Contents


The Civil War Pictures: True or False?

Photography and the American Civil War an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, April 2–September 2, 2013; the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina, September 27, 2013–January 5, 2014; and the New Orleans Museum of Art, January 31–May 4, 2014

Equality and the Roberts Court: Four Decisions

United States v. Windsor
Hollingsworth v. Perry
two cases decided by the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013

Shelby County v. Holder a case decided by the Supreme Court, June 25, 2013

Fisher v. University of Texas a case decided by the Supreme Court, June 24, 2013

The Battle of Britten

Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century by Paul Kildea

Letters from a Life: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, 1913–1976: Volume Six, 1966–1976 edited by Philip Reed and Mervyn Cooke

Britten’s Unquiet Pasts: Sound and Memory in Postwar Reconstruction by Heather Wiebe

Obamacare: How It Should Be Fixed

Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father—and How We Can Fix It by David Goldhill

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us a special report by Steven Brill

The Art of the Phony

Forged: Why Fakes Are the Great Art of Our Age by Jonathon Keats

Art Forgery: The History of a Modern Obsession by Thierry Lenain

Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger by Ken Perenyi

What Future for Israel?

Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Elliott Abrams

The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces Are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and Its Relationship with the United States by Stuart E. Eizenstat

Israel, Jordan, and Palestine: The Two-State Imperative by Asher Susser

Beyond the Two-State Solution: A Jewish Political Essay by Yehouda Shenhav, translated from the Hebrew by Dimi Reider and Efrat Weiss

Why, and What, You Should Know About Central Asia

The Chinese Question in Central Asia: Domestic Order, Social Change and the Chinese Factor by Marlène Laruelle and Sébastien Peyrouse

Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia by Alexander Cooley

Central Asia and Afghanistan: Insulation on the Silk Road, Between Eurasia and the Heart of Asia a report by Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh

Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia by Philip Shishkin

China’s Central Asian Problem a report by the International Crisis Group

Contributors

James Bamford is the author of three books on the NSA, including The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America. (August 2013)

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.

Christopher Benfey is Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author, most recently, of Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay.

 
(October 2014)

April Bernard’s most recent books are Romanticism, a ­collection of poems, and Miss Fuller, a novel. (October 2014)

David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale. His two new books, The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence and Moral Imagination, a collection of his essays, were published earlier this year. (August 2014)

Ian Buruma is the author of many books, including The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan (1995), The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West (1996), Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (2006), and Year Zero: A History of 1945 (2013). He is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among other publications. His new book is a ­collection of essays from these pages, Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the ­Shadows of War. His book Year Zero: A History of 1945 is now out in paperback.

Leo Carey is a senior editor at The New Yorker. (October 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).

Joan Didion is the author of The Year of Magical Thinking and We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction.

Freeman Dyson has spent most of his life as a professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, taking time off to advise the US government and write books for the general public. He was born in England and worked as a civilian scientist for the Royal Air Force during World War II. He came to Cornell University as a graduate student in 1947 and worked with Hans Bethe and Richard Feynman, producing a user-friendly way to calculate the behavior of atoms and radiation. He also worked on nuclear reactors, solid-state physics, ferromagnetism, astrophysics, and biology, looking for problems where elegant mathematics could be usefully applied.

Dyson’s books include Disturbing the Universe (1979), Weapons and Hope (1984), Infinite in All Directions (1988), Origins of Life (1986, second edition 1999), The Sun, the Genome and the Internet (1999), and A Many-Colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe (2010). He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the Royal Society of London. In 2000 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

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 currently leads the Free Speech Debate project at Oxford (freespeechdebate.com) and is writing a book about free speech.


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


William Luers is Director of The Iran Project and Adjunct Professor at SIPA, Columbia University. He was US Ambassador to Venezuela and Czechoslovakia. (August 2013)

Amit Majmudar’s latest collection of poetry is Heaven and Earth. His second novel, The Abundance, was published in March. (August 2013)

Colin McGinn is a philosopher whose books include The ­Character of Mind, The Problem of Consciousness, Consciousness and Its Objects, and The Meaning of Disgust.

 (April 2014)

Suketu Mehta is Associate Professor at the Arthur Carter Journalism Institute at NYU and the author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found. (August 2013)

Thomas R. Pickering was formerly US Under Secretary of State and Ambassador to Russia, Israel, India, Jordan, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the UN. (August 2013)

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)

Arnold Relman (1923–2014) was Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a contributor of many articles and essays to The New York Review. Marcia Angell is a Senior Lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Arnold Relman was her husband.

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

Norman Rush was raised in Oakland, California, and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1956. He has been an antiquarian book dealer, a college instructor, and, with his wife Elsa, he lived and worked in Africa from 1978 to 1983. They now reside in Rockland County, New York. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. Whites, a collection of stories, was published in 1986, and his first novel, Mating, the recipient of the National Book Award, was published in 1991. Mortals is his second novel. A new novel, Subtle Bodies, will be published in September 2013.


Alan Ryan’s On Tocqueville and On Marx were published this summer. He is a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Stanford this year.

Martin Scorsese’s article in this issue was delivered in somewhat different form as the 2013 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. (August 2013)

John Paul Stevens served as a Supreme Court Justice ­between 1975 and 2010. (October 2014)

Nathan Thrall is a Senior Analyst with the Middle East and North Africa Program of the International Crisis Group. 
He lives in Jerusalem.
 (October 2014)

Paul Volcker was the Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Carter and Reagan from 1979 to 1987, and the Chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board under President Obama during 2009 and 2010. (August 2013)

Jim Walsh is on the faculty of the MIT Security Studies Program and Political Science Department. He was previously Executive Director of the Managing the Atom Project at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. (August 2013)

Edmund White has written biographies of Jean Genet, Marcel Proust, and Arthur Rimbaud. He has also written several novels; the most recent is Jack Holmes and His Friend: A Novel. He teaches creative writing at Princeton. His latest book, States of Desire Revisited: Travels in Gay America, has just been published.