The Heavenly Deception

Crazy for God: The Nightmare of Cult Life by Christopher Edwards

Moonstruck: A Memoir of My Life in a Cult by Allen Tate Wood and Jack Vitek

Hostage to Heaven: Four Years in the Unification Church, by an Ex-Moonie and the Mother Who Fought to Free Her by Barbara Underwood and Betty Underwood

Science, Sin, and Scholarship: The Politics of Reverend Moon and the Unification Church edited by Irving Louis Horowitz

Pasternak in Private

My Sister, Life and Other Poems by Boris Pasternak, edited and with texts by Olga Andreyev Carlisle, Color photographs by Inge Morath

Pasternak, A Collection of Critical Essays edited by Victor Erlich

Boris Pasternak’s Translations of Shakespeare by Anna Kay France

The Old Ecole Tie

Elites in French Society: The Politics of Survival by Ezra N. Suleiman

Class and Status in France: Economic Change and Social Immobility, 1945-1975 by Jane Marceau

The Power of the Press

The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early-modern Europe by Elizabeth L. Eisenstein

The Cold War Revisited

Shattered Peace: The Origins of the Cold War and the National Security State by Daniel Yergin

Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945 by Robert Dallek

Russia and the United States by N.V. Sivachev and N.N. Yakovlev

Russia’s Road to the Cold War: Diplomacy, Warfare, and the Politics of Communism, 1941-1945 by Vojtech Mastny

Stalin Embattled, 1943-1948 by William O. McCagg Jr.

The Communist Movement from Comintern to Cominform by Fernando Claudin, translated by Brian Pearce and Francis MacDonagh

The American Non-Policy Towards Eastern Europe, 1943-1947: Universalism in an Area not of Essential Interest to the United States Press by Geir Lundestad


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.

David Brion Davis was Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale and Director Emeritus of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. He is the author of Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World.

Peter France is Professor Emeritus of French at the University of Edinburgh and the editor of The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French. The poem in the May 8, 2014 issue is included in Poems of Osip Mandelstam, translated and with a foreword by Peter France, to be published by New Directions in June 2014. 
(May 2014)

John Leonard writes on books every month for Harper’s and on television every week for New York magazine. (June 2007)

Conor Cruise O’Brien (1917–2009) was an Irish historian and politician. He was elected to the Irish parliament in 1969 and served as a Minister from 1973 until 1977. His works include States of Ireland, The Great Melody and Memoir: My Life and Themes.

Alastair Reid (1926 -2014) was a poet, prose chronicler, translator, and traveler. Born in Scotland, he came to the United States in the early 1950s, began publishing his poems in The New Yorker in 1951, and for the next fifty-odd years was a traveling correspondent for that magazine. Having lived in both Spain and Latin America for long spells, he was a constant translator of poetry from the Spanish language, in particular the work of Jorge Luis Borges and Pablo Neruda. He published more than forty books, among them two word books for children, Ounce Dice Trice, with drawings by Ben Shahn, and Supposing…, with drawings by Bob Gill, both available from The New York Review Children’s Collection.

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (1917–2007) was an American historian and social critic. He served as adviser to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. His Journals: 1952– 2000 were published in 2007.

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.

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