Contents


Making It

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin

The Great de Staël

Madame de Staël: The First Modern Woman by Francine du Plessix Gray

Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Staël by J. Christopher Herold

Germaine de Staël & Benjamin Constant: A Dual Biography by Renee Winegarten

Madame de Staël: The Dangerous Exile by Angelica Goodden

Corinne, or Italy by Madame de Staël, translated from the French by Sylvia Raphael

Why Darwin?

Darwin’s Origin of Species: A Biography by Janet Browne

The Annotated Origin: A Facsimile of the First Edition of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, annotated by James T. Costa

Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne

It Takes a Genome: How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life Is Making Us Sick by Greg Gibson

Primitive in Dresden

Brücke: The Birth of Expressionism in Dresden and Berlin, 1905–1913 an exhibition at the Neue Galerie, New York City, February 26–June 29, 2009

The Invader Wore Slippers’

Prague in Danger: The Years of German Occupation, 1939–45: Memories and History, Terror and Resistance, Theater and Jazz, Film and Poetry, Politics and War by Peter Demetz

Goodbye to the ‘Age of Jackson’?

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

Andrew Jackson by Robert V. Remini

Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson by David S. Reynolds

Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era, 1829–1877 by Walter A. McDougall

The War to Begin All Wars

1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War by Benny Morris

Making Israel edited by Benny Morris

A History of Palestine: From the Ottoman Conquest to the Founding of the State of Israel by Gudrun Krämer, translated from the German by Graham Harman and Gudrun Krämer

The Failure of the Economy & the Economists

Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller

The Subprime Solution: How Today’s Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do About It by Robert J. Shiller

Contributors

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1945. He is the author of many novels, including The Book of Evidence, The Untouchable, Eclipse, The Sea (winner of the Man Booker Prize), and Ancient Light. As Benjamin Black he has written six crime novels, including Vengeance.

Richard Dorment is the art critic of the Daily Telegraph. Among the exhibitions he has organized is “James McNeill Whistler,” seen at the Tate Gallery, London, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 
(June 2013)

Deborah Eisenberg is the author of four collections of short stories and a play, Pastorale.
 She is the winner of the 2000 Rea Award for the Short Story, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and five O. Henry Awards. The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg won the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award. She lives in New York City.

Jonathan Freedland is Executive Editor for Opinion at The Guardian, where he also writes a weekly column. In 2014 he was awarded the Orwell Special Prize for journalism.

 (August 2014)

Benjamin M. Friedman is the William Joseph Maier ­Professor of Political Economy at Harvard. His books include The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth and Day of Reckoning: The Consequences of American Economic Policy Under Reagan and After.
 (October 2014)

Gershom Gorenberg is a senior correspondent for The American Prospect. He is the author, most recently, of The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977. His blog can be found at SouthJerusalem.com.
 (May 2009)

Sue Halpern, a regular contributor to The New York Review on the subject of technology, is scholar-in-residence at Middlebury. Her most recent book is A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home.
 (November 2014)

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.

Daniel Howe is Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford and Professor of History Emeritus at UCLA. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2008 for his book What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848.
 (May 2009)

Richard C. Lewontin is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Biology at Harvard University. He is the author of The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change and Biology as Ideology, and the co-author of The Dialectical Biologist (with Richard Levins) and Not in Our Genes (with Steven Rose and Leon Kamin).

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.

Andrew O’Hagan’s new novel, The Illuminations, will be published early next year. (October 2014)

Jonathan Spence is Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. Among his books are The Death of Woman Wang, Treason by the Book, The Question of Hu, and The Search for Modern China.

Geoffrey Wheatcroft is the author of The Controversy of Zion, The Strange Death of Tory England, and Yo, Blair!
 (September 2014)