Philip Terzian

Literary Editor
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The Elevator Blues

Philip Terzian, Muzak Man.

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


The Qaddafis Need Your Help

A Parody.

12:10 PM, Sep 2, 2011


Scared Shirtless

Philip Terzian, student of survival

Sep 5, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 47


I Say Qaddafi, You Say Qathafi

1:18 PM, Aug 24, 2011

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Straying Far from Reality

9:02 AM, Aug 20, 2011

Attached to modern comforts

AC for D.C.

Jul 4, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 40

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D, N.Y.)

Weiner’s Choice

1:06 PM, Jun 9, 2011

Born to Run

Weekend Reading Assignments: Superhuman Runners, Vexing Virtues and the Civil War

Book recommendations from the staff of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

2:30 PM, May 28, 2011

The End of a United Kingdom?

2:33 PM, May 7, 2011

Robert E. Lee

A Trip Through the Carnage

Two new books offer something more on the war that haunts America.

10:00 AM, Apr 30, 2011

Madame Nhu, 1924-2011

Madame Nhu, 1924-2011

9:15 AM, Apr 28, 2011

Palin Sarah

Casual Encounters With Print

Sarah Palin and the Oxford University Press.

12:03 PM, Apr 20, 2011

Ginger Rogers

Philip Terzian, Ginger Man

Apr 25, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 31


Music (Not) for the Masses

Nat Hentoff gives jazz its due.

12:19 PM, Apr 6, 2011


Censorius Souls

India moves to ban Gandhi bio.

9:00 AM, Apr 5, 2011

Oscar Wilde

A New Picture of Dorian Gray

2:05 PM, Apr 2, 2011

Rebecca Black, Friday

In Defense of Rebecca Black

11:25 AM, Mar 29, 2011

Altruism or Self-Interest?

The Monroe Doctrine and American superpower.

9:16 AM, Mar 24, 2011

Testing Our Resolve

What might the Mayaguez crisis teach us about American strategy now?

10:01 AM, Mar 16, 2011


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.

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