Contents


The Art of Our Terrible War

The Civil War and American Art an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., November 16, 2012–April 28, 2013, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, May 21–September 2, 2013

Vichy Lives!—In a Way

L’Héritage de Vichy: Ces 100 mesures toujours en vigueur [The Heritage of Vichy: One Hundred Measures That Are Still in Force] by Cécile Desprairies, with a preface by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie

Scientology: The Story

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill, with Lisa Pulitzer

Contributors

Joseph Brodsky (1940–1996) was a Russian poet and essayist. Born in Leningrad, Brodsky moved to the United States when he was exiled from Russia in 1972. His poetry collections include A Part of Speech andTo Urania; his essay collections include Less Than One, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Watermark. In 1987, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He served as US Poet Laureate from 1991 to 1992.

Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian at Harvard. His latest book is Poetry and the Police: Communication Networks in Eighteenth-Century Paris.


Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford. He has just published, with Edward Mortimer and Kerem Öktem, Freedom in Diversity: Ten Lessons for Public Policy from Britain, Canada, France, Germany and the United States.


Robert Pogue Harrison is Rosina Pierotti Professor in Italian Literature at Stanford. He is the author of The Body of Beatrice, among other books.
 (October 2013)

Zakhar Ishov is completing a doctoral dissertation on Joseph Brodsky and Italy. (April 2013)

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. Her books include Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce. Her new book, Flyover Lives, will be published in January 2014.

Mark Lilla is Professor of the Humanities at Columbia 
and author of The Stillborn God: Politics, Religion, and the Modern West.



Roderick Macfarquhar is Leroy B. Williams Research Professor of History and Political Science at Harvard. His most recent publication as editor and contributor is The Politics of China: Sixty Years of the People’s Republic of China. (March 2014)

Glyn Maxwell’s books include A Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected ­Poems and On Poetry, which is available in England and will be published in the US in the fall.
 (April 2013)

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.

Pankaj Mishra lives in London and India. He is the author of The Romantics, winner of the Los Angeles Times’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and The Guardian. Mishra’s recent books include Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond and From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia.

Fintan O’Toole is Literary Editor of The Irish Times and Leonard L. Milberg Visiting Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton. His latest book is A History of Ireland in 100 Objects. (December 2013)

Robert O. Paxton, Mellon Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus at Columbia, is a lifelong birder. He is a former president of the Linnaean Society of New York and a regional editor of North American Birds magazine.
 He is the author of The Anatomy of Fascism, among other works.


Francine Prose is a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bard. Her new novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, will be published next spring, 2014.


Cathleen Schine is the author of several novels, including Rameau’s Niece, The Love Letter, She is Me, The New Yorkers, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Her latest novel, Fin & Lady, was published in July 2013. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.

Sanford Schwartz’s reviews have been collected in The Art Presence and Artists and Writers. (April 2014)

Jim Sterba’s book Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds was published last November. (April 2013)

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast and Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. He is the author of the e-book Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beatles and America, Then and Now. (May 2014)

Florence Williams is a Contributing Editor at Outside Magazine. Her book Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History was published last year.
 (April 2013)

Robert Winter, Distinguished Professor of Music and holder of the Presidential Chair in Music and Interactive Arts at UCLA, is currently preparing for release Music in the Air, the first completely interactive history of Western music. He contributed to the article on performing practice in The New Grove Dictionary of Music.
 (April 2014)