Blue Sheep Zen

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

Mountain Monarchs: Wild Sheep and Goats of the Himalaya by George B. Schaller

The Mess of Things

France 1848-1945 Volume I: Ambition, Love and Politics Volume II: Intellect, Taste and Anxiety by Theodore Zeldin

The End of French Predominance in Europe: The Financial Crisis of 1924 and the Adoption of the Dawes Plan by Stephen A. Schuker

Jerry for President?

Brown by Orville Schell

Jerry Brown: The Philosopher-Prince by Robert Pack

Jerry Brown: The Man on the White Horse by J.D. Lorenz

Jerry Brown: In a Plain Brown Wrapper by John C. Bollens and G. Robert Williams

The Mozart of Psychology

Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes by L.S. Vygotsky, edited by Michael Cole and Vera John-Steiner and Sylvia Scribner and Ellen Souberman

The Psychology of Art by L.S. Vygotsky

Soviet Developmental Psychology: An Anthology edited by Michael Cole

Mysteries of Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May: A Modern Biography of Louisa May Alcott by Martha Saxton

Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott, edited with an introduction by Sarah Elbert

Short Reviews

Acting Out: Coping with Big City Schools by Roland Betts

Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons by Gerald Durrell

Spooks: The Haunting of America
The Private Use of Secret Agents
by Jim Hougan

Leon Trotsky by Irving Howe

The Year of the Ant by George Ordish

The History of Australia: The Twentieth Century, 1901-1975 by Russel Ward

Sun, Moon and Standing Stones by John Edwin Wood


Robert M. Adams (1915-1996) was a founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature. He taught at the University of Wisconsin, Rutgers, Cornell and U.C.L.A. His scholarly interested ranged from Milton to Joyce, and his translations of many classic works of French literature continue to be read to this day.

Neal Ascherson is the author of Black Sea, Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland and the novel Death of the Fronsac. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
 (December 2019)

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.

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.

Rosemary Dinnage’s books include The Ruffian on the Stair, One to One: Experiences of Psychotherapy, and Annie Besant.

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)

Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002) was an American geologist, biologist and historian of science. He taught at Harvard, where he was named Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, and at NYU. His last book was Punctuated Equilibrium.

James Joll (1936–2011) was a British historian. His books include The Origins of the First World War and Europe Since 1870.

Robert O. Paxton is Mellon Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Columbia and the author of The Anatomy of Fascism, Vichy France, and, with Julie Hessler, Europe in the Twentieth Century, among other works.
 (December 2018)

Lawrence Stone (1919–1999) was an English historian. He taught British history at Oxford and Princeton.

Stephen Toulmin (1922–2009) was a British philosopher. First outlined in The Uses of Argument, his model for analyzing arguments has had a lasting influence on fields as diverse as law, computer science and communications theory. Toulmin’s other works include The Abuse of Casuistry: A History of Moral Reasoning and Return to Reason.