No Laughing Matter

Nightmover: How Aldrich Ames Sold the CIA to the KGB for $4.6 Million by David Wise

Betrayal: The Story of Aldrich Ames, an American Spy by Tim Weiner and David Johnston and Neil A. Lewis

Killer Spy: The Inside Story of the FBI’s Pursuit and Capture of Aldrich Ames, America’s Deadliest Spy by Peter Maas

Sellout: Aldrich Ames and the Corruption of the CIA by James Adams

In China’s Gulag

Red in Tooth and Claw: Twenty-six Years in Communist Chinese Prisons by Pu Ning

Bitter Winds: A Memoir of My Years in China’s Gulag by Harry Wu and Carolyn Wakeman

Blood Red Sunset: A Memoir of the Chinese Cultural Revolution by Ma Bo, translated by Howard Goldblatt

Grass Soup by Zhang Xianliang, translated by Martha Avery

Hopper’s Polluted Silence

Edward Hopper and the American Imagination 22–October 15 an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June

Edward Hopper and the American Imagination catalog of the exhibition by Deborah Lyons and Adam D. Weinberg. edited by Julie Grau, with contributions by fourteen others

Edward Hopper: The Art and the Artist by Gail Levin

Edward Hopper’s New England by Carl Little

Hopper by Mark Strand

Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonné edited by Gail Levin

The Backward Look

The Life of Arseniev: Youth by Ivan Bunin, Books 1–4 translated by Gleb Struve and Hamish Miles, Book 5 translated by Heidi Hillis and Susan McKean and Sven A. Wolf, edited, annotated and with an introduction by Andrew Baruch Wachtel

Ivan Bunin: Russian Requiem 1885–1920, A Portrait from Letters, Diaries, and Fiction edited with an introduction and notes by Thomas Gaiton Marullo

Ivan Bunin: From the Other Shore 1920–1933, A Portrait from Letters, Diaries, and Fiction edited with an introduction and notes by Thomas Gaiton Marullo

Mother of the World

Egyptomania: Egypt in Western Art, 1730–1930 National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna an exhibition held in 1994 at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, the

Egyptomania: Egypt in Western Art, 1730–1930 catalog of the exhibition by Jean-Marcel Humbert and Michael Pantazzi and Christiane Ziegler

The New Revolutionaries

The Turner Diaries by Andrew" (William L. Pierce) "Macdonald

Warriors Dreams: Violence and Manhood in Post-Vietnam America by James William Gibson

The Ashes of Waco: An Investigation by Dick J. Reavis

Guns, Crime, and Freedom by Wayne R. LaPierre, foreword by Tom Clancy

Report from Iron Mountain on the Possibility and Desirability of Peace by Leonard L. Lewin

The Politics of Righteousness: Idaho Christian Patriotism by James A. Aho

In the Shadow of War: The United States Since the 1930s by Michael S. Sherry

This Thing of Darkness: A Sociology of the Enemy by James A. Aho

Why Waco? Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America by James D. Tabor and Eugene V. Gallagher


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

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

John Bayley is a critic and novelist. His books include Elegy for Iris and The Power of Delight: A Lifetime in Literature.

Robert Darnton’s latest book is A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution. He is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard.
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Joan Didion is the author, most recently, of Blue Nights and The Year of Magical Thinking, among seven other works of nonfiction. Her five novels include A Book of Common Prayer and Democracy.
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Elizabeth Hardwick (1916–2007) was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and educated at the University of Kentucky and Columbia University. A recipient of a Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is the author of three novels, a biography of Herman Melville, and four collections of essays. She was a co-founder and advisory editor of The New York Review of Books and contributed more than one hundred reviews, articles, reflections, and letters to the magazine. NYRB Classics publishes Sleepless Nights, a novel, and Seduction and Betrayal, a study of women in literature.

Sarah Kerr, a longtime contributor to The New York Review, lives near Washington, D.C. (November 2014)

Richard C. Lewontin is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Biology at Harvard University. He is the author of The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change and Biology as Ideology, and the co-author of The Dialectical Biologist (with Richard Levins) and Not in Our Genes (with Steven Rose and Leon Kamin).

Thomas Powers’s books include The Man Who Kept the ­Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA and Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to al-Qaeda. (June 2019)

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)

Ingrid D. Rowland is a Professor of History and Classics at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway. Her latest books are The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art, cowritten with Noah Charney, and The Divine Spark of Syracuse. (August 2020)

Cathleen Schine’s novel The Grammarians was published in September. (January 2020)

Jonathan Spence is Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. Among his books are The Death of Woman Wang, Treason by the Book, The Question of Hu, and The Search for Modern China.

Strobe Talbott is Distinguished Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. He was Deputy Secretary of State from 1994 to 2001. (December 2017)

John Updike (1932–2009) was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania. In 1954 he began to publish in The New Yorker, where he continued to contribute short stories, poems, and criticism until his death. His major work was the set of four novels chronicling the life of Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, two of which, Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His last books were the novel The Widows of Eastwick and Due Considerations, a collection of his essays and criticism.

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)