Churchill and His Myths

Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: The Dire Warning by John Lukacs

Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England by Lynne Olson

Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization by Nicholson Baker

Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost the Empire and the West Lost the World by Patrick J. Buchanan.

Iraq: Will We Ever Get Out?

The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict by Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes

Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy by Andrew Cockburn

Still Broken: A Recruit’s Inside Account of Intelligence Failures, from Baghdad to the Pentagon by A.J. Rossmiller

The Soviet-Afghan War: How a Superpower Fought and Lost by the Russian General Staff, translated from the Russian and edited by Lester W. Grau and Michael A. Gress

The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan translated from the Russian and edited by Lester W. Grau

The Other Side of the Mountain: Mujahideen Tactics in the Soviet-Afghan War by Ali Ahmad Jalali and Lester W. Grau

The Fateful Pebble: Afghanistan’s Role in the Fall of the Soviet Empire by Anthony Arnold

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll

The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the State of Iran by Yossi Melman and Meir Javedanfar

The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America by Kenneth M. Pollack

Women Artists Win!

Bathers, Bodies, Beauty: The Visceral Eye by Linda Nochlin

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution an exhibition at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, February 17–May 12, 2008

Giddy & Malevolent

Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky: A London Trilogy by Patrick Hamilton, with an introduction by Susanna Moore

The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton, with an introduction by David Lodge

Hangover Square: A Story of Darkest Earl’s Court by Patrick Hamilton

The Rise of the Muslim Terrorists

Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-first Century by Marc Sageman

The Talibanization of Southeast Asia: Losing the War on Terror to Islamist Extremists by Bilveer Singh

Al Qaeda in Its Own Words edited by Gilles Kepel and Jean-Pierre Milelli, translated from the Arabic by Pascale Ghazaleh

The Sayyid Qutb Reader: Selected Writings on Politics, Religion, and Society edited by Albert J. Bergesen

Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11 by Matthias Küntzel, translated from the German by Colin Meade

Architect of Global Jihad: The Life of al-Qaida Strategist Abu Mus’ab al-Suri by Brynjar Lia

The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State by Noah Feldman

Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari’a by Abdullahi Ahmed an-Na'im

How We Missed the Story: Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan by Roy Gutman


Al Alvarez is the author of Risky Business, a selection of essays, many of which first appeared in The New York Review of Books.

Robert Barnett is Director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia and the author most recently of–ÊLhasa: Streets with Memories and co-editor with Ronald Schwartz of Tibetan Modernities: Notes from the Field on Cultural and Social Change. (May 2008)

Eamon Duffy is Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge. His latest book is Saints, Sacrilege and Sedition: Religion and Conflict in the Tudor Reformations.
 (February 2015)

Brad Leithauser is a novelist, poet, and essayist. He lives in Massachusetts.

Joseph Lelyveld is a former correspondent and editor of The New York Times. His latest book is Great Soul: ­Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India.
 (April 2015)

Larry McMurtry lives in Archer City, Texas. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove (winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), Folly and Gloryand Rhino Ranch. His nonfiction works include a biography of Crazy Horse, Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen, Paradise, Sacagawea’s Nickname: Essays on the American West and, most recently, Custer.

Jay Neugeboren’s books include Imagining Robert, Sama?s Legacy, The Stolen Jew, and Big Man. His most recent novel, 1940, was published last year. (December 2009)

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

Thomas Powers is the author of The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA (1979), Heisenberg’s War: The Secret History of the German Bomb (1993), Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to al-Qaeda (2002; revised and expanded edition, 2004), and The Confirmation (2000), a novel. He won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1971 and has contributed to The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, The Nation, The Atlantic, and Rolling Stone. His latest book, The Killing of Crazy Horse, won the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History. He is currently writing a memoir of his father, who once told him that the last time he met Clare Boothe Luce was in the office of Allen Dulles.

Francine Prose is a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bard. Her latest novel is Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932.

Frank Rich is a writer-at-large for New York magazine. His books include Ghost Light, a memoir, and The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth in Bush’s America. He is an Executive Producer of the HBO series Veep.

Robin Robertson is from the northeast coast of Scotland. His fifth collection of poetry will be published next year. (June 2012)

Ingrid D. Rowland teaches in Rome for the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, she is the author of The Culture of the High Renaissance: Ancients and Moderns in Sixteenth-Century Rome and The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery. She has also published a translation of Vitruvius’ Ten Books of Architecture and a history of Villa Taverna, the US ambassador’s residence in Rome. Her latest book is From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town.

Malise Ruthven is the author of Islam: A Very Short Introduction, Islam in the World: The Divine Supermarket (a study of Christian fundamentalism), A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America, A Satanic Affair: Salman Rushdie and the Wrath of Islam, and several other books. His latest book is Encounters with Islam: On Religion, Politics and Modernity.

Jeremy Waldron is University Professor at the NYU School of Law. His latest book is Dignity, Rank, and Rights. (October 2015)

Geoffrey Wheatcroft is the author of The Controversy of Zion, The Strange Death of Tory England, and Yo, Blair! (June 2015)