Contents


Eastwood’s War

Flags of Our Fathers a film directed by Clint Eastwood

Letters from Iwo Jima a film directed by Clint Eastwood

Treasures of Vanity

Pages from the Goncourt Journals by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, edited, translated from the French, and with an introduction by Robert Baldick, and with a foreword by Geoff Dyer

What Is a Tree?

The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter by Colin Tudge

The Plant-Book: A Portable Dictionary of the Vascular Plants, Second Edition by D.J. Mabberley

Is the UN Doomed?

The UN Exposed: How The United Nations Sabotages America’s Security and Fails the World by Eric Shawn

The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations by Paul Kennedy

The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of American World Power by James Traub

Contributors

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

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)

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.

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)

Helen Epstein is Visiting Professor of Human Rights and Global Public Health at Bard. She is the author of Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda, and the War on Terror and The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa. She has served as a consultant for numerous organizations, including UNICEF, the World Bank, and Human Rights Watch. (October 2019)

Tim Flannery’s new book is Europe: A Natural History. 
(March 2019)

Sue Halpern is a regular contributor to The New York Review and a Scholar-in-Residence at Middlebury. Her latest book is a novel, ­Summer Hours at the Robbers Library. (April 2019)

Tony Judt (1948–2010) was the founder and director of the Remarque Institute at NYU and the author of Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Ill Fares the Land, and The Burden of Responsibility: Blum, Camus, Aron, and the French Twentieth Century, among other books.

Julia Kim is a physician and researcher based at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and the Health Policy Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK). She has been living and working in rural South Africa for the past nine years. (February 2007)

Paul Krugman is a columnist for The New York Times and Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2008.
 (July 2016)

Joseph Lelyveld’s most recent book is His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt. (November 2017)

John Leonard writes on books every month for Harper’s and on television every week for New York magazine. (June 2007)

Janet Malcolm’s latest book is Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers. Her next essay collection, Nobody’s Looking at You, will be published next year. (July 2018)

William Pfaff’s latest book is The Irony of Manifest Destiny: The Tragedy of America’s Foreign Policy.
 (June 2013)

Graham Robb is the author of biographies of Balzac, Hugo, and Rimbaud. His latest book is The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts.
 (December 2013)

Christopher de Hamel is Donnelley Fellow Librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was for many years responsible for sales of medieval illuminated manuscripts at Sotheby’s. He is the author of many books on medieval manuscripts and the history of book collecting. (February 2007)