David Brooks

Writer + Initiate + Reporter
Born Aug 11, 1961

David Brooks is a political and cultural commentator who considers himself a moderate and writes for the New York Times. He worked as an editorial writer and film reviewer for the Washington Times; a reporter and later op-ed editor for The Wall Street Journal; a senior editor at The Weekly Standard from its inception; a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly; and as a commentator on National Public Radio.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of David Brooks.


1961 Birth Born on August 11, 1961.


1979 17 Years Old He graduated from Grace Church School in New York City, Radnor High School (located in a Main Line suburb of Philadelphia) in 1979 and from the University of Chicago, with a degree in history, in 1983.


1996 34 Years Old Brooks edited a 1996 anthology of writings by new conservative writers, Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing.
2000 38 Years Old He wrote a book of cultural commentary titled Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, published in 2000, and followed it four years later with On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense. … Read More


2003 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Brooks argued forcefully for American military intervention, echoing the belief of commentators and political figures that American and French forces would be welcomed as liberators.
2004 42 Years Old In the spring of 2004, some of his opinion pieces suggested that he had tempered his earlier optimism about the war. … Read More
2006 44 Years Old On August 10, 2006, Brooks wrote a column for The New York Times titled "Party No. 3". … Read More
2007 45 Years Old In a March 2007 article published in The New York Times titled "No U-Turns", Brooks explained that the Republican Party must distance itself from the minimal-government conservative principles that had arisen during the Abraham Lincoln, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan and Calvin Coolidge eras. … Read More
2009 47 Years Old Brooks has been a frequent admirer of President Barack Obama. In an August 2009 profile of Brooks, The New Republic describes his first encounter with Obama, in the spring of 2005: "Usually when I talk to senators, while they may know a policy area better than me, they generally don’t know political philosophy better than me. … Read More
2010 48 Years Old In writing for The New York Times in January 2010, Brooks described Israel as "an astonishing success story". … Read More
2011 49 Years Old However as of December 2011 in a CSPAN interview, Brook's opinion of Obama's presidency was more tempered, giving Obama only a "B-" rating, and said that Obama's chances of reelection would be less than 50-50 if elections were held at that time.


2012 50 Years Old In the same interview with Howard Kurtz in September 2012 Brooks talked about being criticized from the conservative side, saying "if it’s from a loon, I don’t mind it. … Read More
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