Crazy in Korea

The Vegetarian

by Han Kang, translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith

The Mystery of Hieronymus Bosch

No matter how closely we look at his minutely particular works, there is always something more to see

Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius

an exhibition at Noordbrabants Museum, ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, February 13–May 8, 2016

Bosch: The Fifth Centenary Exhibition

an exhibition at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, May 31–September 11, 2016

Hieronymus Bosch: Visions and Nightmares

by Nils Büttner

Jheronimus Bosch: The Road to Heaven and Hell

by Gary Schwartz

Hieronymus Bosch, Painter and Draughtsman: Catalogue Raisonné

by the Bosch Research and Conservation Project

Hieronymus Bosch, Painter and Draughtsman: Technical Studies

by the Bosch Research and Conservation Project

Hieronymus Bosch: Garden of Earthly Delights

by Hans Belting

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The Genius of James Brown

Brown insisted on being no one but himself

Kill ’Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul

by James McBride

The Drone Presidency

When other nations look for precedents on the use of drones, Obama’s record will be Exhibit A

Drone: Remote Control Warfare

by Hugh Gusterson

The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program

by Jeremy Scahill and the staff of The Intercept

Drones and the Future of Armed Conflict: Ethical, Legal, and Strategic Implications

edited by David Cortright, Rachel Fairhurst, and Kristen Wall

Drone Wars: Transforming Conflict, Law, and Policy

edited by Peter L. Bergen and Daniel Rothenberg

‘Hot’ Sex & Young Girls

Two new books argue that signs of progress have given us an unduly rosy impression of the modern girl’s lot

American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers

by Nancy Jo Sales

Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

by Peggy Orenstein

Fences: A Brexit Diary

A referendum is a very ineffective hammer for a thousand crooked nails

At the Birth of Language

Why Only Us: Language and Evolution

by Robert C. Berwick and Noam Chomsky

Revealing an Unknown Cairo

What Yasmine El Rashidi attempts in her deceptively quiet, adamantine novel Chronicle of a Last Summer is no less than to suffuse the present with the past.

Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt

by Yasmine El Rashidi

American Democracy Betrayed

Early gerrymandering was quaint compared to the current practice

Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy

by David Daley

The Consolations of Strangeness

Jana Prikryl’s poetry shows a probing intellect alert to the strangeness of our lives, as well as our own estrangement from ourselves.

The After Party

by Jana Prikryl

Which Europe Now?

The divide between the political class and disillusioned voters threatens trust

Splendors of the Seljuqs in New York

Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, April 27–July 24, 2016

Who Is Kim Jong-un?

The weakest power in Northeast Asia manages to defy all the others

Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950–1992

by Charles K. Armstrong

Marked for Life: Songbun, North Korea’s Social Classification System

by Robert Collins

The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia

by Andrei Lankov

Pyongyang Republic: North Korea’s Capital of Human Rights Denial

by Robert Collins

The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves—And Why It Matters

by B.R. Myers

On the Town

City on Fire

by Garth Risk Hallberg

The Revolution: Treason and Rescue

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

by Nathaniel Philbrick

The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783–1789

by Joseph J. Ellis

When We Loved Mussolini

Gian Giacomo Migone’s ‘The United States and Fascist Italy: The Rise of American Finance in Europe’

The United States and Fascist Italy: The Rise of American Finance in Europe

by Gian Giacomo Migone, translated from the Italian and with a preface by Molly Tambor

Can Germany Cope with the Refugees?

Germany’s Response to the Refugee Situation: Remarkable Leadership or Fait Accompli?

a report by Matthias M. Mayer in Newpolitik, Bertelsmann Foundation, May 2016, available at

The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis

by Patrick Kingsley

Which Side of Roman Britain Are You On?

The Real Lives of Roman Britain

by Guy de la Bédoyère

The Edge of the Empire: A Journey to Britannia: From the Heart of Rome to Hadrian’s Wall

by Bronwen Riley

Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain

by Charlotte Higgins

Why Growth Will Fall

We’re unlikely ever again to see economic gains like those in the “special century” from 1870 to 1970

The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The US Standard of Living Since the Civil War

by Robert J. Gordon

Black Lives and the Police

Social media have removed the filters that used to protect white America from what it didn’t want to see

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