Rich Lowry at CPAC 2014
Richard A. Lowry
August 22, 1968
Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Virginia (BA)|
|Known for||National Review|
Richard Lowry (//; born 1968) is an American writer and the editor of National Review, an American conservative news and opinion magazine. Lowry became editor of National Review in 1997 when selected by its founder, William F. Buckley, Jr., to lead the magazine. Lowry is also a syndicated columnist, author, and political pundit. His most recent book The Case for Nationalism: How it Made Us Powerful, United, and Free was released in November 2019.
Lowry was born in Arlington, Virginia, the son of a social worker mother and an English professor father. He grew up in Arlington. After graduating from Yorktown High School in Arlington, Lowry attended the University of Virginia, where he studied English and history. He was editor of the Virginia Advocate, the school's conservative monthly magazine. After graduating, he worked for Charles Krauthammer as a research assistant, and later worked as a reporter for a local newspaper in northern Virginia.
In 1992, Lowry joined National Review, after finishing second in the magazine's young writers' contest. In the summer of 1994, he became the articles editor for National Review and moved to Washington DC to cover Congress. In November 1997, Lowry became editor of National Review at the age of 29, taking over from John O'Sullivan who succeeded Buckley in that position ten years earlier. At the time, Buckley said of Lowry, "I am very confident that I've got a very good person."
As a political commentator, he regularly appears on various cable networks, including FOX News Channel, and is a weekly guest on KCRW's Left, Right & Center. He frequently appears as a panelist on Sunday shows, including NBC's Meet the Press, ABC's This Week, and FOX News Sunday.
Lowry has written three non-fiction books. His New York Times best-selling book, Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years is a polemic about President Bill Clinton, whom he characterizes as "Navel-Gazer-in-Chief". In June 2013, he published the political biography Lincoln Unbound. In November 2019, he published The Case for Nationalism: How it Made Us Powerful, United, and Free. In a review in Foreign Affairs, Georgetown University Professor of Government, Charles King, an expert on nationalism, criticized the book, noting that Lowry's definition of a nation is vague, ahistorical and contradictory, "few of Lowry's statements would pass muster with historians", and Lowry's sweeping assertions about the unity, homogeneity and fixidity of units such as Ancient Egypt, Korea, Japan and China "should be an embarrassment" to "any serious thinker."
In 2009, Lowry and Keith Korman wrote Banquo's Ghosts, a political thriller. The plot revolves around a nuclear-armed Iran and an inebriated leftist journalist.
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