Their Master’s Voice

Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden edited and with an introductionby Bruce Lawrence, translated from the Arabic by James Howarth

The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda’s Leader by Peter L. Bergen

Are We Safer?

The Next Attack: The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting It Right by Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon

The Mess

My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope by L. Paul Bremer III with Malcolm McConnell

The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq by George Packer

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

The Ice Museum: In Search of the Lost Land of Thule by Joanna Kavenna

Ice: The Nature, the History, and the Uses of an Astonishing Substance by Mariana Gosnell


Hussein Agha is Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and coauthor of A Framework for a Palestinian National Security Doctrine. (November 2012)

Gabriele Annan is a book and film critic living in London. (March 2006)

Peter Canby is the author of The Heart of the Sky: Travels Among the Maya. He is an editor and the head of the fact-checking department at The New Yorker. (November 2005)

David Cole is the National Legal Director of the ACLU and the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center. His latest book is Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed. (October 2019)

Peter W. Galbraith is a former US ambassador to Croatia and assistant secretary general of the United Nations in Afghanistan. He is the author of two books on the Iraq War, The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End and Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America’s Enemies.

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

Alan Hollinghurst’s latest novel is The Sparsholt Affair. (December 2018)

Evan Hughes is on the editorial staff of The New York Review of Books. (March 2006)

Arthur Kempton, the author of Boogaloo: The Quintessence of American Popular Music, is a fellow at the Institute for African-American Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. (March 2006)

Brad Leithauser is a novelist, poet, and essayist. He lives in Massachusetts.

Adrian Lyttelton is Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University Center in Bologna and the author of The Seizure of Power: Fascism in Italy 1919–1929. (March 2006)

Robert Malley is Middle East and North Africa Program Director at the International Crisis Group. He is writing here in his personal capacity. (November 2012)

Geoffrey O’Brien’s books include The Phantom Empire, Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002–2012, and, most recently, the poetry collection The Blue Hill. (August 2019)

Max Rodenbeck is the South Asia Bureau Chief for The Economist. (November 2018)

Charles Rosen was a pianist and music critic. In 2011 he was awarded a National Humanities Medal.

Charles Simic has been Poet Laureate of the United States. Come Closer and Listen, his latest book of poems, will be out next year. (August 2018)