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Irving Kristol
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Irving Kristol
Born (1920-01-22)January 22, 1920
Died September 18, 2009(2009-09-18) (aged 89)
Alma mater City College of New York (B.A.)
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Gertrude Himmelfarb
Children Elizabeth Nelson and William Kristol

Irving Kristol (January 22, 1920 – September 18, 2009) was an American journalist who was dubbed the "godfather of neoconservatism." As the founder, editor, and contributor to various magazines, he played an influential role in the intellectual and political culture of the last half-century; after his death he was described by The Daily Telegraph as being "perhaps the most consequential public intellectual of the latter half of the 20th century."

In July 2002, he received from President George W. Bush the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Kristol died from complications of lung cancer aged 89 on September 18, 2009, at the Capital Hospice in Falls Church, Virginia.

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Kristol as a senior in high school, 1936


  • On the Democratic Idea in America, New York: Harper, 1972
  • Two Cheers for Capitalism, 1978
  • Reflections of a Neo-conservative: Looking Back, Looking Ahead, 1983
  • Neo-conservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea, 1995
  • The Neo-conservative Persuasion: Selected Essays, 1942-2009, Basic Books, 2011
  • On Jews and Judaism, Barnes and Noble, 2014.
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