Political writer Irving Kristol dead at 89

September 18, 2009 1:09:51 PM PDT
Irving Kristol, the political writer and publisher called the "godfather" of neo-conservatism, has died. He was 89. Editors at The Weekly Standard said Kristol died Friday in Washington.

He had been a radical in his youth but eventually rejected liberalism. He co-founded an important conservative journal, The Public Interest, and wrote several books, including "Neo-Conservatism: The Autobiography of An Idea."

His son is the influential conservative William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard.

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