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Irving Kristol was an American columnist, journalist, and writer who was dubbed the "godfather of neo-conservatism." As the founder, editor, and contributor to various magazines, he played an influential role in the intellectual and political culture of the last half-century; after his death he was described by The Daily Telegraph as being "perhaps the most consequential public intellectual of the latter half of the 20th century."

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Born (1920-01-22)January 22, 1920
Brooklyn, New York
Died September 18, 2009(2009-09-18) (aged 89)
Falls Church, Virginia
Spouse(s) Gertrude Himmelfarb
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School American neo-conservatism

Irving Kristol (January 22, 1920 – September 18, 2009) was an American columnist, journalist, and writer who was dubbed the "godfather of neo-conservatism." As the founder, editor, and contributor to various magazines, he played an influential role in the intellectual and political culture of the last half-century; after his death he was described by The Daily Telegraph as being "perhaps the most consequential public intellectual of the latter half of the 20th century."