Churchill and His Myths

Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: The Dire Warning by John Lukacs

Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England by Lynne Olson

Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization by Nicholson Baker

Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost the Empire and the West Lost the World by Patrick J. Buchanan.

Iraq: Will We Ever Get Out?

The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict by Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes

Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy by Andrew Cockburn

Still Broken: A Recruit’s Inside Account of Intelligence Failures, from Baghdad to the Pentagon by A.J. Rossmiller

The Soviet-Afghan War: How a Superpower Fought and Lost by the Russian General Staff, translated from the Russian and edited by Lester W. Grau and Michael A. Gress

The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan translated from the Russian and edited by Lester W. Grau

The Other Side of the Mountain: Mujahideen Tactics in the Soviet-Afghan War by Ali Ahmad Jalali and Lester W. Grau

The Fateful Pebble: Afghanistan’s Role in the Fall of the Soviet Empire by Anthony Arnold

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll

The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the State of Iran by Yossi Melman and Meir Javedanfar

The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America by Kenneth M. Pollack

Women Artists Win!

Bathers, Bodies, Beauty: The Visceral Eye by Linda Nochlin

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution an exhibition at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, February 17–May 12, 2008

Giddy & Malevolent

Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky: A London Trilogy by Patrick Hamilton, with an introduction by Susanna Moore

The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton, with an introduction by David Lodge

Hangover Square: A Story of Darkest Earl’s Court by Patrick Hamilton

The Rise of the Muslim Terrorists

Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-first Century by Marc Sageman

The Talibanization of Southeast Asia: Losing the War on Terror to Islamist Extremists by Bilveer Singh

Al Qaeda in Its Own Words edited by Gilles Kepel and Jean-Pierre Milelli, translated from the Arabic by Pascale Ghazaleh

The Sayyid Qutb Reader: Selected Writings on Politics, Religion, and Society edited by Albert J. Bergesen

Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11 by Matthias Küntzel, translated from the German by Colin Meade

Architect of Global Jihad: The Life of al-Qaida Strategist Abu Mus’ab al-Suri by Brynjar Lia

The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State by Noah Feldman

Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari’a by Abdullahi Ahmed an-Na'im

How We Missed the Story: Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan by Roy Gutman


Al Alvarez is the author of Risky Business, a selection of essays, many of which first appeared in The New York Review of Books.

Robert Barnett is Director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia and the author most recently of–ÊLhasa: Streets with Memories and co-editor with Ronald Schwartz of Tibetan Modernities: Notes from the Field on Cultural and Social Change. (May 2008)

Eamon Duffy is Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity at Cambridge. His book Royal Books and Holy Bones: Essays in Medieval Christianity was published last year.
 (December 2019)

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

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

Larry McMurtry lives in Archer City, Texas. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove (winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), Folly and Gloryand Rhino Ranch. His nonfiction works include a biography of Crazy Horse, Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen, Paradise, Sacagawea’s Nickname: Essays on the American West and, most recently, Custer.

Jay Neugeboren is the author of twenty-two books of fiction and nonfiction, including the memoir Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness, and Survival and, most recently, the novel Max Baer and the Star of David (2016). (August 2020)

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)

Francine Prose is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard. Her newest book is a collection of essays, What to Read and Why.
 (April 2020)

Frank Rich is a writer-at-large for New York magazine. His books include Ghost Light, a memoir, and The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth in Bush’s America. He is an Executive Producer of the HBO series Veep.

Robin Robertson is from the northeast coast of Scotland. His fifth collection of poetry will be published next year. (June 2012)

Ingrid D. Rowland is a Professor of History and Classics at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway. Her latest books are The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art, cowritten with Noah Charney, and The Divine Spark of Syracuse. (August 2020)

Malise Ruthven is the author of Islam in the World and 
Fundamentalism: The Search for Meaning, among other books. He recently edited Carving Up the Globe: An Atlas of Diplomacy.
 (February 2019)

Jeremy Waldron is University Professor at the NYU School of Law. His books include The Harm in Hate Speech and, most recently, One Another’s Equals: The Basis of Human Equality.
 (June 2017)

Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s books include The Controversy of Zion, The Strange Death of Tory England, and Yo, Blair! His new book, Churchill’s Bust, will be published next year.
 (May 2020)