Contents


1989!

1989: The Struggle to Create Post–Cold War Europe by Mary Elise Sarotte

Uncivil Society: 1989 and the Implosion of the Communist Establishment by Stephen Kotkin, with a contributionby Jan T. Gross

Der Vorhang Geht Auf: Das Ende der Diktaturen in Osteuropa by György Dalos

The Year That Changed the World: The Untold Story Behind the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Michael Meyer

Histoire secrète de la chutedu mur de Berlin by Michel Meyer

Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire by Victor Sebestyen

The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Revolutionary Legacy of 1989 edited by Jeffrey A. Engel

There Is No Freedom Without Bread! 1989 and the Civil War That Brought Down Communism by Constantine Pleshakov

Tear Down This Wall: A City, a President, and the Speech That Ended the Cold War by Romesh Ratnesar

The Most Imposing Cantaloupe

Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., May 17–August 23, 2009; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, September 23, 2009–January 3, 2010; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, January 31–May 9, 2010

There Once Was an Artist Called Lear…

Edward Lear in Albania: Journals of a Landscape Painter in the Balkans by Edward Lear, edited by Bejtullah Destani and Robert Elsie, with a preface by Vivien Noakes

Edward Lear: The Life of a Wanderer by Vivien Noakes

The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense by Edward Lear, edited by Vivien Noakes

Nonsense Botany and Nonsense Alphabets by Edward Lear

Nonsense Songs and Stories by Edward Lear

Which Way for Hamas?

Inside Hamas: The Untold Story of the Militant Islamic Movement by Zaki Chehab

Hamas in Politics: Democracy, Religion, Violence by Jeroen Gunning

Kill Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas by Paul McGeough

They Didn’t Regulate Enough and Still Don’t

Financial Regulatory Reform: A New Foundation: Rebuilding Supervision and Regulation

In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic by David Wessel

House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street by William D. Cohan

A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers by Lawrence G. McDonald with Patrick Robinson

Contributors

James Bamford is the author of three books on the NSA, including The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America. (August 2013)

Toni Bentley danced with the New York City Ballet for ten years and is the author of five books, including Winter Season: A Dancer’s Journal, Sisters of Salome, and The Surrender: An Erotic Memoir. She is the recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and is currently working on a book about Balanchine’s ballet Serenade. (November 2009)

David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale. His two new books, The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence and Moral Imagination, a collection of his essays, were published earlier this year. (August 2014)

John Carey is Arts Emeritus Merton Professor of English at Oxford University. He has appeared as a host and commentator on numerous television and radio programs in England and is the former chief book reviewer for The Sunday Times. Among his books are The Intellectuals and the Masses, What Good Are the Arts?, Pure Pleasure: A Guide to the Twenieth Century’s Most Enjoyable Books, and a biography of William Golding. He has chaired the Booker Prize committee twice and in 2005 was the chair of the first international Booker Prize committee. His memoir The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books was published in March 2014.


Joseph Connors, the Director of the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Florence, writes on Italian Renaissance and Baroque architecture. He was formerly Director of the American Academy in Rome and professor of art history at Columbia.

Caleb Crain is the author of American Sympathy, a study of friendship between men in early American literature. He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and n+1. His novel Necessary Errors will be published in 2013.

Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford. He currently leads the Free Speech Debate project at Oxford (freespeechdebate.com) and is writing a book about free speech.


Stephen Greenblatt is the author of, among other books, Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare and The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (winner of the National Book Award, the James Russell Lowell Award, and the Pulitzer Prize). He is the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard.

Jerome Groopman is the Recanati Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Experimental Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has published more than 180 scientific articles, is a staff writer at The New Yorker and, most recently, the coauthor with Pamela Hartzband of Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You.


Robert Pogue Harrison is Rosina Pierotti Professor in Italian Literature at Stanford. His new book, Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age, will be published this fall by the University of Chicago Press. (July 2014)

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. Her books include Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce. Her new book, Flyover Lives, was published in January 2014.

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

Jeff Madrick is Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz ­Rediscovery Government Initiative at the Century Foundation, Editor of Challenge Magazine, and teaches at the Cooper Union. His latest book is Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Econ­omists Damaged America and the World.

Michael Massing, a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, writes frequently on the press and foreign affairs.

Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, and the author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and of the forthcoming Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist. He is also the founder of 350.org, the global climate campaign that has been actively involved in the fight against natural gas fracking.

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.

Nicolas Pelham has reported on the Arab world for twenty years and currently writes for The Economist. (October 2013)

Max Rodenbeck is The Economist’s Middle East Bureau Chief. He lives in Cairo. (Septemer 2014)

Sanford Schwartz’s reviews have been collected in The Art Presence and Artists and Writers. (August 2014)