R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is founder and editor-in-chief of The American Spectator, a political and cultural monthly which has been published since 1967. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute and contributing editor of the
Sun. He writes a weekly syndicated column for Creators Syndicate that appears in such papers as the Washington Times, Baltimore Sun,
Times and San Francisco Examiner.
Tyrrell’s newest book, The Clinton Crack-Up: The Boy President’s Life After the White House, was published in spring 2007 by Nelson Current. His Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House, with Mark W. Davis was published in 2004 by Regnery Publishing, as was his best-selling The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton in 1997. His New York Times best-seller, Boy Clinton: The Political Biography (Regnery Publishing, Inc), was published in 1996. His previous works include: The Conservative Crack-Up (Simon & Schuster, 1992), The Liberal Crack-Up (Simon & Schuster, 1984), Public Nuisances (Basic Books, 1979) and The Future That Doesn’t Work: Social Democracy’s Failure in Britain (editor, Doubleday, 1977). His articles have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Harper’s, Commentary, The New York Times, National Review, The (London) Spectator, The (London) Sunday Telegraph, The (London) Evening Standard, Car and Driver, Le Figaro (Paris), The Washingtonian, New York, and the Yale Law Journal.
Tyrrell appears frequently on television, having been a recurrent guest on “The Editors,” and “Media Watch,” both produced by World Affairs in Montreal, Canada, “CBS Morning News,” “ABC Evening News,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report,” ABC’s “Nightline,” NBC’s “Summer Sunday USA,” C-Span, PBS’s “Firing Line,” and “Late Night America.” In July of 1994 he was featured in a segment on “Dateline NBC” and was profiled in the New York Times Sunday magazine Also, he was the subject of an article in the June 1994 issue of Esquire magazine.
In Speaking Out, former White House spokesman Larry Speakes’ memoir, Speakes numbers Tyrrell among former President Reagan’s four favorite columnists. Tom Wolfe has described Tyrrell as “the funniest political essayist in years.” The London Times calls him “a man of great mental energy and enthusiasm,” and Ben Wattenberg says Tyrrell is “pointed, tough-minded, and rib-ticklingly roguish.”
Tyrrell founded The American Spectator (originally called The Alternative) in 1967 after receiving an M.A. in history from
, from which he also received his B.A. in 1965.
In 1979 Time magazine named Tyrrell one of the 50 future leaders of
. In 1978 the U.S. Jaycees chose him as one of its “Ten Outstanding Young Americans.” In 1977 he received the American Institute for Public Service’s Award for the “Greatest Public Service Performed by an American 35 Years or Under.” The same year he was presented with the American Eagle Award of the Invest-in-America National Council.