Sacred Woods

Forests: The Shadow of Civilization by Robert Pogue Harrison

Hunters and Poachers: A Cultural and Social History of Unlawful Hunting in England 1485–1640 by Roger B. Manning

The Golden Age of Junk

Highly Confident: The True Story of the Crime and Punishment of Michael Milken by Jesse Kornbluth

A License to Steal: The Untold Story of Michael Milken and the Conspiracy to Bilk the Nation by Benjamin J. Stein

The First Junk Bond: A Story of Corporate Boom and Bust by Harlan Platt

Money of the Mind: Borrowing and Lending in America from the Civil War to Michael Milken by James Grant

King Icahn: The Biography of a Renegade Capitalist by Mark Stevens

Den of Thieves by James B. Stewart

Nightmare on Wall Street: Salomon Brothers and the Corruption of the Marketplace by Martin Mayer

High Yield Bonds: Issues Concerning Thrift Investments in High Yield Bonds, 3/2/89, GGD-89-48 General Accounting Office

The Predators’ Ball: The Inside Story of Drexel Burnham and the Rise of the Junk-Bond Raiders by Connie Bruck

The White Plague

The Forgotten Plague: How the Battle Against Tuberculosis Was Won
and Lost
by Frank Ryan

Living in the Shadow of Death: Tuberculosis and the Social Experience of Illness in American History by Sheila M. Rothman

Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the ‘Immigrant Menace’ by Alan M. Kraut

For Their Own Good

Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States by Theda Skocpol

Recollections of the New Deal: When the People Mattered by Thomas H. Eliot, edited and with an introduction by John Kenneth Galbraith

The New Old Nationalism

The Wrath of Nations: Civilization and the Furies of Nationalism by William Pfaff

Ethnonationalism: The Quest for Understanding by Walker Connor

Nationalism: Five Roads to Modernity by Liah Greenfeld

Elusive Prophet: Ahad Ha’am and the Origins of Zionism by Steven J. Zipperstein

Liberal Nationalism by Yael Tamir

Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism by Michael Ignatieff


Roger Alcaly is a hedge fund manager and author of The New Economy. (February 2017)

Julian Barnes’s most recent books are Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art and The Noise of Time, a novel.
 (April 2017)

Anne Barton is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. She is the author of Essays, Mainly Shakespearean.

Breyten Breytenbach is the author of, among other books, True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist, which details his years in the prisons of the apartheid regime in South Africa. (November 1997)

Denis Donoghue is Emeritus University Professor of English and American Letters at NYU. (April 2016)

Ronald Dworkin (1931–2013) was Professor of Philosophy and Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at NYU. His books include Is Democracy Possible Here?, Justice in Robes, Freedom’s Law, and Justice for Hedgehogs. He was the 2007 winner of the Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize for “his pioneering scholarly work” of “worldwide impact” and he was recently awarded the Balzan Prize for his “fundamental contributions to Jurisprudence.”

Alma Guillermoprieto, who writes regularly for The New York Review about Latin America, is the author of Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution, among other books. (June 2019)

Tony Judt (1948–2010) was the founder and director of the Remarque Institute at NYU and the author of Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Ill Fares the Land, and The Burden of Responsibility: Blum, Camus, Aron, and the French Twentieth Century, among other books.

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.

M. F. Perutz (1914–2002) was an Austrian molecular biologist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1962. He is the author of Is Science Necessary?, Protein Structure, and I Wish I’d Made You Angry Earlier.

Patricia Storace is the author of Heredity, a volume of poems, Dinner with Persephone, a travel memoir about Greece, and Sugar Cane, a children’s book. She is the author most recently of the novel A Book of Heaven.

 (December 2018)