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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

The irony of PC | March 2015

On Jonathan Chait's recent piece in New York Magazine

The new rules of journalism | February 2015

On the media's response to The Interview, Charlie Hebdo.

Irony, in context | January 2015

When irony is used as a tool by the powerful.

Strategic thinking | December 2014

On a recent show of political theater.

The uses of outrage | November 2014

Outrage is the media's new tool.

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books by author

Media Madness: The Corruption of Our Political Culture

Media Madness: The Corruption of Our Political Culture

by James Bowman



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Honor: A History

Honor: A History

by James Bowman



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blog article archive

Dear old Golden Rule days | Mar 23, 2015 03:55 PM

Theatre of war | Feb 27, 2015 12:34 PM

Human nature and celebrity | Feb 13, 2015 04:42 PM

The real thing | Jan 27, 2015 12:08 AM

The torture report as the ultimate harvest of media bias | Dec 12, 2014 04:46 PM

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