What the Jameses Knew

The Jameses: A Family Narrative by R.W.B. Lewis

Henry James and Revision by Philip Horne

Meaning in Henry James by Millicent Bell

The Sweetest Impression of Life: The James Family and Italy edited by James W. Tuttleton, edited by Agostino Lombardo

When It’s Rational to be Irrational

The Cement of Society: A Study of Social Order by Jon Elster

Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences by Jon Elster

Solomonic Judgments: Studies in the Limitations of Rationality by Jon Elster

Law & Disorder in Los Angeles

Report of the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department by the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department

‘Daryl Gates: A Portrait of Frustration’ by Bella Stumbo

Reconsidering Vietnam

Vietnam: Citizens Detained for Peaceful Expression

A Vietnam Reader by Walter Capps

The Dynamics of Defeat: The Vietnam War in Hau Nghia Province by Eric M. Bergerud

Strange Ground: An Oral History of Americans in Vietnam, 1945–1975 by Harry Maurer

The Vietnam Wars: 1945––1990 by Marilyn B. Young

War by Other Means: National Liberation and Revolution in Viet-Nam 1954–60 by Carlyle A. Thayer

Vietnam at War: The History: 1946–1975 by Phillip B. Davidson

Romancing Vietnam: Inside the Boat Country by Justin Wintle

Remembering Heaven’s Face: A Moral Witness in Vietnam by John Balaban


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

Elena Bonner, the widow of Andrei Sakharov, is a longtime human rights activist and the Chair of the Andrei Sakharov Foundation in Moscow. (March 2001)

Antonina W. Bouis translates works of fiction and nonfiction from the Russian, among her most recent translations are Edvard Radzinsky’s Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar and Marina Goldovskaya’s Woman with a Movie Camera.

John Gregory Dunne (1932–2003) was a novelist, screenwriter and critic. His final novel is entitled Nothing Lost.

Thomas R. Edwards (1928–2005) was Professor of English at Rutgers and editor of Raritan. His last book was Over Here: Criticizing America.

J. H. Elliott is Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern ­History at Oxford. His books include Empires of the Atlantic World: ­Britain and Spain in America, 1492–1830 and, most ­recently, Scots and Catalans: Union and Disunion.
 (November 2019)

Stuart Hampshire (1914–2004) was an English philosopher. He taught at University College London, Princeton, Stanford and Oxford, where he was named Warden of Wadham College. His books include Thought and Action, Spinoza and Justice Is Conflict.

Alfred Kazin (1915–1998) was a writer and teacher. Among his books are On Native Grounds, a study of American literature from Howells to Faulkner, and the memoirs A Walker in the Cityand New York Jew. In 1996, he received the first Lifetime Award in Literary Criticism from the Truman Capote Literary Trust.

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.

Osip Mandelstam (1891–1938) was persecuted for his poetry and died in a transit camp near Vladivostok, Russia. His poem in this issue is drawn from a new translation, Voronezh Notebooks, to be published by New York Review Books in January. (January 2016)

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)

Alan Ryan was Warden of New College, Oxford, and Professor of Political Thought. He is the author of On Politics, which will be published in paperback in the fall.
(March 2020)

Frank J. Sulloway is Visiting Scholar in the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author most recently of Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives. (November 2006)

Bertram Wyatt-Brown was the Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History at the University of Florida and author of numerous books, including The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace, and War and Hearts of Darkness: Wellsprings of a Southern Literary Tradition.

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.