The Corner

Luce’s Canon

Today’s NRO podcast is with Alan Brinkley, author of The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century. We discuss whether Time magazine founder Luce was a conservative, what his marriage to Clare Boothe Luce was like (answer: difficult), and whether Luce would approve of what Time has become (answer: probably not). We also talk about where the red border came from (I prefer magazines framed in blue) and Luce’s relationship with Whittaker Chambers.

Brinkley, the son of late TV broadcaster David Brinkley, is an influential American historian–I have more about him, and his connection to conservatives, on my website.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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