Man of the Year

Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration 1991–January, 12, 1992 an exhibition at the National Gallery, Washington, DC, October 12,

Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration catalog of the exhibition, edited by Jay A. Levensen

The Worlds of Christopher Columbus by William D. Phillips Jr. and Carla Rahn Phillips

Renaissance Characters edited by Eugenio Garin, translated by Lydia G. Cochrane

In Search of Columbus: The Sources for the First Voyage by David Henige

The ‘Libro de las profecias’ of Christopher Columbus by Delno C. West and August Kling

Columbus by Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Inventing the Flat Earth: Columbus and Modern Historians by Jeffrey Burton Russell

1492 by Jacques Attali

Out of Italy: 1450–1650 by Fernand Braudel, translated by Sián Reynolds

Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World by Stephen Greenblatt

Columbus: The Great Adventure: His Life, His Times, and His Voyages by Paolo Emilio Taviani, translated by Luciano F. Farina and Marc A. Beckwith

Why Mona Lisa Smiles and Other Tales by Vasari by Paul Barolsky

Folie à Trois

Politics, Religion and Love: The Story of H.H. Asquith, Venetia Stanley and Edwin Montagu, Based on the Life and Letters of Edwin Samuel Montagu by Naomi B. Levine


Jump and Other Stories by Nadine Gordimer

Playing the Game by Ian Buruma

Asya by Michael Ignatieff

Through the Keyhole

A History of Private Life Vol. IV: From the Fires of Revolution to the Great War edited by Michelle Perrot, translated by Arthur Goldhammer

Creations of the Dark

Circular Evidence by Pat Delgado and Colin Andrews

Crop Circles: The Latest Evidence by Pat Delgado and Colin Andrews

The Crop Circle Enigma: Grounding the Phenomenon in Science, Culture and Metaphysics edited by Ralph Noyes, photographs by Busty Taylor


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.

Noel Annan (1916–2000) was a British military intelligence officer and scholar of European history. His works include Leslie Stephen and Our Age, Changing Enemies: The Defeat and Regeneration of Germany, and The Curious Strength of Positivism in English Political Thought.

John Banville’s novel Snow will be published in October. (April 2020)

David Cannadine is the Dodge Professor of History at Princeton.

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.

Michael Ignatieff is President of Central European University in Budapest. His books include Isaiah Berlin: A Life and The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World. (June 2018)

Louis Menand is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard. His books include The Marketplace of Ideas, American Studies and The Metaphysical Club.

Felix Rohatyn is an investment banker and has been a governor of the New York Stock Exchange, Chairman of the New York Municipal Assistance Corporation, and US Ambassador to France. (October 2008)

Helen Vendler is the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor Emerita in the Department of English at Harvard. Her latest book is The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar, a collection of essays. (December 2019)

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.