Richard Brookhiser

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Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor at the National Review and is well-known for his biographies of American founding fathers, including George Washington on Leadership, and What Would the Founders Do?: Our Questions, Their Answers. President George W. Bush awarded Brookhiser the National Humanities Medal in 2008.

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July/August 1998

King George lost us; Princess Di won us back. Certain changes made this possible.

December 1998

Should our leaders say they’re sorry about slavery? About Indians? About their personal behavior? Such questions are hardly new; public contrition has been a national preoccupation for centuries.

September 1999

Smarter than stupid, of course; but does the intellectual tradition that began with the century suggest there is such a thing as being too smart for the country’s good?

May/June 2000

September 2001

June/July 2002

Richard Brookhiser has spent four years trying to capture for the television screen the character of perhaps the greatest American.

October 2002

August/September 2003

The French helped us win our Revolution. A few years later we were at war with Napoleon’s navy. The two countries have been falling in and out of love ever since. Why?