Storm Over the Sistine Ceiling

The Sistine Chapel: The Art, the History, and the Restoration text by Carlo Pietrangeli and André Chastel and John Shearman and John O'Malley and S. J. and Pierluigi de Vecchi and Michael Hirst and Fabrizio Mancinelli and Gianluigi Colalucci and Franco Bernabei

Poet of the Air

Marina Tsvetaeva: The Woman, her World and her Poetry by Simon Karlinsky

A Captive Lion: The Life of Marina Tsvetayeva by Elaine Feinstein

Selected Poems of Marina Tsvetayeva translated by Elaine Feinstein

After the Reich

Dreams and Delusions: The Drama of German History by Fritz Stern

The Two Germanies since 1945 by Henry Ashby Turner Jr.

A Voice From Germany speeches by Richard von Weizsäcker, translated by Karin von Abrams

Die Abschiedsrede [The Farewell Speech] by Willy Brandt

Crash Diets

Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women by Caroline Walker Bynum


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James Chace is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Government and Public Law at Bard College. He is the author of Acheson and, most recently, 1912: The Election That Changed the Country. He is now working on a biography of Lafayette. (October 2004)

Gordon A. Craig (1913–2005) was a Scottish-American historian of Germany. He taught at both Princeton and Stanford, where he was named the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1979.

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Theodore H. Draper (1912–2006) was an American historian. Educated at City College, he wrote influential studies of the American Communist Party, the Cuban Revolution and the Iran-Contra Affair. Draper was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the 1990 recipient of the Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association.

Ronald Dworkin (1931–2013) was Professor of Philosophy and Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at NYU. His books include Is Democracy Possible Here?, Justice in Robes, Freedom’s Law, and Justice for Hedgehogs. He was the 2007 winner of the Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize for “his pioneering scholarly work” of “worldwide impact” and he was recently awarded the Balzan Prize for his “fundamental contributions to Jurisprudence.”

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.

M. F. Perutz (1914–2002) was an Austrian molecular biologist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1962. He is the author of Is Science Necessary?, Protein Structure, and I Wish I’d Made You Angry Earlier.

Robert Towers (1923–1995) was an American critic and novelist. Born in Virginia, Towers was educated at Princeton and served for two years as Vice Counsel at the American Consulate General in Calcutta before dedicating himself to literary studies. He taught English literature and creative writing at Princeton, Queens College and Columbia.