Splendid Lies

J.M.W. Turner an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., October 1, 2007–January 6, 2008; the Dallas Museum of Art, February 10–May 18, 2008; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, June 24–September 21, 2008


For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond

For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond by Ben Macintyre

Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks, writing as Ian Fleming

Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

ZigZag: The Incredible Wartime Exploits of Double Agent Eddie Chapman by Nicholas Booth

The Spy Within: Larry Chin and China’s Penetration of the CIA by Tod Hoffman

The Other North Korea

Jia: A Novel of North Korea by Hyejin Kim

North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea by Andrei Lankov

A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church

Hidden Moon by James Church

Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the World’s Most Repressive Country by Mike Kim

China: Humiliation & the Olympics

Dark Matter a film directed by Chen Shi-Zheng

Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 1895–2008 by Xu Guoqi

China’s New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society by Daniel A. Bell

China’s New Nationalism: Pride, Politics, and Diplomacy by Peter Hays Gries

China’s Great Leap: The Beijing Olympic Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges Edited by Minky Worden, with an introduction by Nicholas Kristof

Rembrandt—The Jewish Connection?

Rembrandt’s Jews by Steven Nadler

De “joodse” Rembrandt: De mythe ontrafeld [The “Jewish” Rembrandt: The Myth Revealed] an exhibition at the Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam, November 10, 2006–February 4, 2007.

Rembrandt in de propaganda 1940–1945

The Devastation of Iraq’s Past

Catastrophe! The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past an exhibition at the Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago, April 10-December 31, 2008.

The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq edited by Peter G. Stone and Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly

Antiquities Under Siege: Cultural Heritage Protection After the Iraq War edited by Lawrence Rothfield

Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq by Patrick Cockburn

Reclaiming a Plundered Past: Archaeology and Nation Building in Modern Iraq by Magnus T. Bernhardsson

The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Epic of Gilgamesh by David Damrosch

American Hostage by Micah Garen and Marie-Hélène Carleton

The Strange History of Birth Control

Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population by Matthew Connelly

Reproducing Inequities: Poverty and the Politics of Population in Haiti by M. Catherine Maternowska, with a foreword by Paul Farmer

The Democrats & National Security

Us vs. Them: How a Half Century of Conservatism Has Undermined America’s Security by J. Peter Scoblic

Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats by Matthew Yglesias


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)

Roger Cohen is a columnist for The New York Times. His most recent book is the memoir The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family. (May 2016)

Robert Darnton’s latest book is A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution. He is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard.
 (December 2019)

Michael Dirda is a Pulitzer Prize–winning critic for The Washington Post and the author of several collections of essays, including Classics for Pleasure and Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books.
 (May 2020)

Ronald Dworkin (1931–2013) was Professor of Philosophy and Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at NYU. His books include Is Democracy Possible Here?, Justice in Robes, Freedom’s Law, and Justice for Hedgehogs. He was the 2007 winner of the Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize for “his pioneering scholarly work” of “worldwide impact” and he was recently awarded the Balzan Prize for his “fundamental contributions to Jurisprudence.”

Hugh Eakin is the Gilder Lehrman Fellow in American History at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. (November 2017)

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. (March 2020)

Joshua Hammer is a former Newsweek Bureau Chief and Correspondent-­at-Large in Africa and the Middle East. His new book, The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird, will be published in February.
 (November 2019)

Richard Holmes is the author of Shelley, Footsteps, Coleridge, The Age of Wonder, Falling Upwards, and, most recently, This Long Pursuit.
 (June 2019)

Janet Malcolm’s latest book is Nobody’s Looking at You, a collection of essays. (April 2020)

Hilary Mantel is an English novelist, short story writer, and critic. Her novel, Wolf Hall, won the Man Booker Prize in 2009.

Jane Mayer is a staff writer for The New Yorker. The essay in this issue is based on her book The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, which was published in July by Doubleday. (August 2008)

Benjamin Moser is the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector and Sontag: Her Life and Work (2019), which won a Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2020. A columnist for the New York Times Book Review, he is also the series editor of the new translations of Lispector’s works for New Directions. (May 2020)

Samantha Power is United States Ambassador to the United ­Nations. Her article in this issue is drawn from a lecture at the American Academy in Berlin. (August 2016)

Orville Schell is the former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on US–China Relations at the Asia Society in New York City, and the coauthor with John Delury of Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century. (April 2016)

Cathleen Schine’s novel The Grammarians was published in September. (January 2020)

Zadie Smith’s new story collection, Grand Union, was published in October. (February 2020)

Jonathan Spence is Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. Among his books are The Death of Woman Wang, Treason by the Book, The Question of Hu, and The Search for Modern China.

John Updike (1932–2009) was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania. In 1954 he began to publish in The New Yorker, where he continued to contribute short stories, poems, and criticism until his death. His major work was the set of four novels chronicling the life of Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, two of which, Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His last books were the novel The Widows of Eastwick and Due Considerations, a collection of his essays and criticism.

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)