The Wrong Leonardo?

Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan an exhibition at the National Gallery, London, November 9, 2011–February 5, 2012

The Mother Courage of Rock

Patti Smith: Camera Solo an exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, October 21, 2011–February 19, 2012

Woolgathering by Patti Smith

Auguries of Innocence by Patti Smith

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Patti Smith 1969–1976 photographs by Judy Linn, with an afterword by Patti Smith

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever by Will Hermes

Our Secret American Security State

Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin

Intelligence and US Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform by Paul R. Pillar

Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda by Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker

Afghanistan: The Best Way to Peace

Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979–89 by Rodric Braithwaite

A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan by Artemy M. Kalinovsky

Killing the Cranes: A Reporter’s Journey Through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan by Edward Girardet

Ghosts of Afghanistan: Hard Truths and Foreign Myths by Jonathan Steele

The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers by Peter Tomsen

Afghanistan and Pakistan: Conflict, Extremism, and Resistance to Modernity by Riaz Mohammad Khan

Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan US Department of Defense

Decoding the New Taliban: Insights from the Afghan Field edited by Antonio Giustozzi

An Enemy We Created: The Myth of the Taliban/Al Qaeda Merger in Afghanistan, 1970–2010 by Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn

On the Minds of the Whales

The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century by D. Graham Burnett

The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives by Diana Reiss

The Book From Which Our Literature Springs

Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible by Robert Alter

The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes translated from the Hebrew and with commentary by Robert Alter

The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book by Timothy Beal

The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible by Harold Bloom

Bible: The Story of the King James Version, 1611–2011 by Gordon Campbell

The Apocryphal Gospels: Texts and Translations edited by Bart D. Ehrman and Zlatko Pleše

On Eagles’ Wings: The King James Bible Turns 400 edited by Liana Lupas

Manifold Greatness: The Making of the King James Bible edited by Helen Moore and Julian Reid

Majestie: The King Behind the King James Bible by David Teems

Latin America: The Battleground of Art

Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 6, 2011–January 29, 2012, and the Museo Nacional de Historia, Mexico City, July 6–October 7, 2012

Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World edited by Ilona Katzew


Charles Baxter is the Edelstein-Keller Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. His latest book is There’s Something I Want You to Do: Stories. (April 2018)

Daniela Bleichmar is Assistant Professor of Art History and History at the University of Southern California. Her book Visible Empire: Colonial Botany and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment will be published in March.
 (February 2012)

David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale. He is the author, most recently, of American Breakdown: The Trump Years and How They Befell Us.
 (December 2019)

Steve Coll is Dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Directorate S: The CIA and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (May 2020)

Andrew Delbanco is Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia and President of the Teagle Foundation. His most recent book is The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War. (January 2019)

Tim Flannery’s Europe: A Natural History was ­published last year. (March 2020)

Max Frankel is a former correspondent and editor of The New York Times. His most recent book is High Noon in the Cold War: Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Michael Greenberg is the author of Hurry Down Sunshine and Beg, Borrow, and Steal: A Writer’s Life.
 (May 2020)

Alma Guillermoprieto, who writes regularly for The New York Review about Latin America, is the author of Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution, among other books. (June 2019)

Robert Pogue Harrison teaches literature at Stanford. His latest book is Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age.
 (March 2020)

Max Hastings is the author of many books on military history, including Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War and 
Inferno: The World at War, 1939–45. His latest book is Operation Chastise: The RAF’s Most Brilliant Attack of World War II.
 (May 2020)

Charles Hope was Director of the Warburg Institute, London, from 2001 to 2010. He is the author of Titian.

Simon Leys (1935–2014) was the pen name of Pierre Ryckmans, who was born in Belgium and settled in Australia in 1970. He taught Chinese literature at the Australian Na­tional University and was Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney from 1987 to 1993. Leys was a contributor to such publications as The New York Review of Books, Le Monde, and Le Figaro Littéraire, writing on literature and contemporary China. Among his books are Chinese Shadows, Other People’s Thoughts, and The Wreck of the Batavia & Prosper. In addition to The Death of Napoleon NYRB publishes The Hall of Uselessness, a collection of essays, and On the Abolition of All Political Parties, an essay by Simone Weil that Leys translated and edited. His many awards include the Prix Renaudot, the Prix Femina, the Prix Guizot, and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction.

Anatol Lieven is a Professor at Georgetown University in Qatar and the author of Pakistan: A Hard Country, among other books. (April 2016)

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

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

Luc Sante’s s new collection of essays, Maybe the People Would Be the Times, will be published in September.
 (April 2020)

Paul Wilson’s translation of Bohumil Hrabal’s early stories, Mr. Kafka and Other Tales from the Time of the Cult, is published this month. (November 2015)