Contents


The Agony of Syria

The Syrian Rebellion by Fouad Ajami

Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad by David W. Lesch

A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution by Samar Yazbek, translated from the Arabic by Max Weiss

The City’s Their Stage

Diller + Scofidio: Blurred Theater by Antonello Marotta, with a preface by Antonino Saggio

Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Inside-Out, and Still Lincoln Center Bologna: Damiani; distributed in the US by DAP/Distributed Art Publishers,

Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston with photographs by Iwan Baan and a foreword by Jill Medvedow

Can Romney Get a Majority?

Trends in American Values: 1987–2012: Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior edited by Jan E. Leighley

Are Hackers Heroes?

DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You by Misha Glenny

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick with William L. Simon

We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency by Parmy Olson

Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power by David E. Sanger

Our Romance With Guns

Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America by Adam Winkler

The City That Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control by Franklin E. Zimring

Don’t Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America by David M. Kennedy

Block Obama!

The Obamas by Jodi Kantor

It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

The Return of ‘The Runaway General’

The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by Michael Hastings

Holidays in Hell by P.J. O’Rourke

Holidays in Heck by P.J. O’Rourke

The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan by Gregory Feifer

The Afghan Solution: The Inside Story of Abdul Haq, the CIA and How Western Hubris Lost Afghanistan by Lucy Morgan Edwards

The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military by Dana Priest

The Hidden War: A Russian Journalist’s Account of the Soviet War in Afghanistan by Artyom Borovik

Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War by Svetlana Alexievich

Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman

Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq by Linda Robinson

China’s Lost Decade

China Airborne by James Fallows

Demystifying the Chinese Economy by Justin Yifu Lin

Sustaining China’s Economic Growth After the Global Financial Crisis by Nicholas R. Lardy

Contributors

Jeremy Bernstein’s books include Plutonium: A History of the World’s Most Dangerous Element and Nuclear Weapons: What You Need to Know. His latest book is A Palette of Particles.
 (November 2013)

Christopher Carroll is Assistant Editor at The New York Review. His writing has appeared in The New Republic and The New Yorker.
 (September 2012)

Michael Chabon is the author of several books, including The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son and most recently, Telegraph Avenue.

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

David Cole is the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at 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).

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.

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.


Andrew Hacker teaches political science and mathematics 
at Queens College. His new book, The Math Myth, will appear in the spring. (October 2014)

Jacob Hacker is Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale. (September 2012)

Sue Halpern, a regular contributor to The New York Review on the subject of technology, is scholar-in-residence at Middlebury. Her most recent book is A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home.
 (November 2014)

Hank Heifetz is a poet and translator from Spanish, Sanskrit, and Tamil.
 (June 2013)

Zoë Heller is the author of Everything You Know, Notes on a Scandal, and The Believers. (December 2014)

François Hollande is the President of France. His memoir Changer de Destin was published in February 2012.

Jim Holt writes about science and philosophy. His latest book is Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story.
 (December 2013)

Ian Johnson is a correspondent for The New York Times in Beijing. He is writing a book on Chinese beliefs and values. (December 2014)

Ezra Klein is a columnist for The Washington Post, where he edits the Wonkblog, and a contributor to MSNBC and Bloomberg View.

 (September 2012)

Enrique Krauze is the author of Redeemers: Ideas and Power in Latin America. He is Editor in Chief of the magazine Letras Libres and was, for twenty years, Deputy Editor of Vuelta, whose editor was Octavio Paz. (June 2013)

Nick Laird’s new book of poetry is Go Giants. (November 2014)


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.

Thomas Nagel is University Professor Emeritus at NYU. His latest book is Mind and Cosmos. (October 2014)

Geoffrey O’Brien is Editor in Chief of the Library of America. His most recent book is Stolen Glimpses, Captive ­Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002–2012.


Joyce Carol Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Professor in the Lewis Arts Center at Princeton. Her newest story ­collection is Lovely, Dark, Deep.


Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. Their book Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class was published in 2010. (September 2012)

Ahmed Rashid is the author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and several books on Afghanistan and Central Asia. (June 2014)

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

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

George Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC and the Open Society Foundations. (November 2014)

Jenny Uglow’s most recent book is The Pinecone: The Story of Sarah Losh.
 (April 2014)

Helen Vendler is the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor in the Department of English at Harvard. Her most recent book is Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries.
 (June 2014)