Contents


Back from Heaven—The Science

Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death by Sam Parnia with Josh Young

The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain: A Neurologist’s Search for the God Experience by Kevin Nelson

Life After Death: The Evidence by Dinesh D’Souza

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eban Alexander

Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

Life After Life: The Investigation of a Phenomenon—Survival of Bodily Death by Raymond A. Moody Jr., with a preface by Melvin Morse and a foreword by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Embraced by the Light by Betty J. Eadie with Curtis Taylor

Can He Take Back Japan?

Chewing Gum and Chocolate: Photographs by Shomei Tomatsu edited by Leo Rubinfien and John Junkerman, with texts by Tomatsu and an afterword by Rubinfien

Contributors

April Bernard’s most recent books are Miss Fuller, a novel, and Brawl & Jag, a collection of poems. (November 2017)

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.

Michael Chabon is the author of several books, including The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son and most recently, Telegraph Avenue.

Robert Darnton’s A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution was published in February. He is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard. (June 2018)

Charles Glass is a former ABC News Chief Middle East Correspondent. He is the author of Syria Burning and, most recently, They Fought Alone: The True Story of the Starr Brothers, British Secret Agents in Nazi-Occupied France. His reporting was supported in part by a grant from the Alicia Patterson Foundation.
 (February 2019)

Robert Gottlieb has been the Editor in Chief of ­Simon and Schuster and of Knopf, and the Editor of The New Yorker. His most recent book is a collection of essays, Near-Death Experiences…and Others. (July 2019)

Michael Greenberg is the author of Hurry Down Sunshine and Beg, Borrow, and Steal: A Writer’s Life.
 (January 2019)

Jerome Groopman is the Recanati Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Experimental Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and a staff writer at The New Yorker. He is the coauthor, with Pamela Hartzband, of Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You. 
(March 2019)

Ian Jack was the editor of The Independent on Sunday and Granta. He is the author of The Country Formerly Known as Great Britain and he writes regularly for The Guardian. (September 2018)

Robert G. Kaiser is a former Managing Editor and Associate Editor at The Washington Post, for which he reported from Vietnam between 1969 and 1970. His most recent book is Act of Congress: How America’s Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn’t. (June 2018)

Stephen Kotkin is the John P. Birkelund Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton and a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. His essay in this issue is adapted from Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941, which will be published in October by Penguin. 
(October 2017)

Avishai Margalit is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His most recent book is On Betrayal.
 (May 2019)

Jessica T. Mathews was President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 1997 until 2015 and is now a Distinguished Fellow there. She has served in the State Department and on the National Security Council staff in the White House. (July 2019)

Anka Muhlstein was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1996 for her biography of Astolphe de Custine and has twice received the History Prize of the French Academy. Her most recent book is The Pen and the Brush: How Passion for Art Shaped Nineteenth-Century French Novels.
 (December 2018)

Frank Rich is a writer-at-large for New York magazine. His books include Ghost Light, a memoir, and The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth in Bush’s America. He is an Executive Producer of the HBO series Veep.

Glenn H. Shepard Jr. is an ethnology curator at the Goeldi Museum in Belém do Pará, Brazil. He is working on a book about shamanism, ecology, and sensory experience, with the title ­Sorcery and the Senses. He blogs at Notes from the ­Ethnoground.
 (October 2014)

Rory Stewart is Chairman of the Defence Committee of the House of Commons and the author of The Places in Between, among other books. He was previously the Ryan Professor of ­Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School.


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)

Garry Wills most recent book is What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters. (April 2019)