Timothy Snyder is Professor of History at Yale University. His most recent book, Bloodlands, was selected as a best book of the year by The Economist, The New Republic, and The Guardian. Four of his previous books have received awards, including the George Louis Beer Prize for The Reconstruction of Nations and the Pro Historia Polonorum for Sketches from a Secret War.
Jonathan Kirsch is the author of 13 books, including The Grand Inquisitor's Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of God; God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism; and The Harlot by the Side of the Road: Forbidden Tales of the Bible. His next book, The Exterminating Angel, a biography of a crucial but often overlooked figure in the Jewish resistance to Nazi Germany, will be published in 2012. Kirsch is the book editor of The Jewish Journal, an adjunct professor on the faculty of the Professional Publishing Institute at New York University, and a three-time president of PEN U.S.A.