Contents


War of All Against All

The Impossible Revolution: Making Sense of the Syrian Tragedy by Yassin al-Haj Saleh, with a foreword by Robin Yassin-Kassab

The Caliphate at War: Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State by Ahmed S. Hashim

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria by Wendy Pearlman

Destroying a Nation: The Civil War in Syria by Nikolaos Van Dam

The Steely Connoisseur

21 rue La Boétie an exhibition at the Musée de La Boverie de Liège, September 22, 2016–February 19, 2017; and the Musée Maillol, Paris, March 2–July 23, 2017

The Pity of It All

The Vietnam War a documentary directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

The Vietnam War: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward, with an introduction by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

The Last Slaves in Mauritania

Prêcher dans le désert: Islam politique et changement social en Mauritanie [Preaching in the Desert: Political Islam and Social Change in Mauritania] by Zekeria Ould Ahmed Salem

The True Story of Lu Xun

Jottings Under Lamplight by Lu Xun, edited by Eileen J. Cheng and Kirk A. Denton

A New Literary History of Modern China edited by David Der-wei Wang

The Tribunes of Discontent

Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics by Nicole Hemmer

Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle by Jeff Flake

The Working-Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism by Henry Olsen

Contributors

Colin B. Bailey is Director of the Morgan Library and Museum. His books include Patriotic Taste: Collecting Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary Paris, which was awarded the 2004 Mitchell Prize, and Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting. (November 2017)

Geremie Barmé was the Founding Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University and is the Editor of China Heritage. His books include The Forbidden City (Wonders of the World) and In the Red: On Contemporary Chinese Culture. (November 2017)

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

Christian Caryl is the Editor of the DemocracyPost blog at The Washington Post and the author of Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the Twenty-first Century. (November 2017)

Clare Cavanagh is Frances Hooper Professor in the Arts and Humanities and Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern.
 (November 2017)

Frances FitzGerald’s books include Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam and, most recently, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America. (November 2017)

Lindsey Hilsum is International Editor of Britain’s Channel 4 News and the author of Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution. She is currently writing a biography of Marie Colvin, a war correspondent killed in Syria.
 (November 2017)

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is the author of Island People: The Caribbean and the World and a visiting scholar at the Institute of Public Knowledge at NYU.
 (November 2017)

Ryszard Krynicki codirects the publishing house a5 in Krakow and in 2015 received the Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Prize. A reissue of his 1978 collection Our Life Grows will be published by New York Review Books in November. His poem in this issue is drawn from Magnetic Point: Selected Poems, translated by Clare Cavanagh, which will be published in November by New ­Directions. (November 2017)

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

Jessica T. Mathews was President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 1997 until 2015 and is now a Distinguished Fellow there. She has served in the State Department and on the National Security Council staff in the White House.
 (November 2017)

Benjamin Nathans is Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is completing To the Success of Our Hopeless Cause, a history of the Soviet dissident movement.
 (November 2017)

Max Nelson is on the editorial staff of the New York Review. (November 2017)

James Oakes is a Distinguished Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center. His most recent book is The Scorpion’s Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of Civil War.
 (November 2017)

Caryl Phillips’s eleventh novel, A View of the Empire at Sunset, will be published next year.
 (November 2017)

Jed S. Rakoff is a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. (November 2017)

Charles Simic has been Poet Laureate of the United States. His latest book is Scribbled in the Dark, a volume of poetry. (November 2017)

Alexander Stille is San Paolo Professor of International Journalism at Columbia. His most recent book is a memoir, The Force of Things: A Marriage in War and Peace. (November 2017)

Sam Tanenhaus’s books include The Death of Conservatism and Whittaker Chambers. He is writing a biography of William F. Buckley Jr. and is the US Writer at Large for Prospect. (November 2017)

Natasha Walter is the founder of the charity Women for Refugee Women and the author, most recently, of A Quiet Life.
 (November 2017)

David Yaffe is Professor of Humanities at Syracuse University. His latest book, Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, has just been published. (November 2017)