Poland’s Eternal Return

God’s Playground: A History of Poland; Vol. I, The Origins to 1795; Vol. II, 1795 to the Present by Norman Davies

A Republic of Nobles: Studies in Polish History to 1864 edited and translated by J.K. Fedorowicz

The American and European Revolutions, 1776-1848: Sociopolitical and Ideological Aspects edited by Jaroslaw Pelenski

Philosophy and Romantic Nationalism: The Case of Poland by Andrzej Walicki

Politics in Independent Poland, 1921-1939: The Crisis of Constitutional Government by Anthony Polonsky

Zionism in Poland: The Formative Years, 1915-1926 by Ezra Mendelsohn

Courier From Warsaw by Jan Nowak, foreward by Zbigniew Brzezinski

The Mind of John Paul II: Origins of His Thought and Action by George H. Williams

Count-Down: The Polish Upheavals of 1956, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1980… by Jakub Karpinski, translated by Olga Amsterdamska and Gene M. Moore

Poland: Genesis of a Revolution edited by Abraham Brumberg

Solidarity, The Analysis of a Social Movement: Poland 1980-1981 by Alain Touraine and Jan Strzelecki et al., translated by David Denby

“Poland Under Jaruzelski” edited by Leopold Labedz

Why Lebanon?

Going All the Way: Christian Warlords, Israeli Adventurers, and the War in Lebanon by Jonathan C. Randal

In Search of a Foreign Policy

Power and Principle: Memoirs of the National Security Adviser, 1977-1981 by Zbigniew Brzezinski

Hard Choices: Critical Years in America’s Foreign Policy by Cyrus Vance

Thinking About National Security: Defense and Foreign Policy in a Dangerous World by Harold Brown


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.

Gabriele Annan is a book and film critic living in London. (March 2006)

Irvin Ehrenpreis (1920–1985) was the Linden Kent Memorial Professor of English Literature at the University of Virginia. In 1984 he received the Christian Gauss Award from Phi Beta Kappa for the final volume of his trilogy, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age.

Charles Glass is a former ABC News Chief Middle East Correspondent. He is the author of Syria Burning and, most recently, They Fought Alone: The True Story of the Starr Brothers, British Secret Agents in Nazi-Occupied France. (December 2019)

Stanley Hoffmann (1928-2015) was the Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor at Harvard. His most recent books are Chaos and Violence: What Globalization, Failed States, and Terrorism Mean for US Foreign Policy and Rousseau and Freedom, coedited with Christie McDonald.

Lincoln Kirstein (1907–1996) was a writer and ballet critic. In 1946, together with George Balanchine, Kirstein founded the Ballet Society, which would soon be renamed The New York City Ballet. In 1984 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Anthony Lewis, a former columnist for The New York Times, has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment.

Martin Malia is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author, most recently, of Russia Under Western Eyes, from the Bronze Horseman to the Lenin Mausoleum. (November 2001)

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.

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.