David Frum is a contributing editor at The Atlantic. He is the author of eight books, including most recently the e-book Why Romney Lost and his novel, Patriots.
In 2001-2002, Frum served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush; in 2007-2008, as senior adviser to the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign. He serves as chairman of the board of the UK think tank Policy Exchange and as a director of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?
The first decade of the 21st century opened with a second Pearl Harbor, ended with a second Great Crash, and featured a second Vietnam in between. I was active in American public life through those years. I tried to keep both my eyes and my mind open.
What are your career highlights?
Publishing eight books, serving in the administration of President George W. Bush, founding a website to renew conservative politics, being sacked from a think tank job for thinking out loud, then seeing the thoughts for which I was sacked gain increasingly broad acceptance among US conservatives.
Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?
We have three dogs, and on the topic of breakfast, they show little patience or nuance.
Which other storytellers do you admire?
Despite having written a novel, I see myself more as a fact-checker than as story teller.
Where can we find you?