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Author and conservative commentator George Will

"There's nothing more fun than arguing. If you don't like to argue, you picked the wrong country, because we're a country made up of people who argue about everything. And isn't that wonderful.

But don't feel that your basic identity or moral worth is somehow under attack, assailed, or insulted when someone disagrees with you. That's life." -- George Will

George Will is one of America's foremost conservative intellectuals. A columnist for the Washington Post since 1974, he received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1977. His twice-weekly column is featured in 400 newspapers across the US and Europe and his biweekly back-page column for Newsweek ran from 1976 to 2011. Currently a contributor for MSNBC and NBC News, he has made countless appearances on iconic political talk shows, including This Week with David Brinkley and George Stephanopoulos, Meet the Press, and Agronsky & Company. In 1986, the Wall Street Journal proclaimed him "the most powerful journalist in America."

His new book is a New York Times bestseller and "Notable Book," The Conservative Sensibility (paperback, Sept. 2020), a magnum opus on the notion of natural rights, and the brilliance of America's founding political philosophy. Jonah Goldberg called it, "Staggeringly good. Easily one of the best books on American Conservatism ever written."

The Atlantic reviewer called it "a thoughtful, elegant reflection on American conservatism and the Founders' political thought." Fareed Zakaria in the Washington Post said that it "embodies the ideal of thoughtful, learned conservatism," and called it, "Deeply erudite....Fascinating."

The Conservative Sensibility is available to order from The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza:

George Will's 14 previous books include One Man’s America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation (2008), Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and the Recovery of Deliberative Democracy (1992), Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball (1989), The New Season: A Spectator’s Guide to the 1988 Election (1987) and Statecraft as Soulcraft (1983). In December 2020, he received the Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Society for Newspaper Columnists 2020. In 2019, he received the Order of Lincoln award, the highest honor bestowed by his home state of Illinois.

To read George Will's regular columns at the Washington Post, visit: George F. Will - The Washington Post

For more information on The Conservative Sensibility, visit The Conservative Sensibility by George F. Will | Hachette Books

This is a presentation of Telling the Truth 2020, the New York State Writers Institute's virtual symposium on politics, tribalism, polarization, and the future of democracy. For more information, visit


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