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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 in care of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1730 M Street, Suite 910, Washington, DC 20036, or via e-mail at

article archive

Cuddlers & cutthroats | June 2015

On the results of the recent election in England.

All the latest fashions | May 2015

Scandal, or lack thereof | April 2015

On the thin line between scandal and partisan rhetoric.

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.

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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

Your chance to vote for Wonderland | Jul 02, 2015 02:45 PM

Arising out of tragedy, a new theory of everything | Jun 26, 2015 10:13 AM

Singing the middle-class blues | Jun 17, 2015 02:58 PM

News from Blighty | Jun 09, 2015 02:16 PM

News roundup | Jun 01, 2015 01:06 PM

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