Love and Walt Whitman

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

Why They Do It

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

Ah, Wilderness!

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 Jewish Question

The Jewish Prison: A Rebellious Meditation on the State of Judaism by Jean Daniel, translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell

Horror Tour

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

An American Tragedy

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


Shaul Bakhash is Robinson Professor of History at George Mason University and the author of The Reign of the Ayatollahs: Iran and the Islamic Revolution. (September 2005)

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

Christopher Benfey is the Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author of five books, including Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival and, most recently, IF: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years. (July 2020)

Christian Caryl is an editor at the Opinions section of The Washington Post and the author of Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the Twenty-First Century. (March 2020)

Michael Chabon lives and works in Berkeley and Los Angeles. (September 2019)

J.M. Coetzee is Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. He is the author of seventeen works of fiction, as well as ­numerous works of criticism and translation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. (September 2019)

Anita Desai is the author, most recently, of The Artist of Disappearance, a collection of three novellas. (October 2015)

Richard Dorment was the art critic for the Daily Telegraph between 1986 and 2015.

Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. His latest book is Revolutionary Russia, 1891–1991: A History.

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Keith Gessen is a founding editor of n+1 and the editor and cotranslator of Kirill Medvedev’s It’s No Good.

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.

Edmund S. Morgan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. His most recent book is The Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America. (June 2011)

Joyce Carol Oates’s most recent book is Hazards of Time Travel. She is currently a Visiting Professor in the English Department at the University of California at Berkeley. (May 2019)

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)

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.

Adam Shatz is a Contributing Editor at the London ­Review of Books. (June 2020)

Scott Staton is on the editorial staff of The New York Review. (September 2005)