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The Likely Winner

Dysfunction will continue to reign

The Dreamers

Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

an exhibition at Tate Britain, London, September 12, 2012–January 13, 2013; the National Gallery, Washington, D.C., February 17–May 19, 2013; and the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, June 10–September 30, 2013.


‘A Bombshell on the American Public’

‘Lincoln’s Hundred Days’ and three other books about the events of 1862

Emancipating Lincoln: The Proclamation in Text, Context, and Memory

by Harold Holzer

Lincoln’s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union

by Louis P. Masur

The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution

by Richard Slotkin

Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year

by David Von Drehle


Election by Connection

Electoral advice from Quintus Tullius Cicero

How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians

by Quintus Tullius Cicero, translated from the Latin and with an introduction by Philip Freeman


A Heroine in Defense of Nature

On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson

by William Souder


Why Did Isabel Go Back?

Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece

by Michael Gorra


China: Worse Than You Ever Imagined

An epic account of the worst famine in history

Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958–1962

by Yang Jisheng, translated from the Chinese by Stacy Mosher and Guo Jian

The Great Famine in China, 1958–1962: A Documentary History

edited by Zhou Xun

Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958–1962

by Frank Dikötter

Mubei: Zhongguo liushi niandai dajihuang jiushi [Tombstone: A True History of the Great Famine in China in the 1960s]

by Yang Jisheng

Hungry Ghosts: Mao’s Secret Famine

by Jasper Becker


Freedom & Diversity: A Liberal Pentagram for Living Together

Europe’s Angry Muslims: The Revolt of the Second Generation

by Robert S. Leiken

Muslims in Europe: A Report on 11 EU Cities

by the Open Society Institute

The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims: The State’s Role in Minority Integration

by Jonathan Laurence

The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age

by Martha C. Nussbaum

Immigrant Nations

by Paul Scheffer, translated from the Dutch by Liz Waters


‘Why Didn’t You Kill Him?’

May We Be Forgiven

by A.M. Homes


He Found the Real Alexander

Collected Papers on Alexander the Great

by Ernst Badian


A Prince of the Palefaces

Thornton Wilder: A Life

by Penelope Niven


The Politics of Fear

The Global War on Terror shows no sign of coming to an end

Where the Macabre & the Fantastic Meet

Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets

an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, August 12, 2012–January 7, 2013


Finally, We Know About the Moscow Bombings

The Moscow Bombings of September 1999: Examinations of Russian Terrorist Attacks at the Onset of Vladimir Putin’s Rule

by John B. Dunlop


What Happened to Michelle in Forest Hills?

Behind the tabloid story of the “murder orphan” in Queens

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