The Cruelest Sport

Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times by Thomas Hauser

The Black Lights: Inside the World of Professional Boxing by Thomas Hauser

Sports Illustrated Boxing’s Best: Muhammad Ali HBO Video, 60 minutes, $9.99

Ali vs. Foreman, 1974 Hemdale Home Video, 44 minutes, $19.95

The Ali/Norton Trilogy NAC Home Video, 90 minutes (out of print)

Muhammad Ali: Skill, Brains and Guts Vid-America Inc., 90 minutes (out of print)

Willie Horton’s Message

Public Opinion in America: Moods, Cycles, and Swings by James A. Stimson

The Reasoning Voter: Communication and Persuasion in Presidential Campaigns by Samuel L. Popkin

The End of Realignment? Interpreting American Electoral Eras edited by Byron E. Shafer

JFK’s Big Moment

The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960–1963 by Michael R. Beschloss

Eyeball to Eyeball: The Inside Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Dino A. Brugioni

The Alchemist

Anselm Kiefer by Mark Rosenthal

The Books of Anselm Kiefer, 1969-1990 edited by Götz Adriani, translated by Bruni Mayor

Anselm Kiefer: The High Priestess foreword by Anne Seymour, essay by Armin Zweite

Anselm Kiefer: Lilith essay by Doreet LeVitte Harten

Anselm Kiefer: Jason essay by John Hutchinson

Demonic Democracy

Fleeing the Iron Cage: Culture, Politics, and Modernity in the Thought of Max Weber by Lawrence A. Scaff

Max Weber Briefe 1906–1908 (Max Weber Gesamtausgabe, Abteilung II, Band V) edited by M. Rainer Lepsius, edited by Wolfgang J. Mommsen, in collaboration with Birgit Rudhard and Manfred Schön


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.

Jack Flam is Distinguished Professor of Art History at Brooklyn College and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His new book, Matisse and Picasso: The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship, has just been published. (March 2003)

Alan Lightman, a physicist, teaches at MIT. His latest book is The Diagnosis. (May 2002)

David Lodge is a novelist and critic and Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, England. His novels include Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work, and A Man of Parts. His most recent works of criticism are Consciousness and the Novel and The Year of Henry James.

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932 and emigrated to England in 1950, when he won a scholarship to University College, Oxford. He is the author of many novels, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and In a Free State, which won the Booker Prize. He has also written several nonfiction works based on his travels, including India: A Million Mutinies Now and Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples. He was knighted in 1990 and in 1993 was the first recipient of the David Cohen British Literature Prize.

Joyce Carol Oates’s most recent book is Hazards of Time Travel. She is currently a Visiting Professor in the English Department at the University of California at Berkeley. (May 2019)

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

Witold Rybczynski is the Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, and is the architecture critic for Slate. His book on American building, Last Harvest, was published in 2007.

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)