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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

Vichy Lives!—In a Way

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

Scientology: The Story

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

Contributors

Joseph Brodsky (1940–1996) was a Russian poet and essayist. Born in Leningrad, Brodsky moved to the United States when he was exiled from Russia in 1972. His poetry collections include A Part of Speech andTo Urania; his essay collections include Less Than One, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Watermark. In 1987, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He served as US Poet Laureate from 1991 to 1992.

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)

Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford. A new edition of his book The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague will be published this fall.
 (October 2019)

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

Zakhar Ishov is completing a doctoral dissertation on Joseph Brodsky and Italy. (April 2013)

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. She is the author of Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce, among other novels, and a memoir, Flyover Lives.
 (October 2017)

Mark Lilla is Professor of Humanities at Columbia. He is the author of The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction and, most recently, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics.
 Visit marklilla.com. (December 2018)

Roderick MacFarquhar was Leroy B. Williams Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at Harvard and editor of The Politics of China: Sixty Years of the People’s Republic of China.

Glyn Maxwell’s books include A Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected ­Poems and On Poetry, which is available in England and will be published in the US in the fall.
 (April 2013)

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.

Pankaj Mishra lives in London and India. His books include From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia and Age of Anger: A History of the Present. (July 2019)

Fintan O’Toole is a columnist for The Irish Times and the Parnell Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge. His most recent book is The Politics of Pain: Postwar England and the Rise of Nationalism.
 (July 2020)

Robert O. Paxton is Mellon Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Columbia and the author of The Anatomy of Fascism, Vichy France, and, with Julie Hessler, Europe in the Twentieth Century, among other works.
 (December 2018)

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

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

Sanford Schwartz is the author of Christen Købke and William Nicholson, and some of his reviews have been collected in The Art Presence and Artists & Writers. (May 2020)

Jim Sterba’s book Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds was published last November. (April 2013)

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast, the Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. His book If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed, and How It Might Be Saved will be published in paperback in June. (July 2020)

Florence Williams is a Contributing Editor at Outside Magazine. Her book Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History was published last year.
 (April 2013)

Robert Winter is Distinguished Professor of Music and holds the Presidential Chair in Music and Interactive Arts at UCLA. He is about to release Music in the Air, the first all-digital history of Western music.(April 2016)