Richard Brookhiser

Thursday, February 1, 2018 @ 10:00am
The Society of the Four Arts

Richard Brookhiser wrote his first article for National Review about anti-Vietnam War protests in high school; it was published the day after his fifteenth birthday. When he graduated from Yale (’77), he went to work for National Review, and has stayed ever since.

For twenty years (1987-2007) Brookhiser wrote a column for the New York Observer, and also free-lanced for a number of magazines including The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, Commentary and Vanity Fair. 

He has written about Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, Iowa caucuses and national conventions, Philip Larkin and Bobby Short, the collapse of Communism and 9/11. Ronald Reagan laughed at one of his jokes; Margaret Thatcher repeated it. He shook Fidel Castro’s hand. He had a close, sometimes tumultuous relationship with William F. Buckley, Jr. (which is the subject of “Right Time, Right Place”). 

Along the way Brookhiser became a historian of the founding period, saying “after writing about modern politicians, it didn’t seem a stretch to write about dead ones. The founders are our fathers; they are also our contemporaries, present in so much of what we think and do.” Brookhiser curated “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America,” an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society; and wrote and hosted “Rediscovering George Washington” and “Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton,” films by Michael Pack which aired on PBS. He is currently a columnist for American History. In 2008 he was awarded the National Medal of the Humanities. In 2011 he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. 

Brookhiser was born in Irondequoit, a suburb of Rochester, New York, in 1955. In 1980 he married Jeanne Safer, a psychoanalyst and author of many books (including “The Normal One” and “Cain’s Legacy”). They live in New York City, and have a house in the woods in Ulster County. His alternating column for National Review is called “City Desk” and “Country Life.”

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Thursday, February 1, 2018 @ 10:00am · tickets · add to calendar 2018-02-01 10:00:00 2018-02-01 13:00:00 America/New_York Richard Brookhiser The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL, 33480

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