Contents


The Cult of Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, June 27–October 19, 2014; the Centre Pompidou, Paris, November 26, 2014–April 27, 2015; and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, June 5–September 27, 2015

Iraq: The Outlaw State

Frankenstein fi Baghdad [Frankenstein in Baghdad] by Ahmed Saadawi

The Corpse Washer by Sinan Antoon, translated from the Arabic by the author

The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq by Hassan Blasim, translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright

The Struggle for Iraq’s Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy by Zaid al-Ali

The Gardens of Their Dreams

Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and the Women Who Designed Them an exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden, May 17–September 7, 2014

The Mythology of Plants: Botanical Lore from Ancient Greece and Rome by Annette Giesecke

Pleasures of the Garden: A Literary Anthology edited by Christina Hardyment

The Gardens of the British Working Class by Margaret Willes

The Plant Hunters: The Adventures of the World’s Greatest Botanical Explorers by Carolyn Fry

The Golden Age of Botanical Art by Martyn Rix

Valhalla in Bloomsbury

Vikings: Life and Legend an exhibition at the National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, June 22–November 17, 2013; the British Museum, London, March 6–June 22, 2014; and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, September 10, 2014–January 4, 2015

The Viking Ship by Gareth Williams

The Age of the Vikings by Anders Winroth

The Chinese Invade Africa

China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa by Howard W. French

China’s Congo Plan: What the Economic Superpower Sees in the World’s Poorest Nation by Jacob Kushner

Why the Experts Missed the Recession

FOMC: Transcripts and Other Historical Materials, 2008 available at federalreserve.gov

“There Will Be Growth in the Spring”: How Well Do Economists Predict Turning Points? by Hites Ahir and Prakash Loungani

Can the Fed Predict the State of the Economy? by Tara M. Sinclair, Fred Joutz, and H.O. Stekler

House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession, and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again by Atif Mian and Amir Sufi

Facts and Challenges from the Great Recession for Forecasting and Macroeconomic Modeling by Serena Ng and Jonathan H. Wright

Contributors

April Bernard’s most recent books are Miss Fuller, a novel, and Brawl & Jag, a collection of poems. (November 2017)

Terry Castle is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the ­Humanities at Stanford. Her artworks can be seen on her blog, Fevered Brain Productions. Her most recent book is The Professor and Other Writings.

Dan Chiasson’s fourth collection of poetry is Bicentennial. He teaches at Wellesley. (June 2017)

Eric Christiansen is a Fellow Emeritus of New College, ­Oxford, and the author of The Northern Crusades. (July 2015)

Anna Somers Cocks was the Founding Editor of The Art Newspaper and is CEO of its publishers, U. Allemandi & Co. Publishing Ltd. 
She was Chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund from 1999 to 2012. (September 2014)

David Cole is the National Legal Director of the ACLU and the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center. The paperback edition of his book Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed has just been published. (December 2017)

Lewis B. Cullman is a retired business owner and philanthropist who serves on many not-for-profit boards. He is the author of Can’t Take It with You: The Art of Making and Giving Money. (July 2016)

Carl Djerassi is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Stanford and recipient of the National Medal of Science for the first synthesis of an oral contraceptive. His latest book, In Retrospect: From the Pill to the Pen, will be published in November.
 (September 2014)

Elizabeth Drew is a regular contributor to The New York Review. She is the author of fourteen books, including Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall, which was expanded and reissued in 2014. (June 2017)

Robin Lane Fox is an Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford. He has been the weekly gardening columnist of the Financial Times since 1970. His Augustine: Conversions and Confessions will be published in 2015.
 (January 2015)

Michael Gorra’s books include Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece and The Bells in Their Silence: Travels through Germany. He teaches English at Smith. (September 2017)

Michael Ignatieff is President of Central European University in Budapest. His books include Isaiah Berlin: A Life and The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror.
 (April 2017)

Ian Johnson reports from Beijing and Berlin. His new book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, was published in April. He received the 2016 Shorenstein Journalism Award. (October 2017)

Adam Kirsch is a poet and critic. His most recent book is The Global Novel: Writing the World in the 21st Century. (June 2017)

Joseph Lelyveld’s most recent book is His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt. (November 2017)

Nicholas Lemann is a Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a staff writer at The New Yorker. His books include The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy and The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America. (June 2017)

Jeff Madrick is the Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative at the Century Foundation and Editor of Challenge. His most recent book is Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Damaged America and the World.
 (June 2017)

Daniel Mendelsohn, a longtime contributor to The New York Review, teaches at Bard. His new memoir, An Odyssey: A ­Father, a Son, and an Epic, will be published in September.
 (April 2017)

Jed Perl’s Calder: The Conquest of Time, the first volume of his biography of the American sculptor, has just been published.
 (October 2017)

Francine Prose is a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bard. Her most recent book is the novel Mister Monkey. (October 2017)

Max Rodenbeck is the Middle East Bureau Chief of The Economist. (December 2015)

Ingrid D. Rowland is a Professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway. Her latest book is The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art, cowritten with Noah Charney. (December 2017)

Assaf Sharon is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University. He is the cochair of Molad: The Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy.
 (September 2015)

Geoffrey Wheatcroft is the author of The Controversy of Zion, The Strange Death of Tory England, and Yo, Blair! (October 2016)