Mary Eberstadt

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Mary Tedeschi Eberstadt is an American author and a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. She also serves as consulting editor of Policy Review, the Hoover Institution’s bimonthly journal. Her work focuses on issues in American society, culture, and philosophy.

Eberstadt graduated magna cum laude in 1983 from Cornell University, where she was a four-year Telluride Scholar.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Throughout her career, Eberstadt has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers, including National Review Online, Policy Review, The Weekly Standard, Commentary, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Times, First Things, and the American Spectator.

She is also the author of numerous influential essays, including "Why Ritalin Rules,"[2] "Home-Alone America,"[3] "Eminem is Right,"[4] "How the West Really Lost God,"[5] and "Is Food the New Sex?"[6] and "The Vindication of Humanae Vitae,"[7] "How Pedophilia Lost its Cool,"[8] and "Christianity Lite."[9]

New York Times columnist David Brooks has twice awarded Eberstadt's writing a “Sidney,” his annual award for best essay writing of the year.[10] Columnist George Will has called Eberstadt "intimidatingly intelligent," and author George Weigel has called her “our premier analyst of American cultural foibles and follies, with a keen eye for oddities that illuminate just how strange the country’s moral culture has become.” Like Weigel Eberstadt is Catholic.[11]

Eberstadt’s first book, Home-Alone America,[12] argued that separating children from family members at early ages is linked to childhood problems such as obesity and rising rates of mental and behavioral disorders. The book also connected these problems to contemporary popular culture, particularly as reflected in adolescent music (including the award-winning chapter, “Eminem is Right”). National Review called the book “important” and “thought-provoking.” R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, called it “a book that should be read by every concerned parent, pastor, and policy maker.”

In 2007, Eberstadt published and contributed the introductory essay to Why I Turned Right: Leading Baby Boom Conservatives Chronicle their Political Journeys,[13] which featured personal essays by prominent conservative writers, editors, and pundits, including PJ O’Rourke, Dinesh D’Souza, Stanley Kurtz, Tod Lindberg, Joseph Bottum, Sally Satel, Heather Mac Donald, Peter Berkowitz, Danielle Crittenden, Richard Starr, David Brooks, and Rich Lowry. Christopher Buckley called the book “A thoroughly engaging, witty, and instructive series of essays by the best and rightest of our generation."

In 2010, Eberstadt published her first work of fiction, The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism.[14] Scot McKnight of Beliefnet wrote that “[CS] Lewis now has a rival: The Loser Letters.” The Catholic Post called it “an instant classic.” PJ O’Rourke wrote that “Mary Eberstadt is the rightful heir and assignée of CS Lewis, and her heroine in The Loser Letters is the legitimate child (or perhaps grandchild) of ‘the patient’ in The Screwtape Letters.”

From 1990 to 1998, Eberstadt was executive editor of National Interest magazine. Between 1985 and 1987, she was a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the US State Department[15] and a speechwriter for then Secretary of State George P. Shultz. In 1984–85 she was a special assistant to Ambassador Jeane J Kirkpatrick. Eberstadt was also a managing editor of the Public Interest.[16]



  1. ^ Mary Eberstadt (biography), Hoover Institution .
  2. ^ "Why Ritalin Rules", Policy Review (Hoover) .
  3. ^ "Home-Alone America", Policy Review (Hoover) .
  4. ^ "Eminem is Right", Policy Review (Hoover) .
  5. ^ "How the West Really Lost God", Policy Review (Hoover) .
  6. ^ "Is Food the New Sex?", Policy Review (Hoover) .
  7. ^ "The Vindication of Humanae Vitae", First Things (Institute for Religion & Public life), Jul 2008 .
  8. ^ "How Pedophilia Lost its Cool", First Things (Institute for Religion & Public life), Nov 2009 .
  9. ^ "Christianity Lite", First Things (Institute for Religion & Public life), Jan 2010 .
  10. ^ Brooks, David (Dec 29, 2009), "Sidney Awards", The New York Times .
  11. ^ "A Catholic Viewpoint: Survival Requires Orthodoxy", NPR, March 16, 2013 
  12. ^ Eberstadt 2004.
  13. ^ Eberstadt 2007.
  14. ^ Eberstadt 2010.
  15. ^ "Arms control: its casualties", Commentary Magazine .
  16. ^ "Mary Eberstadt", Authors (biography), Simon & Schuster .

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