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About Norman Podhoretz
Norman B. Podhoretz (January 16, 1930) is an American neoconservative pundit and writer for Commentary magazine.
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Norman Podhoretz is editor-at-large of Commentary magazine, where he served as editor-in-chief from 1960-1995. He is the author of 10 books, including The Norman Podhoretz Reader: A Selection of his Writings from the 1950’s through the 1990’s; The Prophets: Who They Were, What They Are; My Love Affair with America; Ex-Friends; The Bloody Crossroads: Where Literature and Politics Meet; Making It; Why We Were in Vietnam; The Present Danger; Breaking Ranks: A Political Memoir; and Doings and Undoings: The Fifties and After in American Writing.
Podhoretz has written hundreds of articles for most major American periodicals and lectured at many universities and before many civic and religious groups on foreign policy, American culture, and Jewish affairs. He appears frequently on radio and television.
He was a Pulitzer Scholar at Columbia University, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950. Podhoretz also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Cambridge University, England, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and a Kellett Fellow. In addition, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Hebrew Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
The son of Julius and Helen (Woliner) Podhoretz, Jewish immigrants from the Central European region of Galicia (now part of Poland), Podhoretz was born and raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Podhoretz's family was leftist, with his elder sister joining a socialist youth movement.
Podhoretz is married to author Midge Decter. He is the father of syndicated columnist and current Commentary editor-in-chief John Podhoretz and of Israeli-American journalist Ruthie Blum-Leibowitz.
- Norman Podhoretz: A Biography. Thomas L. Jeffers. Cambridge University Press, Jun 14, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 393 pages. Page 318
Norman B. Podhoretz (pronounced /pɒdˈhɔrɨtz/; born January 16, 1930) is an American neoconservative pundit and writer for Commentary magazine.
The son of Julius and Helen (Woliner) Podhoretz, Jewish immigrants from the Central European region of Galicia, Podhoretz was born and raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Podhoretz's family was leftist, with his elder sister joining a Socialist youth movement.
Podhoretz received Bachelor's Degrees from both Columbia University — where he studied under Lionel Trilling — and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He later received a BA with first-class honors and an MA from the University of Cambridge. He also served in the United States Army (1953–1955) where he worked for the U.S. Army Security Agency.
Podhoretz served as Commentary magazine's Editor-in-Chief from 1960 (when he replaced Elliot E. Cohen) until his retirement in 1995. Podhoretz remains Commentary's Editor-at-Large. In 1963, he wrote the influential essay, “My Negro Problem — And Ours," in which he described the oppression he felt from African-Americans as a child, and concluded by calling for a color-blind society, and advocated "the wholesale merging of the two races [as] the most desirable alternative for everyone concerned."
From 1981 to 1987, Podhoretz was an adviser to the U.S. Information Agency. From 1995 to 2003, he was a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2004. The award recognized Podhoretz's intellectual contributions as editor-in-chief of Commentary magazine and as a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. Podhoretz is married to author Midge Decter, and is the stepfather of Rachel Abrams (née Decter, Elliott Abrams' wife) and father of syndicated columnist and current Commentary editor-in-chief John Podhoretz.
Norman Podhoretz was one of the original signatories of the "Statement of Principles" of the Project for the New American Century. Podhoretz received the Guardian of Zion Award from Bar-Ilan University on May 24, 2007. He served as a senior foreign policy advisor to Rudy Giuliani in his 2008 presidential campaign. The same year, he publicly advocated an American attack on Iran. Podhoretz's 2009 book Why Are Jews Liberals? questions why American Jews for decades have been dependable Democrats, often supporting the party by margins of better than two-to-one, even in years of Republican landslides.
Norman Podhoretz's Timeline
January 16, 1930
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States
Brooklyn, Kings, New York
New York, New York, New York, United States
April 18, 1961
New York, New York, New York, United States
New York, NY