Jonathan Kirsch is the author of twelve books, including seven books on the history of religion and religious texts, two novels and two books on publishing law. He is the book review editor for The Jewish Journal. He has contributed book reviews to the Los Angeles Times for more than 30 years, and he appears as a commentator and guest host on NPR affiliates KCRW-FM and KPCC-FM in Southern California. He also serves on the adjunct faculty of New York University’s Professional Publishing Program. Kirsch’s latest book, The Grand Inquisitor's Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of God, was published in Fall 2008 by HarperOne.