The BBC Talks of E.M. Forster, 1929–1960 edited by Mary Lago, Linda K. Hughes, and Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, with a foreword by P.N. Furbank
J.M.W. Turner an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., October 1, 2007–January 6, 2008; the Dallas Museum of Art, February 10–May 18, 2008; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, June 24–September 21, 2008
For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond
For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond by Ben Macintyre
Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks, writing as Ian Fleming
Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal by Ben Macintyre
ZigZag: The Incredible Wartime Exploits of Double Agent Eddie Chapman by Nicholas Booth
The Spy Within: Larry Chin and China’s Penetration of the CIA by Tod Hoffman
Jia: A Novel of North Korea by Hyejin Kim
North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea by Andrei Lankov
A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church
Hidden Moon by James Church
Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the World’s Most Repressive Country by Mike Kim
Breath by Tim Winton
Dark Matter a film directed by Chen Shi-Zheng
Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 1895–2008 by Xu Guoqi
China’s New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society by Daniel A. Bell
China’s New Nationalism: Pride, Politics, and Diplomacy by Peter Hays Gries
China’s Great Leap: The Beijing Olympic Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges Edited by Minky Worden, with an introduction by Nicholas Kristof
Rembrandt’s Jews by Steven Nadler
De “joodse” Rembrandt: De mythe ontrafeld [The “Jewish” Rembrandt: The Myth Revealed] an exhibition at the Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam, November 10, 2006–February 4, 2007.
Rembrandt in de propaganda 1940–1945
Catastrophe! The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past an exhibition at the Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago, April 10-December 31, 2008.
The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq edited by Peter G. Stone and Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly
Antiquities Under Siege: Cultural Heritage Protection After the Iraq War edited by Lawrence Rothfield
Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq by Patrick Cockburn
Reclaiming a Plundered Past: Archaeology and Nation Building in Modern Iraq by Magnus T. Bernhardsson
The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Epic of Gilgamesh by David Damrosch
American Hostage by Micah Garen and Marie-Hélène Carleton
The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom by Simon Winchester
Books: A Memoir by Larry McMurtry
Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population by Matthew Connelly
Reproducing Inequities: Poverty and the Politics of Population in Haiti by M. Catherine Maternowska, with a foreword by Paul Farmer
Us vs. Them: How a Half Century of Conservatism Has Undermined America’s Security by J. Peter Scoblic
Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats by Matthew Yglesias
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.
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.
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.”
Helen Epstein is a writer specializing in public health and an adjunct professor at Bard College. She has advised numerous organizations, including the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Human Rights Watch, and UNICEF. She is the author of The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa and has contributed articles to many publications, including The New York Review of Books and The New York Times Magazine. Research for her article in the December 18, 2014 issue was supported by a grant from the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute.
Joshua Hammer is a former Newsweek bureau chief and correspondent-at-large in Africa and the Middle East. His forthcoming book is The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts. (July 2015)
Richard Holmes is the author of Shelley: The Pursuit (published by NYRB Classics), which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1974; Coleridge: Early Visions, winner of the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year award; Dr Johnson & Mr Savage, which won the 1993 James Tait Black Prize; and Coleridge: Darker Reflections, which won the 1990 Duff Cooper Prize and Heinemann Award. His new book, Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air, was published in October 2013. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1992. He is also a professor of biographical studies at the University of East Anglia. He lives in London and Norwich with the novelist Rose Tremain. The article in the December 18, 2014 issue draws on the seventh Leon Levy Biography Lecture, which he gave in 2014 on “The Two Sides of the Biographer’s Notebook.”
Janet Malcolm was born in Prague. She was educated at the High School of Music and Art, in New York, and at the University of Michigan. Along with In the Freud Archives, her books include Diana and Nikon: Essays on Photography, Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession, The Journalist and the Murderer, The Purloined Clinic: Selected Writings, The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, The Crime of Sheila McGough, and Reading Chekhov: A Critical Journey. She wrote about the trial of Mazoltuv Borukhova, the mother of Michelle, in her book Iphigenia in Forest Hills, just out in paperback. Her most recent book is Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers. She lives in New York.
Jane Mayer is a staff writer for The New Yorker. The essay in this issue is based on her book The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, which was published in July by Doubleday. (August 2008)
Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Her latest book, Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World, was published in February. (August 2008)
Orville Schell is the former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on US–China Relations at the Asia Society in New York City, and the coauthor with John Delury of Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the 21st Century. (October 2014)
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.
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.