Author

Philip Terzian

Literary Editor
Background Music

The Elevator Blues

Philip Terzian, Muzak Man.

Apr 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29 • By PHILIP TERZIAN

 

The Crazy Case of Charlie Sheen

The Crazy Case of Charlie Sheen

Mental illness before our eyes.

3:40 PM, Mar 9, 2011

Obama Says Qaddafi 'Has Lost the Legitimacy to Lead'

Obama Says Qaddafi 'Has Lost the Legitimacy to Lead'

Suggesting the Libyan strongman was once 'legitimate.'

4:15 PM, Mar 3, 2011

Qaddafi’s Classics

Qaddafi’s Classics

Philip Terzian's Libyan books

Mar 7, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 24

In Defense of Obama's Smoking

In Defense of Obama's Smoking

3:50 PM, Feb 9, 2011

On Reaganology

On Reaganology

The Gipper was a president like any other—an emotionally distant political genius.

4:07 PM, Feb 8, 2011

War Stories

War Stories

The Civil War, unfolded in real time.

6:27 PM, Jan 17, 2011

Is this the President's Role?

Is this the President's Role?

1:15 PM, Jan 13, 2011

Eisenhower After War

Eisenhower After War

Ike's grandson recalls the president's (sort of) retirement.

8:30 AM, Jan 12, 2011

The Non-Puritan Tradition

The Non-Puritan Tradition

The settlers of Virginia were just as devoted as their New England cousins.

1:27 PM, Jan 11, 2011

The Greatest 'Gatsby'

The Greatest 'Gatsby'

Philip Terzian, beginning book collector.

Dec 27, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 15

Two Books for Christmas

Two Books for Christmas

The search is over for something unique.

8:57 AM, Dec 13, 2010

Hillary’s Choice

Hillary’s Choice

She made a bad one in 2008.

3:12 PM, Dec 8, 2010

Make 'em Laugh

Make 'em Laugh

A Lesson in Cultural Geography from Steve Martin.

5:13 PM, Dec 3, 2010

Book Review: Sincere Flattery

Book Review: Sincere Flattery

The impressionist movement, literary division, on exhibit.

Dec 6, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 12

Norris Church Mailer, RIP

Norris Church Mailer, RIP

An intriguing, if unmentioned, biographical detail.

2:53 PM, Nov 23, 2010

Book Review: Understanding China

Book Review: Understanding China

Inside the mind of the ambitious economic power.

6:30 AM, Nov 23, 2010

Book Review: A Peep into the Nest

Book Review: A Peep into the Nest

What do the lives of birds tell us about our own?

6:30 AM, Nov 19, 2010

BIOGRAPHY

Philip Terzian is literary editor of The Weekly Standard. A native of the Washington, DC, area and a journalist for nearly 40 years, he has been a writer and editor at Reuters, newspapers in Alabama and Kentucky, the New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, and was editorial page editor of the Providence Journal. For 20 years he wrote a column syndicated by the Scripps Howard News Service. During 1978-79 he was speechwriter for Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.

Terzian has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary, Pulitzer juror, media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, traveling fellow of the American Journalism Foundation, and is a member of the American Council on Germany. He is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the New Criterion, the Times Literary Supplement, and other publications. In 2010 Encounter Books published his book Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century. Terzian is married with two children.

The Weekly Standard Archives

Browse 15 Years of the Weekly Standard

Old covers

Recent Blog Posts