Dickens: A Biography by Fred Kaplan
James J. Gibson and the Psychology of Perception by Edward S. Reed
John C. Calhoun and the Price of Union: A Biography by John Niven
Secret and Sacred: The Diaries of James Henry Hammond, a Southern Slaveholder edited by Carol Bleser
Origins of Southern Radicalism: The South Carolina Upcountry, 1800–1860 by Lacy K. Ford Jr.
The Master of the Game: Paul Nitze and the Nuclear Peace by Strobe Talbott
Rembrandt’s Enterprise: The Studio and the Market by Svetlana Alpers
Last Notes from Home by Frederick Exley
A Fan’s Notes: A Fictional Memoir by Frederick Exley
Pages from a Cold Island by Frederick Exley
Men of Zeal: A Candid Inside Story of the Iran-Contra Hearings by Senators William S. Cohen and George J. Mitchell
Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North by Ben Bradlee Jr.
The Iranian Triangle: The Untold Story of Israel’s Role in the Iran-Contra Affair by Samuel Segev, translated by Haim Watzman
Perilous Statecraft: An Insider’s Account of the Iran-Contra Affair by Michael A. Ledeen
Landslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984–1988 by Jane Mayer and Doyle McManus
Coriolanus by William Shakespeare, directed by Steven Berkoff
The Myth of Ritual Murder: Jews and Magic in Reformation Germany by R. Po-chia Hsia
Robert Darnton’s latest book is A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution. He is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard. (December 2019)
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.
Ernst Gombrich (1909–2001) was an Austrian art historian. Born in Vienna, Gombrich studied at the Theresianum and then at the University of Vienna under Julius von Schlosser. After graduating, he worked as a Research Assistant and collaborator with the museum curator and Freudian analyst Ernst Kris. He joined the Warburg Institute in London as a Research Assistant in 1936 and was named Director in 1959. His major works include The Story of Art, Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation, Aby Warburg: An Intellectual Biography, The Sense of Order: A Study in the Psychology of Decorative Art.
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.
James McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton. His books include Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, and, most recently, The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters. (October 2016)
V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932 and emigrated to England in 1950, when he won a scholarship to University College, Oxford. He is the author of many novels, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and In a Free State, which won the Booker Prize. He has also written several nonfiction works based on his travels, including India: A Million Mutinies Now and Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples. He was knighted in 1990 and in 1993 was the first recipient of the David Cohen British Literature Prize.
Garry Wills, a journalist and historian, is the author of numerous books, including Nixon Agonistes (1970), Inventing America (1978), Explaining America: The Federalist (1981), and Lincoln at Gettysburg (1993), which won a Pulitzer Prize that year. His most recent book is What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters (2017). (November 2019)
Lord Zuckerman (1904–1993) was a British zoologist and military strategist. Having advised the Allies on bombing strategy during World War II, he spent much of his later life campaigning for nuclear non-proliferation. Zuckerman was knighted in 1956 and made a life peer in 1971.