Tom Bethell is a senior editor of The American Spectator. He has also been Washington editor of Harper's, and an editor of the Washington Monthly. He has written articles for many magazines, including Fortune, the New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic Monthly. Every month for 24 years, he wrote a 2,000-word article on a wide range of subjects for The American Spectator. He has been a columnist for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and before that The Washington Star.
Over the past fifteen years, Mr. Bethell has been a visiting media fellow at Hoover Institution, Stanford. In 1998, he published The Noblest Triumph: Property and Prosperity through the Ages (St. Martin's Press). In a dust-jacket comment, the writer and analyst George Gilder said that Bethell "commands the most eloquent prose in American journalism. Here he addresses the most crucial enigmas of life and history from the real reasons for the Irish famine to the nature of intellectual property." In 1988, a collection of his journalism was published under the title The Electric Windmill. Tom Wolfe wrote that the book "establishes Tom Bethell as one of our most brilliant essayists."
A graduate of Oxford University, Mr. Bethell came to the United States from England in 1962. His main interest at the time was New Orleans Jazz and its origins. His book on this subject was published by the University of California Press in 1977. Mr. Bethell is married to Donna Fitzpatrick Bethell. They live in Washington, D.C.