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The ‘Stalker’ Game

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl a video game by GSC Game World

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky a video game by GSC Game World

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat a video game by GSC Game World

Surprising Young Lucian

Lucian Freud Drawings an exhibition at Blain/Southern, London, February 17–April 5, 2012, and Acquavella Galleries, New York City, May 1–June 9, 2012

Mothers Beware!

The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women by Elisabeth Badinter

Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman

Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood by Anne Enright

So Deep in the Dark

Five Noir Novels of the 1940s & 50s: Dark Passage, Nightfall, The Burglar, The Moon in the Gutter, Street of No Return by David Goodis, edited by Robert Polito

Real Cool

Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, May 23–September 3, 2012; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., October 14, 2012–January 13, 2013; Tate Modern, London,

Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune an exhibition at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, February 1–May 20, 2012

Obama & Health Care: The Straight Story

Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform by Paul Starr

Inside National Health Reform by John E. McDonough

Fighting for Our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States by Richard Kirsch

Stalin & Hitler: Mass Murder by Starvation

Wielki Terror: operacja polska 1937–1938 [The Great Terror: The Polish Operation, 1937–1938] edited by Jerzy Bednarek and others

Deutsche Besatzungspolitik in Litauen 1941–1944 [German Occupation Policies in Lithuania, 1941–1944] by Christoph Dieckmann

Leningrad: The Epic Siege of World War II, 1941–1944 by Anna Reid

The Road: Stories, Journalism, and Essays by Vasily Grossman, edited by Robert Chandler, translated from the Russian by Elizabeth Chandler, Robert Chandler, and Olga Mukovnikova

Mr. Madison’s Weird War

1812: The Navy’s War by George C. Daughan

James Madison by Richard Brookhiser

James Madison: Son of Virginia and a Founder of the Nation by Jeff Broadwater

Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War: America’s First Couple and the Second War of Independence by Hugh Howard

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.

Gail Collins is a columnist for The New York Times. Her article in this issue appears in somewhat different form in her new book As Texas Goes …: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, published this month by Liveright.
 (June 2012)

David Brion Davis is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale and Director Emeritus of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. He is the author of Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World.

Martin Filler’s latest book, Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II, has been long-listed for the 2014 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Filler was born in 1948 and received degrees in art history from Columbia University. He has been a contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1985 and his writing on modern architecture has been published in more than thirty journals, magazines, and newspapers in the US, Europe, and Japan. His first collection of New York Review essays, Makers of Modern Architecture, was published in 2007. Filler is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He and his wife, the architectural historian Rosemarie Haag Bletter, live in New York and Southampton.

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.

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 forthcoming book is Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Econ­omists Damaged America and the World, to be published in the fall of 2014.

Hilary Mantel is an English novelist, short story writer, and critic. Her novel, Wolf Hall, won the Man Booker Prize in 2009.

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

Steven Mithen is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Early ­Prehistory at the University of Reading. His books include The Singing Neanderthals, The Prehistory of the Mind, and, most recently, Thirst: Water and Power in the Ancient World.

 (April 2014)

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

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

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

Israel Rosenfield and Edward B. Ziff’s most recent book is DNA: A Graphic Guide to the Molecule That Shook the World. They are completing a book about the brain. Rosenfield is also completing a graphic novel illustrated by Fiammetta Ghedini. (June 2012)

Alan Ryan’s collected essays The Making of Modern Liberalism and his two-volume work On Politics: A History of Political Thought were published last year.

Michael Scammell, the author of biographies of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Arthur Koestler, is working on a new translation of Crime and Punishment. (July 2014)

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

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

Garry Wills is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern. His new book, Making Make-Believe Real: Politics as Theater in Shakespeare’s Time, will be published in the summer 2014.

Gabriel Winslow-Yost is Assistant Editor at The New York Review. (December 2012)

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.

Edward Ziff and Israel Rosenfield’s most recent book is DNA: A Graphic Guide to the Molecule That Shook the World. They are completing a book about the brain. (June 2012)