Irving Kristol

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Irving Kristol (January 22, 1920September 18, 2009) was an American columnist, journalist, and writer. He was born in New York City. Kristol was called the "godfather of neoconservatism."[1] He contributed to many magazines and founded some. He was very important for the intellectual and political culture of the last fifty years.[2]

His wife was historian Gertrude Himmelfarb. They had two children; including Chief of Staff to Vice President Bill Kristol.

In July 2002, he received from President George W. Bush the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

Kristol died on September 18, 2009 under hospice care in Falls Church, Virginia of lung cancer-related problems at the age of 89.[3][4]

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  1. See, for example, Archived 2009-08-10 at the Wayback Machine
  2. See, for example, "American Conservative Opinion Leaders," by Mark J. Rozell and James F. Pontuso, 1990.
  3. Barry Gewen (September 18, 2009). "Irving Kristol, Godfather of Modern Conservatism, Dies at 89". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  4. "Irving Kristol, Architect of Neoconservatism, Dies at 89". September 18, 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-14.