Fred Barnes is co-founder and executive editor of The Weekly Standard. From 1985 to 1995, he served as senior editor and White House correspondent for The New Republic. He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Washington Star before moving on to the Baltimore Sun in 1979. He served as the national political correspondent for the Sun and wrote the “Presswatch” media column for the American Spectator.He is host, along with Mort Kondracke, of the Beltway Boys on Fox News. Mr. Barnes appears regularly on Fox’s Special Report with Brit Hume. From 1988 to 1998, he was a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group. He has also appeared on Nightline, Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.In addition, Barnes hosts the weekly radio show, Issues in the News on Voice of America. Formerly, he was chief correspondent on the PBS series National Desk.Mr. Barnes graduated from the University of Virginia and was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University. Barnes is a member of Christ the King Anglican Church in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Recent Books by Fred Barnes
Rebel in Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush“You can’t worry about being vindicated, because the truth of the matter is, when you do big things, it’s going to take a while for history to really understand.” —President Bush, in an exclusive interview with Fred Barnes for Rebel-in-ChiefWith Rebel-in-Chief, veteran political reporter Fred Barnes provides the defining book on George W. Bush’s presidency, giving an insider’s view of Bush’s unique presidential style.Barnes has gained extraordinary access to the Bush administration for Rebel-in-Chief, conducting rare one-on-one interviews with President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and many other close presidential advisers. That access, along with Barnes’s extensive independent reporting and interviewing, produces an eye-opening look at this highly consequential—and controversial—presidency.
“A book so well worth reading that wise historians will long consult it for clues about what made Bush tick.” —National Review“Barnes has made a good rough cut at placing [Bush] in historical context--and has offered a useful corrective to critics who profess to see nothing good, much less historically important, about our current president.” —Wall Street Journal“The gifted political reporter . . . shows both his politics (conservative) and his reporting skills (still razor-sharp) in this entertaining look at the meaning of Mr. Bush. Rebel-in-Chief deserves wide reading outside the self-important circles that inhabit the nation’s capital.” —New York Sun“Does an excellent job analyzing the private as well as public [Bush] . . . Filled with other interesting revelations . . . Entertaining, lucid, and thought-provoking.” —American Spectator“Think you know the real George W. Bush? You’re wrong. Fred Barnes has managed to entice a surprisingly private man to reveal important hidden aspects of himself and his very consequential presidency.” —Larry J. Sabato, director of the Center for Politics, University of Virginia“No one in the Washington press corps understands George W. Bush better than Fred Barnes. He provides the best picture we have had yet of a president who is, as Barnes writes, ‘an inner-directed man in an other-directed town.’ I couldn’t put it down.” —Michael Barone, senior writer, U.S. News & World Report
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