The Sporting Life

Muhammad Ali: A Portrait in Words and Photographs by Wilfrid Sheed

SportsWorld by Robert Lipsyte

The Fight by Norman Mailer

The Greatest: My Own Story by Muhammad Ali and Richard Durham

The Dostoevskys

Dostoevsky: Reminiscences by Anna Dostoevsky, translated and edited by Beatrice Stillman, with an introduction by Helen Muchnic


Superminds: A Scientist Looks at the Paranormal by John Taylor

The Magic of Uri Geller by the Amazing Randi

The Lives of Ancient Women

Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity by Sarah B. Pomeroy

Females of the Species: Semonides on Women by Hugh Lloyd-Jones

Sex and Power in History by Amaury de Riencourt

Unsafe at Any Speed

Cocaine Papers by Sigmund Freud edited and with an introduction by Robert Byck MD, notes by Anna Freud

Cocaine: Its History, Uses and Effects by Richard Ashley

The Speed Culture: Amphetamine Use and Abuse in America by Lester Grinspoon MD and Peter Hedblom


Bernard Avishai teaches political economy at Dartmouth College and business at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is the author of The Tragedy of Zionism, among other books. He was made a Guggenheim fellow in 1987.

Robert Craft is a conductor and writer. Craft’s close working friendship with Igor Stravinsky is the subject of his memoir, An Improbable Life. In 2002 he was awarded the International Prix du Disque at the Cannes Music Festival.

Marshall Frady’s books include Wallace, Billy Graham, Southerners, Jesse: The Life and Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson, and, most recently, Martin Luther King, Jr. He is currently writing a biography of Fidel Castro. (February 2004)

Martin Gardner (1914–2010) was a science writer and novelist. He was the author of The New Ambidextrous Universe, Fractal Music, Hypercards and More, The Night is Large and Visitors from Oz.

V.S. Pritchett (1900–1997) was a British essayist, novelist and short story writer. He worked as a foreign correspondent for the The Christian Science Monitorand as a literary critic forNew Statesman. In 1968 Pritchett was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire; he was knighted in 1975. His body of work includes many collections of short stories, in addition to travelogues, reviews, literary biographies and novels.

Garry Wills, a journalist and historian, is the author of numerous books, including Nixon Agonistes (1970), Inventing America (1978), Explaining America: The Federalist (1981), and Lincoln at Gettysburg (1993), which won a Pulitzer Prize that year. His most recent book is What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters (2017). (November 2019)