Contents


How Historic a Victory?

Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age by Larry M. Bartels

Red, Blue, and Purple America: The Future of Election Demographics edited by Ruy Teixeira

Cruising with Caesar

Caesar: A Life in Western Culture by Maria Wyke.

Julius Caesar by Philip Freeman

Caesar’s Calendar: Ancient Time and the Beginnings of History by Denis Feeney

The War We Don’t Want to See

War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Series of Cases, 2003–2007 edited by Shawn Christian Nessen, Dave Edmond Lounsbury, and Stephen P. Hetz, with a foreword by Bob Woodruff

Generation Kill a miniseries written and produced by David Simon and Ed Burns, based on the book by Evan Wright

Baghdad ER a film directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill

Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery a film directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill

The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

‘If Shakespeare Had Been Able to Google…’

Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory by Roy Blount Jr.

Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages by Ammon Shea

The First English Dictionary, 1604 by Robert Cawdrey, with an introduction by John Simpson

The Unknown Women of India

Women of the Raj: The Mothers, Wives, and Daughters of the British Empire in India by Margaret MacMillan

Sex and the Family in Colonial India: The Making of Empire by Durba Ghosh

Do Schools Have to Be Boring?

School by Catherine Burke and Ian Grosvenor

The Open Classroom: A Practical Guide to a New Way of Teaching by Herbert R. Kohl

Social Design: Creating Buildings with People in Mind by Robert Sommer

Big Box Reuse by Julia Christensen

Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory by Jonathan Zimmerman

Children’s Spaces edited by Mark Dudek

Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and Other Boneheaded Bureaucrats Are Turning America into a Nation of Children by David Harsanyi

Contributors

Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge. Her most recent book is SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome.
 (July 2017)

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)

Joan Didion is the author, most recently, of Blue Nights and The Year of Magical Thinking, among seven other works of nonfiction. Her five novels include A Book of Common Prayer and Democracy.
 (May 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.

Deborah Eisenberg is the author of four collections of short stories and a play, Pastorale. (April 2016)

Maureen Freely is a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Warwick and the president of English PEN. She is the author of seven novels and has translated five books by Orhan Pamuk. Her most recent book is Sailing Through Byzantium.

James Gleick’s most recent book is Time Travel: A History. (January 2017)

Barry Goldensohn is the author of five collections of poems: St. Venus Eve, Uncarving the Block, The Marrano, Dance Music, and, with his wife, Lorrie, East Long Pond. (December 2008)

Alma Guillermoprieto is a frequent contributor to The New York Review, often writing on Latin America. She is the author of Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution, among other books.
 (May 2016)

Sue Halpern is a regular contributor to The New York Review and a Scholar-in-Residence at Middlebury. Her latest book is A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home. (July 2017)

Ian Jack was the editor of The Independent on Sunday and of Granta. He is the author of The Country Formerly Known as Great Britain and he writes regularly for The Guardian.

Maya Jasanoff is Professor of History at Harvard. She is the author of Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World and Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East 1750–1850. (October 2016)

Sarah Kerr, a longtime contributor to The New York Review, lives near Washington, D.C. (November 2014)

Paul Krugman is a columnist for The New York Times and Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2008.
 (July 2016)

Alison Lurie is the Frederic J. Whiton Professor of American Literature Emerita at Cornell. She is the author of ten novels, two collections of essays on children’s literature, and the editor of The Oxford Book of Fairy Tales. Her most recent book is Reading for Fun. (March 2017)

Michael Massing, a former Executive Editor of The Columbia Journalism Review, frequently writes about the press.
 (January 2016)

Orhan Pamuk is the author, most recently, of The Museum of Innocence. He was awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Darryl Pinckney’s most recent book is a novel, Black Deutschland. (November 2017)

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.

Ingrid D. Rowland is a Professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway. Her latest book is The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art, cowritten with Noah Charney. (December 2017)

Meyer Schapiro, who died in 1996, taught for many years at Columbia. He was one of the most influential art historians of the last century and a contributor to The New York Review. Meyer Schapiro Abroad: Letters to Lillian and Travel Notebooks, in which the letters in this issue appear, will be published in January by Getty. (December 2008)

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

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast and the Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. (November 2017)

Garry Wills is the subject of a Festschrift published by Northwestern’s Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Nation and World, Church and God: The Legacy of Garry Wills. His most recent book is What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters. (December 2017)