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A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America

Tuesday February 2006


John J. Miller Writer, National Review

In the 1970s, John M. Olin, one of the country’s leading industrialists, decided to devote his fortune to saving American enterprise. Over the next three decades, the John M. Olin Foundation funded the conservative movement as it emerged from the intellectual ghetto and occupied the halls of power. The foundation spent millions of dollars fostering what its longtime president William E. Simon called the “counterintelligentsia” to offset liberal dominance of university faculties and the mainstream media and to make conservatism a significant cultural force.

Using exclusive access to the John M. Olin Foundation’s leading personalities as well as its extensive archives, John J. Miller tells the story of an intriguing man and his unique philanthropic vision.

In addition to National Review, Miller writes for a variety of other publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic. He is a contributing editor to Philanthropy. The American Prospect has called Miller “one of the brightest young thinkers on the right,” and the Washington Monthly has identified him as a “rising star” among a “new generation of conservative thinkers and writers.”