Officers and Gentlemen

The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle by J. Glenn Gray

Military Men by Ward Just

The Years of MacArthur Volume I: 1880-1941 by D. Clayton James

The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower: The War Years edited by Alfred D. Chandler Jr.

Dear General: Eisenhower’s Wartime Letters to Marshall edited by Joseph Patrick Hobbs

The Supreme Commander: The War Years of General Dwight D. Eisenhower by Stephen E. Ambrose

At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends by Dwight D. Eisenhower

Pentagon Capitalism: The Political Economy of War by Seymour Melman

The Military-Industrial Complex by Sidney Lens

Waiting for the End

The Gulf by Derek Walcott

The Carrier of Ladders by W.S. Merwin

Darker by Mark Strand

The Country of a Thousand Years of Peace by James Merrill

The Whispering Roots and Other Poems by C. Day-Lewis

Collecting Evidence by Hugh Seidman

Baby Breakdown by Anne Waldman

Below the Bench

Decision by Richard Harris

To the Victor: Political Patronage from the Clubhouse to the White House by Martin Tolchin and Susan Tolchin


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.

Denis Donoghue is Emeritus University Professor of English and American Letters at NYU. (April 2016)

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.

Philip Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey, which has served as the setting for many of his novels. He won the National Book Award for his first book, Goodbye, Columbus, and for Sabbath’s Theater, the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral, and three PEN/Faulkner awards, for Operation Shylock, The Human Stain, and Everyman.

Roger Sale is a critic and journalist. Until 1999, he was Professor of English at the University of Washington. His books include Modern Heroism: Essays on D. H. Lawrence, William Empson and J.R.R. Tolkien and On Not Being Good Enough: Writings of a Working Critic.

Stephen Spender (1909–1995) was an English poet and essayist. As a young man, he became friends with W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Cecil Day-Lewis, and Christopher Isherwood, a loose collection often referred to as “the Auden Group” or “MacSpaunday.” He published many collections of poems, including The Still Centre and Ruins and Visions, and numerous volumes of nonfiction and other works, including Learning Laughterand Love-Hate Relations.

Francine du Plessix Gray received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2006 for her memoir Them: A Memoir of Parents.