Chaste Lovers

Count d’Orgel’s Ball by Raymond Radiguet, translated by Annapaola Cancogni, foreword by Jean Cocteau

Making Way for Hitler

How War Came: The Immediate Origins of the Second World War, 1938–1939 by Donald Cameron Watt

Chamberlain and Roosevelt: British Foreign Policy and the United States, 1937–1940 by William R. Rock

Der Eisbrecher: Hitler in Stalins Kalkül by Viktor Suworow

Trickster Tales

The Terrible Twos by Ishmael Reed

The Terrible Threes by Ishmael Reed

The Free-Lance Pallbearers: An Irreverent Novel by Ishmael Reed

Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down by Ishmael Reed

Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed

The Last Days of Louisiana Red by Ishmael Reed

New and Collected Poems by Ishmael Reed

Writin’ Is Fightin’: Thirty-Seven Years of Boxing on Paper by Ishmael Reed

In Bed with Social Science

Sex and Morality in the U.S.: An Empirical Enquiry under the Auspices of the Kinsey Institute by Albert D. Klassen and Colin J. Williams and Eugene E. Levitt, edited by Hubert J. O'Gorman

How the North Nearly Lost

Two Great Rebel Armies: An Essay in Confederate Military History by Richard M. McMurry

Stonewall Jackson: Portrait of a Soldier by John Bowers

The Civil War Papers of George B. McClellan: Selected Correspondence, 1860–-1865 edited by Stephen W. Sears

Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander edited by Gary W. Gallagher

Outside Baseball

Summer of ’49 by David Halberstam

The Progress of the Seasons: Forty Years of Baseball in Our Town by George V. Higgins

Necessities: Racial Barriers in American Sports by Philip M. Hoose

Blackball Stars: Negro League Pioneers by John B. Holway

Crash: The Life and Times of Dick Allen by Dick Allen and Tim Whitaker

The Story of My Life by Hank Greenberg, edited and with an introduction by Ira Berkow

Out of the Blue by Orel Hershiser, with Jerry B. Jenkins

Affirmative Action: The New Look

Eliminating Racism: Profiles in Controversy edited by Phyllis A. Katz, edited by Dalmas A. Taylor

Freshman Admissions at Berkeley: A Policy for the 1990s and Beyond Division, Academic Senate, University of California a Report by the Committee on Admissions and Enrollment, Berkeley and Jerome Karabel chairman

Choosing a College: A Guide for Parents and Students by Thomas Sowell

The Case Against the SAT by James Crouse and Dale Trusheim

Blacks in College: A Comparative Study of Students’ Success in Black and in White Institutions by Jacqueline Fleming

A Common Destiny: Blacks and American Society edited by Gerald David Jaynes, edited by Robin M. Williams Jr.

Visions of a Better Way: A Black Appraisal of Public Schooling by the Committee on Policy for Racial Justice, prepared by Sara Lawrence Lightfoot, preface by John Hope Franklin

Minorities in Higher Education edited by Reginald Wilson, edited by Deborah J. Carter


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

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.

Rosemary Dinnage’s books include The Ruffian on the Stair, One to One: Experiences of Psychotherapy, and Annie Besant.

Andrew Hacker teaches political science at Queens College. He is currently working on a book about the Republican Party. (September 2018)

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. She is the author of Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce, among other novels, and a memoir, Flyover Lives.
 (October 2017)

Simon Leys (1935–2014) was the pen name of Pierre Ryckmans, who was born in Belgium and settled in Australia in 1970. He taught Chinese literature at the Australian Na­tional University and was Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney from 1987 to 1993. Leys was a contributor to such publications as The New York Review of Books, Le Monde, and Le Figaro Littéraire, writing on literature and contemporary China. Among his books are Chinese Shadows, Other People’s Thoughts, and The Wreck of the Batavia & Prosper. In addition to The Death of Napoleon NYRB publishes The Hall of Uselessness, a collection of essays, and On the Abolition of All Political Parties, an essay by Simone Weil that Leys translated and edited. His many awards include the Prix Renaudot, the Prix Femina, the Prix Guizot, and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction.

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)

Darryl Pinckney’s most recent book is Busted in New York and Other Essays. (August 2020)

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

Wilfrid Sheed (1915–2011) was a British-American novelist and critic.

H. R. Trevor-Roper (1914–2003) was a British historian and the author of The Last Days of Hitler. He taught at Oxford, where he was the Regius Professor Modern History.

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.