Witness to an Extreme Century

85 years old and still going strong, Robert Jay Lifton--the man who popularized the term "brainwashing"--charts his own life as it parallels the highs and lows of humanity over the past century.  From an unassuming childhood in Brooklyn, Lifton became a teller of truth to power and a beloved teacher and mentor to multiple generations of students, evolving the science of psychohistory along the way.  

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…