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A Genius for Disaster

Nathaniel Rich’s ‘Odds Against Tomorrow’

Odds Against Tomorrow

by Nathaniel Rich


Obama’s Big Success—Sort Of

Act of Congress: How America’s Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn’t

by Robert G. Kaiser


The Art of Our Terrible War

The Civil War and American Art

an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., November 16, 2012–April 28, 2013, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, May 21–September 2, 2013


What Woody Wrote

On the rediscovered ‘House of Earth’

House of Earth

by Woody Guthrie, edited and introduced by Douglas Brinkley and Johnny Depp


Vichy Lives!—In a Way

The legacy of the Vichy regime in modern France

L’Héritage de Vichy: Ces 100 mesures toujours en vigueur [The Heritage of Vichy: One Hundred Measures That Are Still in Force]

by Cécile Desprairies, with a preface by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie


On a Very High Wire

The Accursed

by Joyce Carol Oates


How Animals May Cause the Next Big One

David Quammen’s ‘Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic’

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

by David Quammen


Asia: ‘The Explosive Transformation’

Three new novels examine the perils and fantasies of capitalism in contemporary Asia

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

by Mohsin Hamid

Five Star Billionaire

by Tash Aw

Beggar’s Feast

by Randy Boyagoda


A New Kind of Woman

The Lives of Margaret Fuller

by John Matteson

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

by Megan Marshall


The ‘Breaking of an Honorable Career’

China Hand: An Autobiography

by John Paton Davies Jr.


Good Listening—And Bad

The Cambridge History of Musical Performance

edited by Colin Lawson and Robin Stowell


Scientology: The Story

Lawrence Wright’s ‘Going Clear’ and Jenna Miscavige Hill’s ‘Beyond Belief’

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

by Lawrence Wright

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

by Jenna Miscavige Hill, with Lisa Pulitzer


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