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David Frum: Biography

From January 2001 until February 2002, David Frum took on the role of speechwriter for President George W. Bush, with the title of Special Assistant to the President. Among his works, Frum is credited with contributing to President Bush's State of the Union address and was the president's main economic speechwriter.

Before entering government, Frum was a journalist and author. His first book, Dead Right (1994), was described by William F. Buckley has described as "the most refreshing ideological experience in a generation," and by Frank Rich of the New York Times as "the smartest book written from the inside about the American conservative movement."

His 1996 collection of essays, What's Right, prompted the Wall Street Journal to dub him "one of the leading political commentators of his generation." Frum's history of the 1970s, How We Got Here, was published in January 2000. "More than any other book I know," says Michael Barone, editor of the Almanac of American Politics, it shows how we came to be the way we are."

Frum was born in Toronto, Canada in 1960. He received a simultaneous BA and MA in history from Yale in 1982. He was appointed a visiting lecturer in history at Yale in 1986; in 1987 he earned a J.D. cum laude from the Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Federalist Society.

Frum joined the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal in 1989. Frum left the Journal in 1992 to write a column on law for Forbes magazine. From 1994 until 2001, Frum was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Public Policy Research.

In the 1990s, Frum was contributing editor at the Weekly Standard, publishing more than 85 articles in that magazine. He was a regular commentator on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and a panelist on the History Channel's Sunday morning show, "History Center." He wrote a twice-weekly newspaper column for Canada's National Post, and his articles appeared frequently on the editorial page of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Frum has appeared on CBS's "Sunday Morning," "The McLaughlin Group," "Crossfire," "Charlie Rose," "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," and VH-1's "Behind the Music." He is cited in Judge Richard Posner's recent survey as one of the 100 top public intellectuals in America.

His presentations focus on Canadian/US Relations, Inside Looks at the Bush White House and Social & Political Issues of the Day.

Frum lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and three children.

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