George Will

As a columnist, television personality and author, George F. Will is one of the most widely recognized, and widely read, writers in the world. With more than 450 newspapers, a biweekly Newsweek column and appearances as a political commentator on ABC, Will may be one of the most influential writers in America.

In 1976, Will won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, for his newspaper columns, and garnered awards for his Newsweek columns, including a finalist citation in the essays and criticism category of the 1979 National Magazine Awards competition. He was also the recipient of a 1978 National Headliners Award for his “consistently outstanding special features columns” appearing in Newsweek. A column on New York City’s finances earned him a 1980 Silurian Award for editorial writing. In January 1985, The Washington Journalism Review named Will “best writer, any subject.” He was named among the 25 most influential Washington journalists by the National Journal in 1997.

Today Will serves as a contributing analyst with ABC News and has been a regular member of ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday mornings since 1981.

Five collections of his Newsweek and newspaper columns have been published: “The Pursuit of Happiness and Other Sobering Thoughts” (Harper & Row, 1978); “The Pursuit of Virtue and Other Tory Notions” (Simon & Schuster, 1982); “The Morning After: American Successes and Excesses 1981-1986” (Macmillan, 1986); “Suddenly: The American Idea Abroad and at Home 1986-1990” (The Free Press, 1990); “The Leveling Wind: Politics, the Culture & Other News 1990-1994” (Viking, 1994).

His other books: “Statecraft as Soulcraft” (Simon & Schuster, 1983), a work of political philosophy that originally appeared as the Godkin lecture at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1981; “The New Season: A Spectator’s Guide to the 1988 Election” (Simon & Schuster, 1987); and “Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball” (Macmillan, 1989) which topped national bestseller lists in the No. 1 position for more than two months.

His book titled “Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and the Reocvery of Deliberative Democracy” (Macmillan, 1992) argued for the need to limit politicians’ time in office. His latest book, another colleciton of his work, is “the Woven Figure: Conservatism and America’s Fabric, 1994-1997” (Scribner, 1997).

Will was born in Champaign, Ill., and was educated at Trinity College in Hartford, and Oxford and Princeton universities. Prior to entering journalism, Will taught political philosophy at Michigan State University and the University of Toronto, and served on the staff of U.S. Sen. Gordon L. Allott (R-Colo.). Until becoming a columnist for Newsweek, Will was Washington editor of the National Review, a leading conservative journal of ideas and political commentary.

Episode Appearances

Episode 169: George F. Will on “American Happiness and Discontents” with Don Boudreaux and John Tamny


Guest(s): George WillDonald J. BoudreauxJohn Tamny

In this episode we get to talk with George F. Will about his latest collection of essays, American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008-2020, and also about his magnum opus, The Conservative Sensibility.

Joining in on the conversation are John Tamny, Vice President of FreedomWorks, editor of RealClearMarkets, and author of When Politicians Panicked, and Don Boudreaux, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, research scholar at Mercatus Center, who runs the go-to blog for free market economic thinking, Cafe Hayek.

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