Contents


Fantasia

Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War by Frances FitzGerald

Forever Amber

The Amber Forest: A Reconstruction of a Vanished World by George Poinar Jr. and Roberta Poinar. with photographs and drawings by the authors.

The Plot Thickens

The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America
The Stalin Era
by Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev

VENONA: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America by John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr

The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB by Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin

A Time for Spies: Theodore Stephanovich Mally and the Era of the Great Illegals by William E. Duff

The Crown Jewels: The British Secrets at the Heart of the KGB Archives by Nigel West and Oleg Tsarev

A Covert Life: Jay Lovestone: Communist, Anti-Communist, and Spymaster by Ted Morgan

Contributors

Al Alvarez is the author of Risky Business, a selection of essays, many of which first appeared in The New York Review of Books.

John Ashbery’s new book of poems, Commotion of the Birds, will be published in November. (August 2016)

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

Jeremy Bernstein is a theoretical physicist and the author, most recently, of A Bouquet of Numbers and Other Scientific Offerings, a collection of essays.
 (December 2016).

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

Tim Flannery’s Europe: A Natural History was published last year. (November 2019)

Clifford Geertz (1926–2006) was an anthropologist. Widely recognized as the most influential American anthropologist of the twentieth century, Geertz championed the role of symbols in the creation and interpretation of social meaning. His many books include Peddlers and Princes: Social Development and Economic Change in Two Indonesian Towns and Available Light: Anthropological Reflections on Philosophical Topics.

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)

Mark Lilla is Professor of Humanities at Columbia. He is the author of The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction and, most recently, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics.
 Visit marklilla.com. (December 2018)

Hilary Mantel is an English novelist, short story writer, and critic. Her novel, Wolf Hall, won the Man Booker Prize in 2009.

Jonathan Miller has directed operas and plays throughout the world, most recently Pelléas and Mélisande at the Metropolitan Opera. His many books include The Body in Question, States of Mind, On Reflection, and Nowhere in Particular. The article that appears in this issue is based on a talk given at the New York Public Library. (May 2000)

Lars-Erik Nelson (1941-2000) was the Washington columnist for the New York Daily News, and a frequent contributor to the Review.

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)

John Russell (1919–2008) was Chief Art Critic at The New York Times from 1982 until 1990. He was the author of many art-historical studies, including Matisse, Father & Son and The Meanings of Modern Art.

Sophia Woodman is Research Director of the organization Human Rights in China (HRIC) and the editor of HRIC’s quarterly journal, China Rights Forum. She lives in Hong Kong. (May 2000)