The Thief of Baghdad

Saddam Hussein: A Biography by Fuad Matar

Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq by Samir al-Khalil

Iraqi Power and US Security in the Middle East by Stephen C. Pelletiere and Douglas V. Johnson II and Leif R. Rosenberger

Human Rights in Iraq Middle East Watch

The Making of Mandela

A History of South Africa by Leonard Thompson

The Struggle: A History of the African National Congress by Heidi Holland

South Africa Belongs to Us: A History of the ANC by Francis Meli

Apartheid’s Rebels: Inside South Africa’s Hidden War by Stephen M. Davis

Higher Than Hope: The Authorized Biography of Nelson Mandela by Fatima Meer

The Comedian Of Horror

Gathering Evidence: A Memoir by Thomas Bernhard, translated by David McLintock

Wittgenstein’s Nephew: A Friendship by Thomas Bernhard, translated by David McLintock

Histrionics: Three Plays by Thomas Bernhard. (A Party for Boris; Ritter, Dene, Voss; Histrionics), translated by Peter Jansen and Kenneth Northcutt

The President and Eve of Retirement by Thomas Bernhard, translated by Gitta Honegger

The Lime Works by Thomas Bernhard, translated by Sophie Wilkins

Gargoyles by Thomas Bernhard, translated by Richard Winston and Clara Winston

Correction by Thomas Bernhard, translated by Sophie Wilkins

Concrete by Thomas Bernhard, translated by David McLintock

Woodcutters by Thomas Bernhard, translated by David McClintock

Old Masters: A Comedy by Thomas Bernhard, translated by Ewald Osers

Painting the Unpaintable

Facing History: The Black Image in American Art, 1710–1940 by Guy C. McElroy, with an essay by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The Art of Exclusion: Representing Blacks in the Nineteenth Century by Albert Boime


Janet Adam Smith (1905–1999) was a Scottish writer and critic. Educated at Oxford, she worked as an editor at a number of literary publications, including The Listener, The Criterion and New Statesman. She also edited the Faber Book of Modern Verse and its companion volume, the Faber Book of Children’s Verse. An accomplished mountaineer, Smith wrote about her adventures in Mountain Holidays; her other books include Life Among the Scots and John Buchnan and His World.

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

Shaul Bakhash is Robinson Professor of History at George Mason University and the author of The Reign of the Ayatollahs: Iran and the Islamic Revolution. (September 2005)

Isaiah Berlin (1909–1997) was a philosopher and historian of ideas who held the Chichele Professorship of Social and Political Theory at Oxford. The final volume of his correspondence, Affirming: Letters 1975–1997, was published in December 2015.

Robert Craft is a conductor and writer. Craft’s close working friendship with Igor Stravinsky is the subject of his memoir, An Improbable Life. In 2002 he was awarded the International Prix du Disque at the Cannes Music Festival.

István Deák is Seth Low Professor Emeritus at Columbia. He is the author, with Jan Gross and Tony Judt, of The Politics of Retribution in Europe: World War II and Its Aftermath.

Richard Dorment was the art critic for the Daily Telegraph between 1986 and 2015.

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.

Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford. A new edition of his book The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague will be published this fall.
 (October 2019)

Václav Havel (1936–2011) was the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic. Havel was one of the six signers of the statement “Tibet: The Peace of the Graveyard.”

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.

Perry Link is Chancellorial Chair at the University of California at Riverside. His recent books include An Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics and a translation of the memoirs of the Chinese astrophysicist Fang Lizhi, entitled The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Scientist to Enemy of the State. (June 2018)

Fang Lizhi, an astrophysicist and former vice-president of the University of Science and Technology of China, was expelled from the Communist Party of China in 1987. He was granted asylum at the US embassy in Beijing before leaving the country in 1990. He is the 1989 recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and is a professor of physics at the University of Arizona. (November 2011)

John Maynard Smith, Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex, is the author of On Evolution, The Evolution of Sex, Evolution and the Theory of Games, and, with Eörs Szathmáry, The Major Transitions in Evolution. (December 2000)

Edward Mortimer was until 2006 the Director of Communications in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General. He is a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer at the Salzburg Global Seminar. (April 2008)

Paul Wilson’s translation of Bohumil Hrabal’s early stories, Mr. Kafka and Other Tales from the Time of the Cult, is published this month. (November 2015)

Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown. His new book, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, will be published in the fall.
 (May 2017)