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Andrew Ferguson is the author of Land of Lincoln: Adventure’s in Abe’s America. He is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard magazine and has written for The New Yorker, the New Republic, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and many others.

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Matthew Continetti and Andrew Ferguson discuss Donald Trump’s nomination
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Donald Trump And Conservative Intellectuals

interview with Matthew Continetti, Andrew Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Where do conservatives fit in the Trump administration?

The Bill of Wrongs

by Andrew Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Visitors to the National Archives, please check your reverence at the door.

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Joseph Epstein and Andrew Ferguson discuss the state of liberal arts education on Uncommon Knowledge

with Joseph Epstein, Andrew Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, May 31, 2013

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, authors Joseph Epstein and Andrew Ferguson discuss where liberal arts came from and what has happened to them. Liberal arts, they say, emerged from an ancient stream of thought, learning, and belief about what is important in life, yet liberal arts degrees are not held in high regard today. (30:57)

Gerard Baker and Andrew Ferguson on Uncommon Knowledge

The conservative newsroom

with Andrew Ferguson, Gerard Bakervia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, November 28, 2011

Gerard Baker is deputy editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal and Andrew Ferguson is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard. His most recent book is Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course at Getting His Kids into College. They discuss, with Hoover research fellow Peter Robinson, journalism: its creative impulses, profit margins, and the monochromatic newsroom.

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Andrew Ferguson — Crazy U

with Andrew Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 18, 2011

A speechwriter for President George H. W. Bush, Andrew Ferguson is now a senior editor at the Weekly Standard. The author of Fools’ Names and Land of Lincoln, Ferguson’s most recent book is entitled Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College.

Andrew Ferguson and Rob Long compare and contrast the rhetoric of Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln.

Ferguson and Long on Obama, Lincoln, and More

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Andrew Ferguson, Rob Longvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, February 16, 2009

How close in style and substance is Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln, one of our greatest presidents, who also hailed from Illinois and emerged from a humble background to lead our nation in a time of crisis? Ferguson and Long examine the first inaugural addresses of both men to explore the parallels between the two and offer insights into how President Obama will guide our nation. (36:54 ) Video transcript

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No Child Left Alone

by Andrew Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A thorough education—in government intrusion. By Andrew Ferguson.

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Land of Lincoln

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Andrew Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, July 10, 2007

"Abraham Lincoln hasn’t been forgotten, but he’s shrunk … That earlier Lincoln, that large Lincoln, seems to be slipping away." So writes author Andrew Ferguson. Here Ferguson brings that "large" Lincoln back into view and offers insights into how Lincoln shaped himself into one of the nation’s great wartime leaders and perhaps its greatest presidential orator. He answers the fundamental question of why does Lincoln still matter. (28:46) Video transcript

LAND OF LINCOLN: Abraham Lincoln and American History

with Andrew Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Henry Ford once said that "history is more or less bunk. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we make today." Do Americans care about history or not? Journalist Andrew Ferguson discusses America's relationship with its own history using the continuing fascination with Abraham Lincoln as a case study.

LOST FOR WORDS: Politics and the English Language

with Andrew Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, November 16, 2000

In 1946, George Orwell wrote a famous essay deploring the decline in the level of modern political discourse. Many would argue that in the following fifty years, the problem has only gotten worse. But why is this the case? Our politicians all have teams of professional speech writers and pollsters, working with focus group data and the latest research to figure out just what the public wants to hear. So why doesn't it work? Why does the political discourse of our modern politicians pale against those of our forefathers?