The Would-Be Progressives

They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era by E.J. Dionne Jr.

In Defense of Government: The Fall and Rise of Public Trust by Jacob Weisberg

Left for Dead: The Life, Death, and Possible Resurrection of Progressive Politics in America by Michael Tomasky

Values Matter Most: How Republicans or Democrats or a Third Party Can Win and Renew the American Way of Life by Ben J. Wattenberg

The New Promise of American Life edited by Lamar Alexander, edited by Chester E. Finn Jr.

Goodbye to Affirmative Action?

The Ironies of Affirmative Action: Politics, Culture, and Justice in America by John David Skrentny

Ending Affirmative Action: The Case for Colorblind Justice by Terry Eastland

In Defense of Affirmative Action by Barbara R. Bergmann

Divided by Color: Racial Politics and Democratic Ideals by Donald R. Kinder and Lynn M. Sanders

The Future of the Race by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cornel West

How To Win the Tobacco War

Ashes to Ashes: America’s Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris by Richard Kluger

The Cigarette Papers by Stanton A. Glantz and John Slade and Lisa A. Bero and Peter Hanauer and Deborah E. Barnes

Smokescreen: The Truth Behind the Tobacco Industry Cover-up by Philip J. Hilts

Some Versions of Pastoral

Dream Reaper: The Story of an Old-fashioned Inventor in the High-Tech, High-Stakes World of Modern Agriculture by Craig Canine

Fields Without Dreams: Defending the Agrarian Idea by Victor Davis Hanson

Another Turn of the Crank by Wendell Berry

The Stork and the Plow: The Equity Answer to the Human Dilemma by Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich and Gretchen C. Daily

Stalin and the Jews

Out of the Red Shadows: Anti-Semitism in Stalin’s Russia by Gennadi Kostyrchenko

Nepravedniy Sud: Posledniy Stalinskiy Rasstrel (The Unjust Trial: Stalin’s Last Execution) edited by V.P. Naumov

The Bones of Berdichev: The Life and Fate of Vasily Grossman by John Garrard and Carol Garrard

Mrs. Eddy Builds Her Empire

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy

‘With Bleeding Footsteps’: Mary Baker Eddy’s Path to Religious Leadership by Robert David Thomas

Christian Science by Mark Twain

The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy & the History of Christian Science by Willa Cather and Georgine Milmine


Joseph Brodsky (1940–1996) was a Russian poet and essayist. Born in Leningrad, Brodsky moved to the United States when he was exiled from Russia in 1972. His poetry collections include A Part of Speech andTo Urania; his essay collections include Less Than One, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Watermark. In 1987, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He served as US Poet Laureate from 1991 to 1992.

Robert Conquest, a Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, is the author of The Great Terror. (March 1997)

James Fenton is a British poet and literary critic. From 1994 until 1999, he was Oxford Professor of Poetry; in 2015 he was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize. He is the author of School of Genius: A History of the Royal Academy of Arts and, most recently, Yellow Tulips: Poems, 1968–2011. (May 2020)

Caroline Fraser’s most recent book, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, received the Pulitzer Prize for biography. Her first book, God’s Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church, was reissued last fall. (May 2020)

P. N. Furbank is the author of nine books, including biographies of Samuel Butler, Italo Svevo, and E.M. Forster.

Andrew Hacker teaches political science at Queens College. He is currently working on a book about the Republican Party. (September 2018)

Richard Jenkyns, a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, is Professor of the Classical Tradition at Oxford. His most recent book is Virgil’s Experience.(November 2001)

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.

Jeff Madrick is the Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative at the Century Foundation and the Editor of Challenge. His most recent book is Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Damaged America and the World. (June 2018)

Michael Massing, a former executive editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, is the author of Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind. (February 2018)

Bill McKibben is the founder of and Schumann ­Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury. His new book is Falter: Has the Human Game Played Itself Out?
 (August 2020)

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)

John Weightman (1915–2004) was a critic and literary scholar. After working as a translator and announcer for the BBC French service, Weightman turned to the study of French literature. He taught at King’s College London and the University of London. His books include The Concept of the Avant-Gardeand The Cat Sat on the Mat: Language and the Absurd.

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)