The Wrong Leonardo?

Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan an exhibition at the National Gallery, London, November 9, 2011–February 5, 2012

The Mother Courage of Rock

Patti Smith: Camera Solo an exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, October 21, 2011–February 19, 2012

Woolgathering by Patti Smith

Auguries of Innocence by Patti Smith

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Patti Smith 1969–1976 photographs by Judy Linn, with an afterword by Patti Smith

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever by Will Hermes

Our Secret American Security State

Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin

Intelligence and US Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform by Paul R. Pillar

Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda by Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker

Afghanistan: The Best Way to Peace

Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979–89 by Rodric Braithwaite

A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan by Artemy M. Kalinovsky

Killing the Cranes: A Reporter’s Journey Through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan by Edward Girardet

Ghosts of Afghanistan: Hard Truths and Foreign Myths by Jonathan Steele

The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers by Peter Tomsen

Afghanistan and Pakistan: Conflict, Extremism, and Resistance to Modernity by Riaz Mohammad Khan

Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan US Department of Defense

Decoding the New Taliban: Insights from the Afghan Field edited by Antonio Giustozzi

An Enemy We Created: The Myth of the Taliban/Al Qaeda Merger in Afghanistan, 1970–2010 by Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn

On the Minds of the Whales

The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century by D. Graham Burnett

The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives by Diana Reiss

The Book From Which Our Literature Springs

Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible by Robert Alter

The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes translated from the Hebrew and with commentary by Robert Alter

The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book by Timothy Beal

The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible by Harold Bloom

Bible: The Story of the King James Version, 1611–2011 by Gordon Campbell

The Apocryphal Gospels: Texts and Translations edited by Bart D. Ehrman and Zlatko Pleše

On Eagles’ Wings: The King James Bible Turns 400 edited by Liana Lupas

Manifold Greatness: The Making of the King James Bible edited by Helen Moore and Julian Reid

Majestie: The King Behind the King James Bible by David Teems

Latin America: The Battleground of Art

Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 6, 2011–January 29, 2012, and the Museo Nacional de Historia, Mexico City, July 6–October 7, 2012

Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World edited by Ilona Katzew


Charles Baxter is the Edelstein-Keller Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. His new book is There’s Something I Want You to Do: Stories, to be published in February 2015. (December 2014)

Daniela Bleichmar is Assistant Professor of Art History and History at the University of Southern California. Her book Visible Empire: Colonial Botany and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment will be published in March.
 (February 2012)

David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale. His biography, The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence, and a collection of his essays, Moral Imagination, were published last year.
 (November 2015)

Steve Coll is Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.

 (April 2015)

Andrew Delbanco is Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia. His most recent book is College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be. (July 2015)

Tim Flannery’s new book, Atmosphere of Hope: ­Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis, will be published in October. (October 2015)

Max Frankel is a former correspondent and editor of The New York Times. His most recent book is High Noon in the Cold War: Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Michael Greenberg is the author of Hurry Down Sunshine and Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life.
(July 2015)

Alma Guillermoprieto is a frequent contributor to The New York Review, often writing on Latin America. (January 2015)

Robert Pogue Harrison is Rosina Pierotti Professor in ­Italian Literature at Stanford. His most recent book is Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age.
 (October 2015)

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)

Charles Hope was Director of the Warburg Institute, London, from 2001 to 2010. He is the author of Titian.

Simon Leys (1935–2014) was the pen name of Pierre Ryckmans, who was born in Belgium and settled in Australia in 1970. He taught Chinese literature at the Australian Na­tional University and was Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney from 1987 to 1993. Leys was a contributor to such publications as The New York Review of Books, Le Monde, and Le Figaro Littéraire, writing on literature and contemporary China. Among his books are Chinese Shadows, Other People’s Thoughts, and The Wreck of the Batavia & Prosper. In addition to The Death of Napoleon NYRB publishes The Hall of Uselessness, a collection of essays, and On the Abolition of All Political Parties, an essay by Simone Weil that Leys translated and edited. His many awards include the Prix Renaudot, the Prix Femina, the Prix Guizot, and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction.

Anatol Lieven is a Professor in the War Studies Department of King’s College London and a Senior Fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry.

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

Charles Rosen was a pianist and music critic. In 2011 he was awarded a National Humanities Medal.

Luc Sante is the author of Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, and Folk Photography. He has translated Félix Fénéon’s Novels in Three Lines and written the introduction to George Simenon’s The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (both available as NYRB Classics). He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College. His essay in the October 22, 2015 issue is drawn from his new book, The Other Paris, to be published in October by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Paul Wilson’s translation of Bohumil Hrabal’s early stories, Mr. Kafka and Other Tales from the Time of the Cult, is published this month. (November 2015)