An Odd Couple

Munby, Man of Two Worlds: The Life and Diaries of Arthur J. Munby 1828-1910 by Derek Hudson

Them and Us

We: A Novel of the Future by Yevgeny Zamyatin, translated by Mirra Ginsburg

A Soviet Heretic: Essays by Yevgeny Zamyatin edited and translated by Mirra Ginsburg

The Invisible Country

Vietnamese Anticolonialism 1885-1925 by David G. Marr

Hô Chi Minh, le Viêtnam, l’Asie by Paul Mus, edited by Annie Nguyen Nguyet Hô

War Comes to Long An: Revolutionary Conflict in a Vietnamese Province by Jeffrey Race

New Fall Fiction

House of All Nations by Christina Stead

Chimera by John Barth

The Sunlight Dialogues by John Gardner. originally scheduled for October; now to be published December 6

Mandarins and Nazis: Part I

The Place of Fascism in European History edited by Gilbert Allerdyce

The Scientific Origins of National Socialism by Daniel Gasman

The Decline of the German Mandarins: The German Academic Community, 1890-1933 by Fritz K. Ringer

Hitler: The Man and the Military Leader by Percy Ernst Schramm, translated by Donald S. Detwiler

A History of Modern Germany, 1840-1945 by Hajo Holborn

The German Dictatorship by Karl Dietrich Bracher, translated by Jean Steinberg

Cooling It

Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis by Graham T. Allison

The Cuban Missile Crisis edited with commentary by Robert A. Divine

Cold War and Counter-revolution: The Foreign Policy of John F. Kennedy by Richard J. Walton

The Kennedy Doctrine by Louise Fitzsimons

The Limits of Coercive Diplomacy by Alexander George and David Hall and William Simons


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.

Geoffrey Barraclough (1908–1984) was a British historian.

John Bayley is a critic and novelist. His books include Elegy for Iris and The Power of Delight: A Lifetime in Literature.

John K. Fairbank (1907–1991) was an American sinologist. His final book was China: A New History.

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)

D. W. Harding (1906–1993) was a British psychologist and literary critic. In1933 he joined FR Leavis as an editor of Scrutiny, where much of his literary criticism appeared, but also work, notably on aggression, that led to The Impulse to Dominate and Social Psychology and Individual Values.

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932 and emigrated to England in 1950, when he won a scholarship to University College, Oxford. He is the author of many novels, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and In a Free State, which won the Booker Prize. He has also written several nonfiction works based on his travels, including India: A Million Mutinies Now and Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples. He was knighted in 1990 and in 1993 was the first recipient of the David Cohen British Literature Prize.

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.

Ronald Steel is Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, a recent fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and the author of biographies of Walter Lippmann and Robert Kennedy.

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.