The Chopin Touch

Fryderyk Chopin: Pianist from Warsaw by William G. Atwood

Chopin: Pianist and Teacher as Seen by his Pupils by Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, translated by Naomi Shohet, translated by Krysia Osostowicz and Roy Howat, edited by Roy Howat

The Death Doctors

The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide by Robert Jay Lifton

Mengele: The Complete Story by Gerald L. Posner and John Ware

Auschwitz: An Eyewitness Account of Mengele’s Infamous Death Camp by Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, translated by Tibère Kremer and Richard Seaver, with a foreword by Bruno Bettelheim

Letters from Westerbork by Etty Hillesum, introduction and notes by Jan G. Gaarlandt, translated by Arnold J. Pomerans

The Metaphor and the Rock

Time’s Arrow, Time’s Cycle: Myth and Metaphor in the Discovery of Geological Time by Stephen Jay Gould

“Is Uniformitarianism Necessary?” by Stephen Jay Gould

“Punctuated Equilibria: An Alternative to Phyletic Gradualism,” by Stephen Jay Gould, with Niles Eldredge. in T.J.M. Schopf, ed. Models in Paleobiology

Ontogeny and Phylogeny by Stephen Jay Gould

Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould

“The Spandrels of San Marcos and the Panglossian Paradigm: A Critique of the Adaptationist Programme,” by Stephen Jay Gould, with R.C. Lewontin. in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B 205 (1979)

The Panda’s Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould

The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould

Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes by Stephen Jay Gould

The Flamingo’s Smile: Reflections in Natural History by Stephen Jay Gould


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)

Raymond Carr was Warden of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and has written extensively on modern Spanish history.

Joan Didion is the author, most recently, of Blue Nights and The Year of Magical Thinking, among seven other works of nonfiction. Her five novels include A Book of Common Prayer and Democracy.
 (May 2016)

D.J. Enright (1920–2002) was a British poet, novelist and critic. He held teaching positions in Egypt, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In 1981 Enright was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Arthur Hertzberg (1921–2006) was a Conservative rabbi, scholar and activist. His books include The French Enlightenment and the Jews: The Origins of Modern Anti-Semitism and The Zionist Idea.

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.

Charles Hope was Director of the Warburg Institute, London, from 2001 to 2010. He is the author of Titian.

Irving Howe (1920–1993) was an American literary and social critic. His history of Eastern-European Jews in America, World of Our Fathers, won the 1977 National Book Award in History.

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.

Leo Marx is the Kenan Professor of American Cultural History (Emeritus) at MIT and most recently the editor, with Bruce Mazlish, of Progress:Fact or Illusion? (July 1999)

Peter B. Reddaway is Professor Emeritus of Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.

Charles Rosen was a pianist and music critic. In 2011 he was awarded a National Humanities Medal.

Frank J. Sulloway is Visiting Scholar in the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author most recently of Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives. (November 2006)

Keith Thomas is an Honorary Fellow of All Souls ­College, Oxford. His latest book is In Pursuit of Civility: Manners and Civilization in Early Modern England. (January 2019)