The Faraway War

Report from Afghanistan by Gérard Chaliand, translated by Tamar Jacoby

In Afghanistan: An American Odyssey by Jere Van Dyk

A Hitch or Two in Afghanistan: A Journey behind Russian Lines by Nigel Ryan

Behind Russian Lines: An Afghan Journal by Sandy Gall

Afghanistan and the Soviet Union by Henry S. Bradsher

Red Flag over Afghanistan: The Communist Coup, the Soviet Invasion and Their Consequences by Thomas T. Hammond

The Upper Depths

Writers in Russia: 1917-1978 by Max Hayward, edited with an introduction by Patricia Blake, preface by Leonard Schapiro

Wagner and Wagnerism

Richard Wagner: His Life, His Work, His Century by Martin Gregor-Dellin, translated by J. Maxwell Brownjohn

The New Grove Wagner by John Deathridge and Carl Dahlhaus

The Fertilizing Seed: Wagner’s Concept of the Poetic Intent by Frank W. Glass

Wagner’s Siegfried: Its Drama, History, and Music by Patrick McCreless

I Saw the World End: A Study of Wagner’s Ring by Deryck Cooke

Wagner and Aeschylus: The Ring and the Oresteia by Michael Ewans

Kingdom on the Rhine: History, Myth and Legend in Wagner’s Ring by Nancy Benvenga

Staging Wagnerian Drama by Adolphe Appia, translated with an introduction by Peter Loeffler

My Life by Richard Wagner, translated by Andrew Gray, edited by Mary Whittall

Wagner Rehearsing the ‘Ring’: An Eye-Witness Account of the Stage Rehearsals of the First Bayreuth Festival by Heinrich Porges, translated by Robert L. Jacobs

In Search of Wagner [Versuch über Wagner] by Theodor Adorno, translated by Rodney Livingstone

Wagner, Boulez, Chéreau: Essai sur l’infidélité
by Jean-Jacques Nattiez

Dichtungen und Schriften: Jubiläumsausgabe in Zehn Bänden by Richard Wagner, edited by Dieter Borchmeyer

The Opera Quarterly, Commemorative Wagner Issue, volume 1, no. 3 (Autumn 1983)

Three Wagner Essays by Richard Wagner, translated by Robert L. Jacobs

Nuclear Catholicism

Confession of a Catholic by Michael Novak

Moral Clarity in the Nuclear Age by Michael Novak, foreword by Billy Graham, introduction by William F. Buckley, Jr.

Centenary of a Cipher

Raphael Vrbinas:II Mito Della Fornarina edited by Dante Bernini

Raphael in der Alten Pinakothek by Hubertus von Sonnenburg

The Drawings of Raphael by Paul Joannides

Raffaello by Konrad Oberhuber

Raphael by Roger Jones and Nicholas Penny


Auden: An American Friendship by Charles H. Miller

This Man and Music by Anthony Burgess

Glenn Gould: Variations by Himself and His Friends, edited with an introduction by John McGreevy

Balthus: Drawings and Watercolors by Giovanni Carandente

The Letters of William Somerset Maugham to Lady Juliet Duff edited and with an introduction by Loren R. Rothchild

Rebuilding Architecture

Architecture Today by Charles Jencks, with a contribution by William Chaitkin

Modern Architecture: A Critical History by Kenneth Frampton

Modern Architecture since 1900 by William J.R. Curtis

Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue by Richard Oliver

The Decorated Diagram: Harvard Architecture and the Failure of the Bauhaus Legacy by Klaus Herdeg


John Bayley is a critic and novelist. His books include Elegy for Iris and The Power of Delight: A Lifetime in Literature.

Joseph Brodsky (1940–1996) was a Russian poet and essayist. Born in Leningrad, Brodsky moved to the United States when he was exiled from Russia in 1972. His poetry collections include A Part of Speech andTo Urania; his essay collections include Less Than One, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Watermark. In 1987, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He served as US Poet Laureate from 1991 to 1992.

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.

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.

Murray Kempton (1917-1997) was a columnist for Newsday, as well as a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. His books include Rebellions, Perversities, and Main Events and The Briar Patch, as well as Part of Our Time. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985.

Joseph Kerman is emeritus professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley. He began writing music criticism for The Hudson Review in the 1950s, and is a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books and many other journals. His books include Opera as Drama (1956; new and revised edition 1988), The Beethoven Quartets (1967), Contemplating Music (1986), Concerto Conversations (1999), and The Art of Fugue (2005).

Edward Mortimer was until 2006 the Director of Communications in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General. He is a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer at the Salzburg Global Seminar. (April 2008)

Lester Thurow is Professor of Economics and Management at MIT and the former Dean of the Sloan School of Management. He is the author of The Zero-Sum Society, Head to Head, and The Future of Capitalism. (February 1998)