Lee Edwards

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(Historian, author, academic)
Born Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Spouse Anne Edwards
Member of Le Cercle
Anti-communist advisor for Nixon and others. Cercle attendee.


Edwards was born in Chicago in 1932, son of an anti-communist journalist for the Chicago Tribune. His parents was both anti-communist. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from Duke University and a doctorate in world politics from Catholic University. He also did graduate work at the Sorbonne in Paris.


Edwards' involvement in the conservative movement began in 1960. He was one of the founding members of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), and later served as the director of information for the Barry Goldwater presidential campaign in 1964. In 1969, the New York Times dubbed Edwards “the voice of the silent majority.”[1] He was a consultant for the Richard Nixon administration, Senators Strom Thurmond and Bob Dole, the Republican National Committee, YAF, the American Conservative Union, the Committee for a Free China and the American Council for World Freedom.

Edwards has written biographies of Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley, Edwin Meese III and Goldwater,[2][3][4] as well as a number of other books, which include The Conservative Revolution: The Movement That Remade America,[5] The Power of Ideas,[6] a retrospective on the first 25 years of the Heritage Foundation, and a history of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

He was the initial editor of the Conservative Digest in 1975.

Deep political connections

A member of Le Cercle.[7]


Event Participated in

Le Cercle/1983 (Bonn)30 June 1983 - 3 July 1983Bonn


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  2. Edwards, Lee (27 January 2011). "Reagan prepared for the presidency in the political wilderness". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved 9 June 2011.

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  3. Judis, John B. (24 September 1995). "The Man Who Knew Too Little". The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 June 2011.

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  4. Lopez, Kathryn Jean (12 May 2010). "Lee Edwards on His WFB Biography". National Review. Retrieved 9 June 2011.

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  5. Piper, Randy (17 March 2005). "Gingrich VisionS – Winning The Future". US Progressive Conservatives. Retrieved 9 June 2011.

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  6. Weisberg, Jacob (9 January 1998). "Happy Birthday, Heritage Foundation". Slate. Retrieved 9 June 2011.

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  7. https://isgp-studies.com/Le_Cercle_membership_list