Alvin Felzenberg has announced the publishing of his most recent book, A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley, Jr. Its theme is how, in the course of a half century, Buckley used his multiple personal gifts across multiple platforms to move the center of opinion in the United States closer in his direction. It explores a previously unexamined part of his life, how he exerted his influence behind the scenes to advance or retard the agendas of several presidents.
His previous book, The Leaders We Deserved and a Few We Didn’t (Basic Books) has been back in the news as a result of the recent CSPAN historians’ ratings of the nation’s presidents.
Alvin S. Felzenberg has served in senior policy posts at the state and national levels and is a recognized expert on American politics and political movements. He served in two presidential administrations and as an adviser to the Departments of State and Defense and was principal spokesman for the 9-11 Commission.
In 2006, he was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Since 2007, Dr. Felzenberg has taught communications the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been a lecturer in communications and political science at Princeton, Yale, Johns Hopkins and George Washington Universities. (While at Yale, he directed a student-initiated seminar on William F. Buckley, Jr. and his contemporaries.
He is a former columnist for US News and World Report and Fox News. Felzenberg has appeared as a commentator on major public affairs television shows, including CNN’s “Crossfire,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation,” and multiple others. His writings have appeared in the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Politico, and National Review online.