Truman and the Beast

The Politics of Fear: Joseph R. McCarthy and the Senate by Robert Griffith

The Politics of Loyalty: The White House and the Communist Issue, 1946-1952 by Alan D. Harper

Seeds of Repression: Harry S. Truman and the Origins of McCarthyism by Athan Theoharis

In the Bowels of Behemoth

TFX Contract Investigation Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Report of the Committee on Government Operations made by its

The War Profiteers by Richard F. Kaufman

The Military Establishment: Its Impact on American Society by Adam Yarmolinsky

The Pentagon Watchers: Students Report on the National Security State edited by Leonard S. Rodberg, edited by Derek Shearer

How Much is Enough? Shaping the Defense Program by Alain C. Enthoven and K. Wayne Smith

Has Sociology a Future?

The Coming Crisis of Western Sociology by Alvin W. Gouldner

Recent Sociology No. 1 edited by Hans Peter Dreitzel

Embattled Reason: Essays on Social Knowledge by Reinhard Bendix

Sociology in its Place and Other Essays by W.G. Runciman

End of the Line

Last Things by C.P. Snow

Flats by Rudolph Wurlitzer

Dunfords Travels Everywheres by William Melvin Kelley

Blue Movie by Terry Southern


Noel Annan (1916–2000) was a British military intelligence officer and scholar of European history. His works include Leslie Stephen and Our Age, Changing Enemies: The Defeat and Regeneration of Germany, and The Curious Strength of Positivism in English Political Thought.

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.

Robert Coles is a psychiatrist and writer. Until recently, he was the Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard. His many books include The Moral Intelligence of Children and Bruce Springsteen’s America: The People Listening, a Poet Singing. Coles received a Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for Children of Crisis, a MacArthur Award in 1981, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998, and the National Humanities Medal in 2001.

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.

Ted Hughes’s translation of Racine’s Phèdre will be staged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in January and published that month. His translation of the complete Oresteia, of which the poem in this issue is the opening, will be staged by the National Theatre in England and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in June. His last book was Birthday Letters. He died on October 28. (December 1998)

Murray Kempton (1917-1997) was a columnist for Newsday, as well as a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. His books include Rebellions, Perversities, and Main Events and The Briar Patch, as well as Part of Our Time. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985.

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.

Michael Wood is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton. His most recent book is On Empson.