Midge Rosenthal Decter (born July 25, 1927) is an American journalist
1 Life and career
4 External links
Life and career
Decter was born into a Jewish family in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
She is the daughter of Rose (née Calmenson) and Harry Rosenthal, a
sporting goods merchant. She attended the University of
Minnesota, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and New York
University, but did not graduate from any of them.
She was Assistant Editor at Midstream, then the secretary to the
then-editor of Commentary, Robert Warshow. Later she was the
executive editor of
Harper's under Willie Morris. She then began
working in publishing as an editor at
Basic Books and Legacy Books.
Her writing has been published in Commentary, First Things, The
Atlantic, National Review, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, and
the American Spectator.
Together with Donald Rumsfeld, Decter is the former co-chair of the
Committee for the Free World and one of the original champions of the
neoconservative movement with her spouse, Norman Podhoretz. She is
also a founder of the Independent Women's Forum, and was founding
treasurer for the Northcote Parkinson Fund, founded and chaired by
John Train. She is a member of the board of trustees for the Heritage
Foundation. She is also a board member of the Center for
Security Policy and the
Clare Boothe Luce
Clare Boothe Luce Fund. She is also a
member of the
Philadelphia Society and she was, for a time, its
president. She is also a senior fellow at the Institute of
Religion and Public Life. She is one of the signatories to
Statement of Principles for the Project for the New American
Century. Decter serves on the national advisory board of Accuracy
in Media. In 2008,
Midge Decter received the Truman-Reagan Medal
She is the mother of conservative columnists
Ruthie Blum and John
Podhoretz, children of Norman Podhoretz. She is also the mother, by
her first marriage, of Rachel Decter (1951–2013), who married
Elliott Abrams in 1980.
Losing the First Battle, Winning the War
The Liberated Woman and Other Americans (1970)
The New Chastity and Other Arguments Against Women's Liberation (1972)
Liberal Parents, Radical Children (1975)
An Old Wife's Tale: My Seven Decades in Love and War (2001)
Always Right: Selected Writings of
Midge Decter (2002)
Rumsfeld : A Personal Portrait (2003)
^ a b c d NNDB webpage
^ a b c d e f The
Philadelphia Society webpage
^ a b c d HarperCollins webpage
^ a b
Heritage Foundation Board of Trustees Archived March 4, 2010, at
the Wayback Machine.
^ The New York Times
^ Swain, Carol (2003). Contemporary voices of white nationalism in
America. Cambridge, UK New York: Cambridge University Press.
p. 81. ISBN 978-0521016933. Note: this quote is from
the authors' introductory essay, not from the interviews.
American Spectator webpage Archived November 27, 2011, at the
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 23, 2010.
^ New American Century Statement of Principles
^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Accuracy in Media. Retrieved
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 28, 2012.
Retrieved September 4, 2012.
Appearances on C-SPAN
Booknotes interview with Decter on An Old Wife’s Tale: My Seven
Decades in Love and War, October 7, 2001.
Midge Decter at Goodreads