John O’Sullivan - journalist, former special adviser to the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the author of the book The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister.
John O'Sullivan is Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious magazine, The National Interest, and a senior Fellow at the Nixon Center. Prior to this, he was the Editor-in-Chief of United Press International. He also serves as Editor-at-Large of National Review.
His other previous posts have included Special Adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Editorial Consultant to Hollinger International, Associate Editor of the London Times, Assistant Editor of the London Daily Telegraph, and Editor of Policy Review.
Mr. O'Sullivan was born in Great Britain in 1942. He was educated at London University where he received a B.A. (Hons.) and a Diploma of Social Studies.
He is the Founder and Co-Chairman of the New Atlantic Initiative, an international bipartisan effort dedicated to reinvigorating and expanding the Atlantic Community of democracies. The NAI was formally launched at the Congress of Prague in May 1996.
Mr. O'Sullivan has published articles in Encounter, Commentary, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Policy Review, the Times Literary Supplement, the American Spectator, The Spectator (London), Quadrant, Hibernia and other journals.
He is on the Executive Advisory Board of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation, the Advisory Council of the Social Affairs Unit photo/SUL02.JPGLondon. He was made a Commander of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in the 1991 New Year's Honors List. He lectures on British and American politics.
The lecture presented by John O’Sullivan is available here.
The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister
By John O’Sullivan
How three great conservatives - Ronald Reagan,Pope John Paul II,and Margaret Thatcher - together changed the course of history.
As we face a bitterly partisan political climate at home and a new, perhaps deadlier enemy abroad than Soviet Communism, it's essential that we examine "the greatest political partnership in history." In his sweeping new book, The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister, former Thatcher speechwriter and veteran journalist John O'Sullivan details the collaborative efforts of President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and how the three revived faith, prosperity, and freedom in the West.
"Reagan, Thatcher and John Paul II were the trio who destroyed Soviet Communism and its Evil Empire. John O'Sullivan is the ideal writer to describe how they did it. Here is his eagerly awaited book."
Paul Johnson, author of A History of the American People and Modern Times
"John O'Sullivan has directed his wit and imagination to look at three episodes in recent history. Ronald Reagan, months after his inauguration, was shot down and very nearly killed. Pope John Paul II very nearly died from an assassin's bullet. And then Margaret Thatcher, in the fifth year of her administration, was very nearly a casualty of an IRA bombing in Brighton. O'Sullivan wonders at the coincidences: the three major figures in the evolution of conservative doctrine in the last decade of the Cold War. His enormous knowledge and striking powers of description give a focus to these events, and to the harmony, up until almost the end, in the prescriptions of the three outstanding figures at the end of the century. He examines the mysteries, describes hair-raising alternatives, and even asks, as though we were not looking, whether there was divine intelligence at work. An exciting volume, sheer pleasure to read, and to rejoice over."