The Way Out of the Slump

The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics: Lessons from Japan’s Great Recession by Richard C. Koo

Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy by Raghuram G. Rajan

Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance by Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm

In the Life of ‘The Wire’

The Wire a television series created by David Simon

The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television edited by Tiffany Potter and C.W. Marshall

The Wire: Truth Be Told by Rafael Alvarez, with an introduction by David Simon

The Fierce Emotions of Siena

Marco Romano e il contesto artistico senese fra Duecento e Trecento (Marco Romano and the Sienese Artistic Context Between the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries) an exhibition at the Museo Civico, Archeologico e della Collegiata, Casole d'Elsa, March 27–October 3, 2010

Da Jacopo della Quercia a Donatello: Le arti a Siena nel primo Rinascimento (From Jacopo della Quercia to Donatello: Sienese Art in the Early Renaissance) an exhibition held at Santa Maria della Scala, Siena, March 26–July 11, 2010

Sassetta: The Borgo San Sepolcro Altarpiece edited by Machtelt Israëls

The Hard Truth About the Foreign Legion

Our Friends Beneath the Sands: The Foreign Legion in France’s Colonial Conquests, 1870–1935 by Martin Windrow

Voices of the Foreign Legion: The History of the World’s Most Famous Fighting Corps by Adrian D. Gilbert

What to Do About Guantánamo?

The Guantánamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison Outside the Law edited by Mark P. Denbeaux and Jonathan Hafetz

Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror by Charles Fried and Gregory Fried

The Guantánamo Review Task Force Final Report

Germany: The Poet After the Fall

The Bars of Atlantis: Selected Essays by Durs Grünbein, edited by Michael Eskin and translated from the German by John Crutchfield, Michael Hofmann, and Andrew Shields

Descartes’ Devil: Three Meditations by Durs Grünbein, translated from the German by Anthea Bell

Ashes for Breakfast: Selected Poems by Durs Grünbein, translated from the German by Michael Hofmann


Ian Buruma is the author of The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West (1996), Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (2006), Year Zero: A History of 1945 (2013), and Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War (2014), winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. He is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among other publications. His new book, Their ­Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War, will be published in January 2016.

Andrew Butterfield is President of Andrew ­Butterfield Fine Arts. He is the author of The Sculptures of Andrea del Verrocchio, among other books.
 (April 2015)

Dan Chiasson’s fourth collection of poetry is Bicentennial.
 (September 2015)

David Cole is the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is the author of several books, including The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable (2009), Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror (with Jules Lobel, 2007) and Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism (2003).

Samuel Freeman is the Avalon Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy and of Law at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his books are Justice and the Social Contract and Rawls. (July 2014)

Howard W. French is an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and was for many years a New York Times correspondent. His most recent book is A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa. (December 2010)

Jeffrey Gettleman is East Africa bureau chief for The New York Times. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize this year for international reporting from Somalia and Sudan. (August 2012)

Max Hastings is the author of many books on military history, including, most recently, Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War. His new book, The Secret War, will be published next year.
 (October 2015)

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. She is the author of Lulu in Marrakech 
and Le Divorce, among other novels. Her most recent book is 
Flyover Lives.

Walter Kaiser was formerly Director of Villa I Tatti, the ­Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. (October 2015)

Adam Kirsch is director of the master’s program in Jewish Studies at Columbia. His new book of poetry, Emblems of the Passing World: Poems After Photographs by August Sander, has just been published. (December 2015)

Paul Krugman is a columnist for The New York Times and Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2008.
 (December 2015)

Nick Laird’s third collection of poetry is Go Giants. (April 2015)

Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick is the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington and a consultant to Catholic Relief Services.
 (October 2010)

Lorrie Moore is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University and the author of the story collections Birds of America, Like Life, and Self-Help and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Anagrams. Her most recent collection of stories is Bark.

Andrew O’Hagan’s new novel, The Illuminations, was published earlier this year. (December 2015)

H. Allen Orr is University Professor and Shirley Cox ­Kearns Professor of Biology at the University of Rochester. He is the 
author, with Jerry A. Coyne, of Speciation.

 (March 2015)

Darryl Pinckney, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of a novel, High Cotton, and, in the Alain Locke Lecture Series, Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. His new novel, Black Deutschland, will be published in February 2016.

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.

Graham Robb is the author of biographies of Balzac, Hugo, and Rimbaud. His latest book is The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts.
 (December 2013)

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.

Timothy Snyder is the Housum Professor of History at Yale. 
His essay in the September 24, 2015 issue is drawn from his new book, Black Earth: The ­Holocaust as History and Warning, published in September 2015 by Tim Duggan Books, an imprint of Random House.

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.

Nathan Thrall is a Senior Analyst with the Middle East and North Africa Program of the International Crisis Group. 
He lives in Jerusalem.
 (October 2014)

Robin Wells is the coauthor, along with Paul Krugman, of Economics and has taught economics at Princeton, Stanford Business School, and MIT.
 (July 2012)

Jonathan Zimmerman is Professor of Education and History at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. His new book is Too Hot to Handle: A Global History of Sex Education. (March 2015)