Whistling in the Pentagon

The Pentagonists: An Insider’s View of Waste, Mismanagement, and Fraud in Defense Spending by A. Ernest Fitzgerald

New Weapons, Old Politics: America’s Military Procurement Muddle by Thomas L. McNaugher

The Secret Agent

Territory of Lies: The Exclusive Story of Jonathan Jay Pollard: The American Who Spied On His Country for Israel and How He was Betrayed by Wolf Blitzer

Stories from the Ice Age

Spring Bamboo: A Collection of Contemporary Chinese Short Stories compiled and translated by Jeanne Tai, with a foreword by Bette Bao Lord, an introduction by Leo Ou-fan Lee

I Myself Am a Woman: Selected Writings of Ding Ling edited by Tani E. Barlow, with Gary J. Bjorge

Lapse of Time by Wang Anyi, introduction by Jeffrey Kinkley

Baotown by Wang Anyi, translated by Martha Avery

From Hirohito to Heimat

La Mémoire vaine: du crime contre l’humanité by Alain Finkielkraut

Hotel Terminus a film by Marcel Ophuls

From Hitler to Heimat: The Return of History as Film by Anton Kaes

In Hitler’s Shadow: West German Historians and the Attempt to Escape From the Nazi Past by Richard J. Evans

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?: Growing Up German by Sabine Reichel

The Other Nuremberg: The Untold Story of the Tokyo War Crimes Trials by Arnold C. Brackman

Hirohito: Behind the Myth by Edward Behr

Can South Africa Change?

In the Name of Apartheid: South Africa in the Postwar Period by Martin Meredith

South Africa: No Turning Back edited by Shaun Johnson, foreword by Lord Bullock

Inside Apartheid: One Woman’s Struggle in South Africa by Janet Levine

Democratic Liberalism in South Africa: Its History and Prospect edited by Jeffrey Butler, edited by Richard Elphick, edited by David Welsh

After Apartheid: The Solution for South Africa by Frances Kendall and Leon Louw, foreword by Samuel Motsuenyane

Uprooting Poverty: The South African Challenge by Francis Wilson and Mamphela Ramphele

Can South Africa Survive? Five Minutes to Midnight edited by John D. Brewer


Robert M. Adams (1915-1996) was a founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature. He taught at the University of Wisconsin, Rutgers, Cornell and U.C.L.A. His scholarly interested ranged from Milton to Joyce, and his translations of many classic works of French literature continue to be read to this day.

Al Alvarez is the author of Risky Business, a selection of essays, many of which first appeared in The New York Review of Books.

Ian Buruma is the author of numerous books, including Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Year Zero: A History of 1945, and, most recently, A Tokyo Romance.

George M. Fredrickson is Edgar E. Robinson Professor of US History Emeritus at Stanford. His recent books include Racism: A Short History and Not Just Black and White, a collection co-edited with Nancy Foner.

William H. Gass (1924–2017) was an essayist, novelist, and literary critic. He grew up in Ohio and taught philosophy at Washington University. Among his books are six works of fiction and nine books of essays, including Tests of Time (2002), A Temple of Texts (2006), and Life Sentences (2012).

Philip Gossett is the Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. His reconstruction of Gustavo III, the original version of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, had its première at the Göteborg Opera in Sweden this past September. (March 2003)

Jasper Griffin is Emeritus Professor of Classical Literature and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. His books include Homer on Life and Death.

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.

Nicholas Lemann is a Professor at the Columbia ­Graduate School of Journalism and a staff writer at The New Yorker. His books include Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the ­Decline of the American Dream and The Big Test: The Secret ­History of the American Meritocracy.
 (February 2020)

Jonathan Mirsky is a historian of China. He was formerly the East Asia Editor of The Times of London and China Correspondent for The Observer.
 (December 2016)

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)

C. Vann Woodward (1908–1999) was a historian of the American South. He taught at Johns Hopkins and at Yale, where he was named the Sterling Professor of History. His books include Mary Chesnut’s Civil War and The Old World’s New World.