Ian Buruma has been named editor of the New York Review of Books. He succeeds the late Robert B. Silvers, who died in March and was, with the late Barbara Epstein, a founding editor of the publication. Buruma, who has been a regular contributor to NYRB since 1985, has also written for numerous other publications. His books include Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love; War and Year Zero: A History of 1945; and Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerance. He is currently the Paul W. Williams 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," said NYRB publisher Rea Hederman. "Ian's long relationship with both founding editors will preserve the editorial quality and independence for which the review has been known since its first issue in 1963."