The Civil War Pictures: True or False?

Photography and the American Civil War an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, April 2–September 2, 2013; the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina, September 27, 2013–January 5, 2014; and the New Orleans Museum of Art, January 31–May 4, 2014

Equality and the Roberts Court: Four Decisions

United States v. Windsor
Hollingsworth v. Perry
two cases decided by the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013

Shelby County v. Holder a case decided by the Supreme Court, June 25, 2013

Fisher v. University of Texas a case decided by the Supreme Court, June 24, 2013

The Battle of Britten

Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century by Paul Kildea

Letters from a Life: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, 1913–1976: Volume Six, 1966–1976 edited by Philip Reed and Mervyn Cooke

Britten’s Unquiet Pasts: Sound and Memory in Postwar Reconstruction by Heather Wiebe

Obamacare: How It Should Be Fixed

Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father—and How We Can Fix It by David Goldhill

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us a special report by Steven Brill

The Art of the Phony

Forged: Why Fakes Are the Great Art of Our Age by Jonathon Keats

Art Forgery: The History of a Modern Obsession by Thierry Lenain

Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger by Ken Perenyi

What Future for Israel?

Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Elliott Abrams

The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces Are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and Its Relationship with the United States by Stuart E. Eizenstat

Israel, Jordan, and Palestine: The Two-State Imperative by Asher Susser

Beyond the Two-State Solution: A Jewish Political Essay by Yehouda Shenhav, translated from the Hebrew by Dimi Reider and Efrat Weiss

Why, and What, You Should Know About Central Asia

The Chinese Question in Central Asia: Domestic Order, Social Change and the Chinese Factor by Marlène Laruelle and Sébastien Peyrouse

Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia by Alexander Cooley

Central Asia and Afghanistan: Insulation on the Silk Road, Between Eurasia and the Heart of Asia a report by Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh

Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia by Philip Shishkin

China’s Central Asian Problem a report by the International Crisis Group


James Bamford is the author of three books on the NSA, including The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America. (August 2013)

John Banville’s novel Snow will be published in October. (April 2020)

Christopher Benfey is the Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author of five books, including Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival and, most recently, IF: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years. (July 2020)

April Bernard’s most recent books are Miss Fuller, a novel, and Brawl & Jag, a collection of poems. (July 2020)

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)

Ian Buruma is the author of numerous books, including Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Year Zero: A History of 1945, and, most recently, A Tokyo Romance.

Leo Carey is a Senior Editor at The New Yorker. (November 2016)

David Cole is the National Legal Director of the ACLU and the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center. His latest book is Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed.
 (August 2020)

Joan Didion is the author, most recently, of Blue Nights and The Year of Magical Thinking, among seven other works of nonfiction. Her five novels include A Book of Common Prayer and Democracy.
 (May 2016)

Freeman Dyson is Professor of Physics Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. (January 2020)

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)

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

William Luers is Director of The Iran Project and Adjunct Professor at SIPA, Columbia University. He was US Ambassador to Venezuela and Czechoslovakia. (August 2013)

Amit Majmudar’s latest collection of poetry is Heaven and Earth. His second novel, The Abundance, was published in March. (August 2013)

Colin McGinn is a philosopher. His books include Philosophy of ­Language: The Classics Explained and Prehension: The Hand and the ­Emergence of Humanity. (June 2016)

Suketu Mehta is Associate Professor at the Arthur Carter Journalism Institute at NYU and the author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found. (August 2013)

Thomas R. Pickering was formerly US Under Secretary of State and Ambassador to Russia, Israel, India, Jordan, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the UN. (August 2013)

Ahmed Rashid is the author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and several books on Afghanistan and Central Asia, including The Resurgence of Central Asia, Islam or Nationalism. He lives in Lahore. (September 2018)

Arnold Relman (1923–2014) was Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a contributor of many articles and essays to The New York Review. Marcia Angell is a Senior Lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Arnold Relman was her husband.

Nathaniel Rich’s latest book, Losing Earth: A Recent History, a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, was published in paperback in March.
 (April 2020)

Norman Rush’s most recent novel is Subtle Bodies. (April 2017)

Alan Ryan was Warden of New College, Oxford, and Professor of Political Thought. He is the author of On Politics, which will be published in paperback in the fall.
(March 2020)

Martin Scorsese’s article in this issue was delivered in somewhat different form as the 2013 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. (August 2013)

John Paul Stevens served as a Supreme Court Justice ­between 1975 and 2010. (December 2018)

Nathan Thrall is a Jerusalem-based Senior Analyst with the International Crisis Group. 
His first book, The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine, will be published in 2017. (September 2016)

Paul Volcker was the Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Carter and Reagan from 1979 to 1987, and the Chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board under President Obama during 2009 and 2010. (August 2013)

Jim Walsh is on the faculty of the MIT Security Studies Program and Political Science Department. He was previously Executive Director of the Managing the Atom Project at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. (August 2013)

Edmund White has written biographies of Jean Genet, Marcel Proust, and Arthur Rimbaud. His memoir The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading will be published in June. (June 2018)