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James Bowman

James Bowman is the author of Honor: A History (Encounter Books) and Media Madness: The Corruption of Our Political Culture, also published by Encounter (2008) . He was born in Kane, Pennsylvania in 1948 and grew up in Jupiter, Florida. He attended Davidson and Lebanon Valley Colleges in America and Pembroke College, Cambridge University in England, from which he holds an M.A. Mr. Bowman taught English and General Studies at Westminster School and Portsmouth Grammar School in England from 1980 to 1989 and was the American correspondent of The Spectator of London from 1989-1991.  He was the American editor of the Times Literary Supplement of London. from 1991 to 2002. In addition, he has been the film critic of the American Spectator since 1990 and the media critic of The New Criterion since 1993. Mr. Bowman can be reached at P.O. Box 320573, Alexandria, VA 22320 or via e-mail at

article archive

Some eminent utopians | June 2014

On data-obsession and Thomas Piketty's Capital.

Bad words | May 2014

Will The New York Times start printing profanities?

Negative side effects | April 2014

Red lines, empty threats, and the crisis in Ukraine

Enviable positions | March 2014

Comparing those who disagree with you to Nazis shouldn't be a viable rhetorical strategy, so why is it so common?

Unhappy anniversary | February 2014

As its centenary approaches, how should we view World War I?

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books by author

Honor: A History

Honor: A History

by James Bowman



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Media Madness: The Corruption of Our Political Culture

Media Madness: The Corruption of Our Political Culture

by James Bowman



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blog article archive

From Super to Nuts | Jul 24, 2014 10:12 AM

Cherchez la tribu | Jul 11, 2014 04:34 PM

Stomach Trouble | Jun 13, 2014 03:56 PM

Leaving the military culture behind | Jun 05, 2014 05:15 PM

That’ll teach me to get up early | May 31, 2014 02:14 PM

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