Before There Was Rush, There Was Rusher

Today’s Between the Covers podcast is with David B. Frisk, author of If Not Us, Who? William Rusher, National Review, and the Conservative Movement. We discuss why the late Bill Rusher, NR’s longtime publisher, deserves a biography, what his relationship with WFB was like, and what Rusher — who thought in the 1970s that conservatives should form a third party — would make of the Tea Party movement today.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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