Richard Brookhiser (b. 1955) is a senior editor at National Review, a position he has held since 1979. His first article, which described antiwar protests in his high school, was a cover story in National Review in 1970, when he was 15. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Observer, Cosmopolitan, Commentary, American History and Vanity Fair, among others. He is the author of 10 books, including Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington, George Washington on Leadership, What Would the Founders Do? and, most recently, James Madison.
Author: Richard Brookhiser
In these remarks, prepared for a panel discussion celebrating Washington’s Birthday, (“First Among Equals: George Washington and the American Presidency”), Richard Brookhiser (b. 1955), an American journalist, biographer, and historian, looks at George Washington as an exemplary president.
What does George Washington (or any other Founding Father) mean to 21st-century Americans? Do we know him, admire him, look up to him? Much less than did our predecessors. Concerned about this change, journalist and historian Richard Brookhiser (b. 1955) has tried to do something about it.