Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
Art and the Power of Placement by Victoria Newhouse
Memoranda During the War by Walt Whitman, edited by Peter Coviello
Leaves of Grass: The First (1855) Edition by Walt Whitman, edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom
Leaves of Grass: 150th Anniversary Edition by Walt Whitman, edited and with an afterword by David S. Reynolds
Walt Whitman by David S. Reynolds
To Walt Whitman, America by Kenneth M. Price
Transatlantic Connections: Whitman US, Whitman UK by M. Wynn Thomas
Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism by Robert A. Pape
Making Sense of Suicide Missions edited by Diego Gambetta
Suicide Bombers: Allah’s New Martyrs by Farhad Khosrokhavar,translated from the Frenchby David Macey
Perfect Soldiers: The Hijackers—Who They Were, Why They Did It by Terry McDermott
The Road to Martyrs’ Square:A Journey into the Worldof the Suicide Bomber by Anne Marie Oliver and Paul F. Steinberg
Suicide Terrorism by Ami Pedahzur
Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror by Mia Bloom
Ivan the Terrible: First Tsar of Russia by Isabel de Madariaga
Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America’s Most Hopeful Landscape: Vermont’s Champlain Valley and New York’s Adirondacks by Bill McKibben
Confluence: A River, the Environment, Politics, and the Fate of All Humanity by Nathaniel Tripp, with a foreword by Howard Dean
The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America by Gary B. Nash
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Jewish Prison: A Rebellious Meditation on the State of Judaism by Jean Daniel, translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell
Smile an album by Brian Wilson
The American Classics: A Personal Essay by Denis Donoghue.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Birth of the Modern Arms Race by Priscilla J. McMillan
Oppenheimer: Portrait of an Enigma by Jeremy Bernstein
J. Robert Oppenheimer and the American Century by David C. Cassidy
Christopher Benfey is the Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author of five books about the American Gilded Age, including Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival (2012) and, most recently, IF: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years, published this month by Penguin. (July 2019)
Michael Chabon is the author of several books, including The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son and most recently, Telegraph Avenue.
J.M. Coetzee is Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. He is the author of sixteen works of fiction, as well as numerous works of criticism and translation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. His story in this issue is adapted from Moral Tales, a forthcoming collection. (December 2017)
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.
W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in Union City, New Jersey, and in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From 1949 to 1951 he worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca. He has since lived in many parts of the world, most recently on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. He is the author of many books of poems, prose, and translations and has received both the Pulitzer and the Bollingen Prizes for poetry, among numerous other awards. His new poetry collection is The Moon Before Morning.
Jonathan Raban’s books include Surveillance, My Holy War, Arabia, Old Glory, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, Bad Land, Passage to Juneau, and Waxwings. His most recent book is Driving Home: An American Journey, published in 2011. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heinemann Award of the Royal Society of Literature, the PEN/West Creative Nonfiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, and the Governor’s Award of the State of Washington. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and The Independent. He lives in Seattle.