Hitler and Hirohito

Japan’s Imperial Conspiracy by David Bergamini

China and Japan at War, 1937-1945: The Politics of Collaboration by John Hunter Boyle

The United States and East Asia by Richard W. Van Alstyne

Britain and the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1939 by Bradford A. Lee

The United States and Europe by Max Silberschmidt

Confusion among Christians

A Religious History of the American People by Sidney E. Ahlstrom

Liberation Theology: Human Hope Confronts Christian History and American Power by Rosemary Radford Ruether

The Seduction of the Spirit: The Use and Misuse of People’s Religion by Harvey Cox

A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation by Gustavo Gutierrez

Dancing in the Dark

The Vonnegut Statement: Essays on the Life and Work of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. edited by Jerome Klinkowitz, edited by John Somer

Between Time and Timbuktu or Prometheus 5 by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Breakfast of Champions or Goodbye, Blue Monday by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Beautiful and Damned

Brother Sun, Sister Moon directed by Franco Zeffirelli

Ludwig directed by Luchino Visconti

The Story of a Humble Christian by Ignazio Silone, translated by William Weaver

Save the Tiger directed by John G. Avildsen

The Power and Old Glory

A New Isolationism: Threat or Promise? by Robert W. Tucker

The Limits of Power by Joyce Kolko and Gabriel Kolko

Witness to History by Charles E. Bohlen


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

D.J. Enright (1920–2002) was a British poet, novelist and critic. He held teaching positions in Egypt, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In 1981 Enright was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

William H. Gass (1924–2017) was an essayist, novelist, and literary critic. He grew up in Ohio and taught philosophy at Washington University. Among his books are six works of fiction and nine books of essays, including Tests of Time (2002), A Temple of Texts (2006), and Life Sentences (2012).

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.

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

Samuel Menashe’s New and Selected Poems was published in an expanded edition in 2009. (October 2010)

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.

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was an American novelist, essayist, and playwright. His many works include the memoirs Point to Point Navigation and Palimpsest, the novels The City and the Pillar, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln, and the collection United States: Essays 1952–1992.

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