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


Jeremy Bernstein’s books include Plutonium: A History of the World’s Most Dangerous Element , Nuclear Weapons: What You Need to Know and A Palette of Particles.
 His latest book is Nuclear Iran (October, 2014).

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 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).

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 and Other STEM ­Delusions, will appear next March.
 (July 2015)

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 is a regular contributor to The New York ­Review and a Scholar-in-Residence at Middlebury. Her latest book is A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home.

 (October 2015)

Hank Heifetz is a poet, novelist, and translator from Spanish, Sanskrit, and Tamil.
 (April 2015)

Zoë Heller is the author of Everything You Know, Notes on a Scandal, and The Believers. (April 2015)

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

Jim Holt’s most recent book is Why Does the World Exist? (September 2015)

Ian Johnson writes from Beijing and Berlin. He is writing a book on China’s beliefs and values. (May 2015)

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 and Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Letras Libres, published in Mexico City. (April 2015)

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

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 ­seventh collection of poetry, In a Mist, was published in March 2015.

Joyce Carol Oates’s memoir The Lost Landscape is published this October 2015.

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. He lives in Lahore. (April 2015)

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. (September 2015)

George Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC and the Open Society Foundations. (October 2015)

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. The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar, a collection of her later essays, has just been published.
 (June 2015)