Gore Vidal

Ian Buruma chosen as new editor of New York Review of Books

An acclaimed essayist and historian has been chosen to succeed the late Robert Silvers as editor of The New York Review of Books.

The publication announced Thursday the selection of Ian Buruma, who has been contributing to the Review for more than 30 years. His books include "Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War" and "Year Zero: A History of 1945." Buruma, 65, is a professor of democracy, human rights and journalism at Bard College.

"I've known Ian since 1985 and know that his long association with the Review will ensure that the values and editorial direction of the Review will be upheld," Rea Hederman, the Review's publisher,...

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