Rich Lowry

Richard Lowry (/ˈlri/; born 1968)[1] is an American writer who is 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 analyst who is a frequent guest on NBC News and Meet the Press. His most recent book, The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free,[2] was released in 2019.

Rich Lowry
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Born1968 (age 52–53)
EducationUniversity of Virginia (BA)
OccupationEditor, columnist
Known forNational Review

Life and careerEdit

Lowry was born and grew up in Arlington, Virginia, the son of a social worker mother and an English professor father.[1][3][4][5] After graduating from Yorktown High School in Arlington, Lowry attended the University of Virginia, where he studied English and history.[6] 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, as a reporter for a local newspaper in northern Virginia.[6]

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, D.C. to cover Congress.[6] In November 1997, Lowry became editor of National Review at the age of 29, taking over from John O'Sullivan, who had succeeded Buckley in that position ten years earlier.[7] At the time, Buckley said of Lowry, "I am very confident that I've got a very good person."[7]

Lowry writes a syndicated column for King Features and is an opinion columnist with Politico.

As a political commentator, he regularly appears on various cable shows and network Sunday shows, including NBC's Meet the Press, ABC's This Week, and FOX News Sunday.

External video
  Booknotes interview with Lowry on Legacy, November 9, 2003, C-SPAN

Lowry has written three non-fiction books. His New York Times best-selling book, Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years[8] is a polemic against former President Bill Clinton, whom he characterizes as "Navel-Gazer-in-Chief".[9] In June 2013, he published the Abraham Lincoln political biography Lincoln Unbound.[10]

In November 2019, he published The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free.[2] In a review in Foreign Affairs, Georgetown University Professor of Government, Charles King, an expert on nationalism, criticized the book, arguing that Lowry's definition of a nation is vague, ahistorical and contradictory: "few of Lowry's statements would pass muster with historians", and that Lowry's assertions about the unity, homogeneity and fixity of units such as Ancient Egypt, Korea, Japan and China "should be an embarrassment" to "any serious thinker."[11] Carlos Lozada was harshly critical of the book in a review for The Washington Post, describing it as an attempt to sanitize President Donald Trump's variant of nationalism and "part of a larger effort on the right to create an after-the-fact framework for Trumpism, to contort the president’s utterances and impulses into a coherent worldview that can outlast him — a sort of rescue mission for the conservative movement."[12]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lowry praised Florida governor Ron DeSantis for his hands-off approach to COVID-19 in a May 2020 column titled "Where does Ron DeSantis go to get his apology?"[13][14]

Lowry's first novel, the political thriller Banquo's Ghosts, was co-written with Keith Korman and published in 2009. The plot revolves around a nuclear-armed Iran and an inebriated leftist journalist.[15]


  • Lowry, Rich (2003). Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years. Washington DC: Regnery Publishing. ISBN 978-0895261298.
  • Lowry, Rich; Korman, Keith (2009). Banquo's Ghosts. New York: Vanguard Press. ISBN 978-1593155681.
  • Lowry, Rich (2013). Lincoln Unbound. New York: Broadside Books. ISBN 978-0062123787.
  • Lowry, Rich (2019). The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free. New York: Broadside Books. ISBN 978-0062839640.


  1. ^ a b "Rich Lowry". NNDB. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Lowry, Richard (2019). The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free. New York: Broadside Books. ISBN 978-0062839640.
  3. ^ "Power Punk: Rich Lowry". Observer. 2003-12-15. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  4. ^ "Edward D. Lowry, R.I.P." National Review. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  5. ^ "Edward D. Lowry's Obituary on The Washington Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  6. ^ a b c "Rich Lowry". National Review Online. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "National Review Changing Editor". The New York Times. November 5, 1997. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  8. ^ Lowry, Richard (2003). Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years. New York: Regnery Publishing. ISBN 978-0895261298.
  9. ^ Lowry 2003, p. 2.
  10. ^ Lowry, Rich (2013). Lincoln Unbound. New York: Broadside Books. ISBN 978-0062123787.
  11. ^ "America's Original Identity Politics". 2019-11-13. ISSN 0015-7120. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  12. ^ Lozada, Carlos (2019). "The inherently, intrinsically and inevitably flawed case for American nationalism". The Washington Post.
  13. ^ Gancarski, A. G. (2020-05-21). "For Ron DeSantis, conservative press is media of record". Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  14. ^ Fineout, Gary; Dixon, Matt. "Florida's long-running voter fraud probe ends — DeSantis unleashes on former health department employee — State officials didn't warn public about early signs of pandemic". POLITICO. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  15. ^ Blum, William (June 8, 2009). "The Anti-Empire Report". Foreign Policy Journal. Retrieved July 25, 2014.

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