Contents


Can Obama Rise Again?

Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics by Ari Berman

The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism by Roger D. Hodge

The Beck of Revelation

Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe

Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine by Glenn Beck, with Joseph Kerry

The Overton Window by Glenn Beck, with contributions by Kevin Balfe, Emily Bestler, and Jack Henderson

Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance by Alexander Zaitchik

Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America by Dana Milbank

Inside the Trap

Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle by Ingrid Betancourt, translated from the French by Alison Anderson, with the collaboration of Sarah Llewellyn

Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle by Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, and Tom Howes, with Gary Brozek

Captive: 2,147 Days of Terror in the Colombian Jungle by Clara Rojas, translated from the Spanish by Adriana V. López

Artist of Everything

Lucky Hans and Other Merz Fairy Tales by Kurt Schwitters, translated from the German and with an introduction by Jack Zipes, and with illustrations by Irvine Peacock

Unveiling Hidden China

China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom by Richard Baum

China’s Megatrends: The 8 Pillars of a New Society by John Naisbitt and Doris Naisbitt

Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: Entrepreneurship and the State by Yasheng Huang

Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China by James Fallows

When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order by Martin Jacques

The Mind of Empire: China’s History and Modern Foreign Relations by Christopher A. Ford

Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler

Religious Faith and John Rawls

A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith, with “On My Religion” by John Rawls, edied by Thomas Nagel

Reading Obama: Dreams, Hopes and the American Political Tradition by James T. Kloppenberg

Google and Money!

Googled: The End of the World As We Know It by Ken Auletta

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

Contributors

Kwame Anthony Appiah teaches philosophy at Princeton. His latest book is The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen.

 (November 2012)

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)

Christian Caryl is a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and the editor of Foreign Policy’s Democracy Lab website. His latest book is Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century.

John Cassidy is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author, most recently, of How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities.
 (May 2014)

Dan Chiasson’s fourth collection of poetry is Bicentennial.
 (September 2014)

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.”


Hugh Eakin is a senior editor at The New York Review, where he also edits the Review’s online daily magazine, the NYRblog. He has reported for the Review from several countries in Arabia and the Levant. (Fall 2014)

Robert Gottlieb has been Editor in Chief of Simon and Schuster, Knopf, and The New Yorker. His most recent book is Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens.

 (October 2014)

Joshua Hammer is a former Newsweek bureau chief and correspondent-at-large in Africa and the Middle East. His new book, Taking Timbuktu, will be published next year. His report in this issue was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
 (May 2014)

Max Hastings has been the editor of The Daily Telegraph and The Evening Standard. His most recent book, Inferno: The World at War, 1939–1945, was published in November.
 (February 2012)

Michael Hofmann is a poet and translator. He has translated nine books by Joseph Roth and was awarded the PEN translation prize for String of Pearls. His Selected Poems were published in 2010. He lives in London.

Alan Hollinghurst was born in 1954 in Gloucestershire, England, and attended Magdalen College, Oxford. He is the author of the novels The Swimming-Pool Library, The Folding Star (shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Spell, The Line of Beauty, as well as of a translation of the play Bajazet by Racine. A former staff member at The Times Literary Supplement, Hollinghurst is a frequent contributor to that and other publications, including The Guardian. Hollinghurst’s fourth novel, The Line of Beauty, won the Man Booker Prize in 2004 and his fifth novel, The Stranger’s Child, was published last October. He lives in London.

Mark Lilla is Professor of the Humanities at Columbia 
and author of The Stillborn God: Politics, Religion, and the Modern West.



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 collection Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers will be published in the spring of 2013.


She lives in New York.

Jonathan Mirsky is a historian of China and was formerly the East Asia Editor of The Times of London.
 (July 2014)

Charles Petersen, an associate editor at n + 1, has written for The Village Voice, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Wall Street Journal. (December 2010)

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.

Nathaniel Rich’s most recent novel is Odds Against Tomorrow. He lives in New Orleans. (July 2014)

Alan Ryan’s On Tocqueville and On Marx were published this summer. He is a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Stanford this year.

Frederick Seidel’s most recent book of poems is Nice Weather. (October 2014)

Timothy Snyder is Housum Professor of History at Yale and the author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. This month, he is to deliver a Philippe Roman Lecture on the origins of the Holocaust at the London School of Economics. (March 2014)

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast, Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and author of the e-book Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beatles and America, Then and Now.
 (June 2014)

Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown. His latest book is The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States.