novel is Fin & Lady. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast and the Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. (September 2015)

Alissa Valles is the author of the poetry collection Orphan Fire and the editor of Herbert’s Collected Poems and Collected Prose 1948–1998.
 (June 2013)