The Destruction of Germany

Der Brand: Deutschland im Bombenkrieg 1940–1945(The Fire: Germany in the Bombing War, 1940–1945) by Jörg Friedrich

Brandstätten: Der Anblick des Bombenkriegs(Scenes of Fire: A View of the Bombing War) by Jörg Friedrich

The Myth of the Olympics

The Ancient Olympics: A History by Nigel Spivey

Games and Sanctuaries in Ancient Greece: Olympia, Delphi, Isthmia, Nemea, Athens by Panos Valavanis

Wrestling with the Ancients: Modern Greek Identity and the Olympics by Alexander Kitroeff

Olympics in Athens, 1896: The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games by Michael Llewellyn Smith

Ancient Greek Athletics by Stephen G. Miller

Unloved in Arabia

House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World’s Two Most Powerful Dynasties by Craig Unger

Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Dissent by Mamoun Fandy

Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism by Dore Gold

Inside the Mirage: America’s Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia by Thomas Lippman

Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude by Robert Baer

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Saudi Arabia by Colin Wells

Can Saudi Arabia Reform Itself? a report by the International Crisis Group

Loves of the Lambs

Essays of Elia by Charles Lamb, with a foreword by Phillip Lopate

A Double Life: A Biography of Charles and Mary Lamb by Sarah Burton

The Devil Kissed Her: The Story of Mary Lamb by Kathy Watson

Leo Strauss: The European

Gesammelte Schriften, Vol. 1: Die Religionskritik Spinozas und zugehörige Schriften by Leo Strauss,edited by Heinrich Meier

Gesammelte Schriften, ol. 2: Philosophie und Gesetz— Frühe Schriften by Leo Strauss,edited by Heinrich Meier

Gesammelte Schriften, Vol. 3: Hobbes’ politische Wissenschaft und zugehörige Schriften—Briefe by Leo Strauss, edited by Heinrich Meier

Leo Strauss: The Early Writings (1921–1932) translated from the Germanand edited by Michael Zank

Tussen Athene en Jeruzalem: Filosofie, profetie en politiek in het werk van Leo Strauss by David Janssens

Die Denkbewegung von Leo Strauss: Die Geschichte der Philosophie und die Intentionen des Philosophen by Heinrich Meier

Das theologisch-politische Problem: Zum Thema von Leo Strauss by Heinrich Meier

Leo Strauss: Une biographie intellectuelle by Daniel Tanguay


Kofi Annan was until recently the Secretary-General of the United Nations. (February 2007)

Neal Ascherson is the author of Black Sea, Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland and the novel Death of the Fronsac. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
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Ian Buruma is the author of numerous books, including Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Year Zero: A History of 1945, and, most recently, A Tokyo Romance.

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.
 (May 2016)

George M. Fredrickson is Edgar E. Robinson Professor of US History Emeritus at Stanford. His recent books include Racism: A Short History and Not Just Black and White, a collection co-edited with Nancy Foner.

Benjamin M. Friedman is the William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy at Harvard and the author of The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth. He is currently finishing a book on the historical influence of religious thinking on economic thinking.
 (June 2019)

Stephen Greenblatt is the Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard. He is the author of The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve: The Story That Created Us and Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, among other books. (June 2020)

Jasper Griffin is Emeritus Professor of Classical Literature and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. His books include Homer on Life and Death.

Anthony Hecht’sCollected Later Poems and Melodies Unheard: Essays on the Mysteries of Poetry were published in 2003. He died on October 20. (December 2004)

Stanley Hoffmann (1928-2015) was the Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor at Harvard. His most recent books are Chaos and Violence: What Globalization, Failed States, and Terrorism Mean for US Foreign Policy and Rousseau and Freedom, coedited with Christie McDonald.

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. She is the author of Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce, among other novels, and a memoir, Flyover Lives.
 (October 2017)

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.
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Adrian Lyttelton is a Fellow of the Johns Hopkins ­University Center in Bologna and the author of The Seizure of Power: Fascism in Italy, 1919–1929.
 (December 2019)

William H. McNeill is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Chicago. His most recent books are The Pursuit of Truth: A Historian’s Memoir and Summers Long Ago: On Grandfather’s Farm and in Grandmother’s Kitchen, published by the Berkshire Publishing Group. His most recent publication, as editor, is the second edition of the Encyclopedia of World History.

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

Max Rodenbeck is the South Asia Bureau Chief for The Economist. (November 2019)

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)

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.

Lorin Stein is Editor of The Paris Review. (December 2011)