Nasty, Brutish, and Great

Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts

The Kremlin Letters: Stalin’s Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt edited by David Reynolds and Vladimir Pechatnov

Cities That Touched Heaven

The World Between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, March 18–June 23, 2019

The Iranian Expanse: Transforming Royal Identity Through Architecture, Landscape, and the Built Environment, 550 BCE–642 CE by Matthew P. Canepa

The Last Pagan Emperor: Julian the Apostate and the War Against Christianity by H.C. Teitler

The Apostle of Now-ness

Studio 105, Paris 1967 an album by the Don Cherry Trio

Home Boy, Sister Out an album by Don Cherry

Brown Rice an album by Don Cherry

The Codona Trilogy an album by Don Cherry, Naná Vasconcelos, and Collin Walcott

Wild, Blooming Facts

Manny Farber: Paintings and Writings edited by Michael Almereyda, Jonathan Lethem, and Robert Polito

One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, October 14, 2018–March 11, 2019

Painting the Cosmic Ocean

Manaku of Guler: The Life and Work of Another Great Indian Painter from a Small Hill State by B.N. Goswamy

Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 4–August 19, 2018; the Seattle Art Museum, October 18, 2018–January 21, 2019; and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, March 9–September 2, 2019

Democracy and Its Discontents

The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It by Yascha Mounk

How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder

How Democracy Ends by David Runciman


Anne Applebaum is a columnist for The Washington Post and a Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics’ Institute of Global Affairs. Her latest book is Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine.
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Emily Berry is the Editor of The Poetry Review. She is the ­author of the poetry collections Stranger, Baby and Dear Boy.
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Peter Brown is the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton. His books include Augustine of Hippo: A Biography and, most recently, Treasure in Heaven: The Holy Poor in Early Christianity. (June 2019)

Simon Callow is an English actor and director who has written about Orson Welles, Charles Dickens, Charles Laughton, and Oscar Wilde. His latest book is Being Wagner: The Story of the Most Provocative Composer Who Ever Lived.
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Dan Chiasson’s fourth collection of poetry is Bicentennial. He teaches at Wellesley.
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William Dalrymple is Codirector of the Jaipur Literature Festival and the author of The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857. His new book, The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company 1739–1803, will be published in September. (June 2019)

Yasmine El Rashidi is the author of The Battle for Egypt: Dispatches from the Revolution and Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt. (June 2019)

Merve Emre is Associate Professor of English Literature at Oxford and a Fellow of Worcester College. Her latest book is The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing. (June 2019)

Alma Guillermoprieto, who writes regularly for The New York Review about Latin America, is the author of Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution, among other books. (June 2019)

Nicholas Guyatt teaches American history at Cambridge. His latest book is Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans ­Invented Racial Segregation.
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Richard Holmes is the author of Shelley, Footsteps, Coleridge, The Age of Wonder, Falling Upwards, and, most recently, This Long Pursuit.
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Ferdinand Mount is the former Editor of The Times Literary Supplement. His most recent book is Prime Movers.
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Max Nelson, a former member of the editorial staff of The New York Review, studies English at Yale.
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Stephanos Papadopoulos is a poet and translator. His most recent collection of poetry is The Black Sea.
 (June 2019)

Kenneth Pomeranz is University Professor of Modern ­Chinese History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of a Modern World Economy.
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Thomas Powers’s books include The Man Who Kept the ­Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA and Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to al-Qaeda. (June 2019)

Adam Shatz is a Contributing Editor at the London Review of Books. (June 2019)

Adam Tooze is the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History and the Director of the European Institute at Columbia. His latest book is Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World. (June 2019)

Frank Viviano is the author of Blood Washes Blood: A True Story of Love, Murder, and Redemption Under the Sicilian Sun. (June 2019)