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Kristol, Irving Williamlocked

(22 January 1920–18 September 2009)
  • Dane J. Cash

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Kristol, Irving William (22 January 1920–18 September 2009), public intellectual and the "godfather of neoconservatism", public intellectual and the “godfather of neoconservatism,” was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Joseph and Bessie Kristol, eastern European Jewish working-class immigrants. (Some sources place Kristol’s birth date on 20 January, but 22 January is more widely accepted.) Kristol’s father was a garment contractor who went through bankruptcy on several occasions. His mother died when he was sixteen years old. “We were poor,” Kristol recalled, “but then everyone was poor, more or less” ( ...

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