Mark Steyn Biography
Mark Steyn is a Canadian author, writer, and conservative political commentator born on December 8, 1959.He has written five books, including America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It, a New York Times bestseller. He is published in newspapers and magazines, and appears on shows such as those of Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt, Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. Steyn was born in Toronto. He was baptized a Catholic and later confirmed in the Anglican Church; he has stated that “the last Jewish female in my line was one of my paternal great-grandmothers” and that “both my grandmothers were Catholic”. Steyn’s great-aunt was artist Stella Steyn. His mother’s family was Belgian. Steyn was educated at the King Edward’s School, Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, the same school that author J. R. R. Tolkien attended and where Steyn was assigned a Greek dictionary that had also been used by Tolkien.
Mark Steyn Career
At the age of 16 Steyn left school and started working as a disc jockey before becoming musical theatre critic at the newly established The Independent in 1986. In 1992 he was appointed as a film critic for The Spectator . After writing predominantly about the arts, Steyn shifted his focus to political commentary and wrote a column for The Daily Telegraph, a conservative broadsheet, until 2006.
He has over time written for a wide range of publications, including the Jerusalem Post, Orange County Register, Chicago Sun-Times, National Review, The New York Sun, The Australian, Maclean’s, The Irish Times, National Post, The Atlantic, Western Standard, and The New Criterion.Steyn’s books include Broadway Babies Say Goodnight: Musicals Then and Now (a history of the musical theatre) and America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, a New York Times bestseller. He has also published collections of his columns and his celebrity obituaries and profiles from The Atlantic.
Steyn held a Eugene C. Pulliam Visiting Fellowship in Journalism at Hillsdale College in spring 2013. As of 2010, Steyn was no longer the back-page columnist for the print edition of National Review, conservative writer James Lileks having taken over that space in the print edition. Steyn’s back-page column for National Review, “Happy Warrior”, resumed with the March 21, 2011 issue. Steyn also has contributed to the center-right blog Ricochet.com and recorded numerous podcasts with the organization.Steyn is also a guest host of The Rush Limbaugh Show.From December 2016 to February 2017, Steyn hosted “The Mark Steyn Show” on the CRTV Digital Network. Following the cancellation of the show, Steyn sued CRTV.The show has continued on as an independent production published direct to Steyn’s YouTube channel.
Mark Steyn Books
Steyn’s work America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It (ISBN 0-89526-078-6) is a New York Times bestselling nonfiction book published in 2006. It deals with the global war on terror and wider issues of demographics in Muslim and non-Muslim populations. It has been widely praised by conservative commentators, and recommended by George W. Bush. The paperback edition (ISBN 1596985275), released in April 2008 with a new introduction, was labeled “Soon to Be Banned in Canada”, alluding to a possible result that Steyn then anticipated from the Canadian Islamic Congress’ human rights complaints against Maclean’s magazine.
Response to America Alone
In an essay about America Alone,Christopher Hitchens wrote that “Mark Steyn believes that demography is destiny, and he makes an immensely convincing case,” then went on to detail many points at which he disagreed with Steyn. For instance, Hitchens believed that Steyn erred by “considering European Muslim populations as one. Islam is as fissile as any other religion, and considerable friction exists among immigrant Muslim groups in many European countries. Moreover, many Muslims actually have come to Europe for the advertised purposes; seeking asylum and to build a better life.” Nevertheless, Hitchens expressed strong agreement with some of Steyn’s points, calling the book “admirably tough-minded.”
In 2011, Steyn published After America: Get Ready for Armageddon, a followup to America Alone. In it, he argues that the United States is now on the same trajectory towards decline and fall as the rest of the West, due to unsustainable national spending and borrowing. While America Alone concentrated on demography and the rise of Islamic extremism, After America concentrates on Federal debt and the growth of government and bureaucracy. After America peaked at number 4 on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list.
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Climate Change: The Facts
In early 2015, Steyn together with the Institute of Public Affairs published Climate Change: The Facts, a collection of 21 essays by what Steyn describes as “leading scientists and commentators” on the science, politics and economics of the climate change debate. The book is written from the perspective of a climate change skeptic.
Mark Steyn Awards
Mark Steyn in 2005,received the Henry Salvatori Prize in the American Founding at the Claremont Institute established by philanthropist and conservative leader Henry Salvatori. It is awarded in honour of those who “distinguish themselves by an understanding of, and actions taken to preserve and foster the principles upon which the United States was built”.
Mark Steyn was awarded the 2006 Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism for writing which “best reflects love of this country and its democratic institutions”. The announcement quotes from Steyn’s syndicated column for June 26, 2006, “Be Glad the Flag Is Worth Burning”: One of the big lessons of these last four years is that many, many beneficiaries of Western civilization loathe that civilization, and the media are generally inclined to blur the extent of that loathing.
Roger Ailes of Fox News Channel presented the prize, which included a check for $20,000.Steyn received the Center for Security Policy’s “Mightier Pen” award in 2007, receiving it at an event that featured a convocation by Jewish scholar and rabbi Yitz Greenberg and remarks by Board of Regents Honorary Chairman Bruce Gelb. In 2010, Steyn was presented the Sappho Award from the International Free Press Society in Copenhagen, Denmark for what was described as both “his ample contributions as a cultural critic” and “his success in influencing the debate on Islam, the disastrous ideology of multiculturalism and the crisis of the Western civilization.”
Mark Steyn Age
He was born on December 8, 1959.
Mark Steyn Children
He is a father of three children.
Mark Steyn Wife
Mark Steyn got married to an editor he met at the Independent. Mark and his wife have 3 children and they live happily in Woodsville, New Hampshire and are catholic. There is no any news and rumors related to his previous relationships, he is happily living with his wife and children.