What Else, Indeed?

The Long Fuse: An Interpretation of the Origins of World War I by Laurence Lafore

The Great Departure: The United States and World War I, 1914-1920 by Daniel M. Smith

The Great War 1914-1918: A Pictorial History by John Terraine

In Russia’s Museums

The Hermitage Museum, Leningrad by Pierre Descargues

Great Paintings from the Pushkin Museum, Moscow by K.M. Malitskava

Medieval Georgian Enamels of Russia by Shalva Amiranahvili

The Art and Artists of Russia by Richard Hare

Bird Reading

A New Dictionary of Birds edited by A. Landsborough Thomson

The World of Birds by James Fisher and Roger Tory Peterson

The Birds of Arizona by Allan Phillips and Joe Marshall and Gale Monson, illustrated by George Miksch Sutton, with photographs in color by Eliot Porter

Birds of Prey of the World by Mary Louise Grossman and John Hamlet, with photographs by Shelly Grossman

The Bird Watcher’s America edited by Olin Sewall Pettingill Jr., illustrated by John Henry Dick


W.H. Auden (1907–1973) was an English poet, playwright, and essayist who lived and worked in the United States for much of the second half of his life. His work, from his early strictly metered verse, and plays written in collaboration with Christopher Isherwood, to his later dense poems and penetrating essays, represents one of the major achievements of twentieth-century literature.

Elizabeth Hardwick (1916–2007) was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and educated at the University of Kentucky and Columbia University. A recipient of a Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is the author of three novels, a biography of Herman Melville, and four collections of essays. She was a co-founder and advisory editor of The New York Review of Books and contributed more than one hundred reviews, articles, reflections, and letters to the magazine. NYRB Classics publishes Sleepless Nights, a novel, and Seduction and Betrayal, a study of women in literature.

Francis Haskell (1928-2000) was an English art historian. His works include Patrons and Painters: Art and Society in Baroque Italyand History and its Images: Art and the Interpretation of the Past. Haskell taught at Oxford.

Walter Laqueur is a historian of Europe and the Middle East. He has taught at Brandeis, Georgetown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and the University of Chicago.

Robert Lowell (1917–1977) was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Life Studies, For the Union Dead, and The Dolphin are among his many volumes of verse. He was a co-founder of and contributor to The New York Review of Books.

Robert Mazzocco (1932–2017) was an American poet and critic.

I.F. Stone (1907–1989) was an American journalist and publisher whose self-published newsletter, I.F. Stone’s Weekly, challenged the conservatism of American journalism in the midcentury. A Noncomformist History of Our Times (1989) is a six-volume anthology of Stone’s writings.

A.J.P. Taylor (1906–1990) was a British diplomatic historian.