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Thomas Woods Biography

Thomas Woods is an American historian, political commentator, author, and podcaster. He is a New York Times Best-Selling author and has published twelve books.

Gewirtz has written extensively on subjects including the history of the United States, Catholicism, contemporary politics, and economics. Although not an economist himself, Woods is a proponent of the Austrian School of economics. Gewirtz hosts two podcasts, The Tom Woods Show and Contra Krugman.

Thomas Woods Age

Woods was born on August 1, 1972. He is aged 46 years as of 2018.

Thomas Woods Net Worth

Woods has a net worth of 1.2 million dollars.

Thomas Woods Education

He holds a B.A. from Harvard University, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Columbia University, all in history. He is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama and a member of the editorial board for the Institute’s Libertarian Papers.

Woods was an ISI Richard M. Weaver Fellow in 1995 and 1996. He received the 2004 O.P. Alford III Prize for Libertarian Scholarship and an Olive W. Garvey Fellowship from the Independent Institute in 2003.

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Woods has additionally been awarded two Humane Studies Fellowships and a Claude R. Lambe Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. His 2005 book, The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy, won the $50,000 first prize in the 2006 Templeton Enterprise Awards.

He was a founding member of the League of the South and an early contributor to the League’s journal, The Southern Patriot. Woods association has generated criticism, but Woods asserts his involvement with the group was limited and the group itself has changed since his early involvement.

Thomas Woods Publications

He is the author of twelve books. His book The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History was on The New York Times Best Seller list for paperbacks in 2005. The book has been criticized by journalist Cathy Young as being inaccurate, as well as by Ronald Radosh and Max Boot. Woods 2009 book Meltdown also made the bestseller list in 2009.

His writing has been published in numerous popular and scholarly periodicals, including the American Historical Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, Modern Age, American Studies, Journal of Markets & Morality, New Oxford Review, The Freeman, Independent Review, Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines, AD2000, Crisis, Human Rights Review, Catholic Historical Review, the Catholic Social Science Review and The American Conservative.

Thomas Woods Views

On libertarianism
He is a Rothbardian anarcho-capitalist and paleolibertarian.

On Catholicism
He was received into the Roman Catholic Church from Lutheranism. Woods wrote How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization. For eleven years, he was associate editor of The Latin Mass Magazine, which advocates traditional Catholicism. As a traditionalist Catholic, Woods is also recognized for his books attacking the post-Vatican II church. He advocates what he calls the Old Latin Mass and cultural conservatism.

On conservatism
He is a former neoconservative and has been critical of neoconservative support for an aggressive and interventionist foreign policy; in place of this he has advocated non-intervention. He makes a sharp distinction between paleoconservative thinkers, with whom he sympathizes and neoconservative thinkers. In articles, lectures and interviews Woods traces the intellectual and political distinction between the older conservative, or paleoconservative, school of thought and the neoconservative school of thought.

The views have provoked a strong response from some conservatives. On the release of Woods’ Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, the book was scathingly reviewed by Max Boot of The Weekly Standard. Boot accused Woods of being overly sympathetic with Southerners such as John C. Calhoun while exaggerating the militarism of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Bill Clinton.

James Haley’s Weekly Standard review of the book, in contrast, stated that it “provides a compelling rebuttal to the liberal sentiment encrusted upon current history texts…” the book is “ultimately about truth” and “this is a book everyone interested in American history should have in his library.” He concluded his reply to Boot’s review by saying “since in my judgment Max Boot embodies everything that is wrong with modern conservatism, his opposition is about the best endorsement I could have asked for.”

Thomas Woods Podcast

The Tom Woods Show
Woods since September 2013 has delivered a daily podcast, The Tom Woods Show, originally hosted on investment broker Peter Schiff’s website. On the podcasts, which are now archived on Woods’ own website, Woods conducts interviews on economic topics, foreign policy, and history.

Contra Krugman
Woods in September 2015 began Contra Krugman, a weekly podcast, with economist Robert P. Murphy that critiques The New York Times columns of economist Paul Krugman. The podcast seeks to teach economics “by uncovering and dissecting the errors of Krugman.”

Thomas Woods Books

As author

  • The Great Façade: Vatican II and the Regime of Novelty in the Catholic Church (co-authored with Christopher Ferrara; 2002) ISBN 1-890740-10-1
  • The Church Confronts Modernity: Catholic Intellectuals and the Progressive Era (2004) ISBN 0-231-13186-0
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History (2004) ISBN 0-89526-047-6
  • The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy (2005) ISBN 0-7391-1036-5
  • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization (2005) ISBN 0-89526-038-7
  • 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask (2007) ISBN 0-307-34668-4
  • Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass (2007) ISBN 978-0-9793540-2-1
  • Who Killed the Constitution?: The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush (co-authored with Kevin Gutzman; 2008) (ISBN 978-0-307-40575-3)
  • Beyond Distributism (2008)
  • Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse (February 2009) (ISBN 1-5969-8587-9, 978-1-5969-8587-2)
  • Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century (2010) ISBN 1-59698-149-0
  • Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse (2011) ISBN 1-59698-141-5
  • Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion (2014) ISBN 1-50084-476-4

Thomas Woods As editor

  • Choate, Rufus (2002). The Political Writings of Rufus Choate. Gateway Editions. ISBN 0-89526-154-5.
  • Brownson, Orestes (2003) [1875]. The American Republic. Gateway Editions. ISBN 0-89526-072-7.
  • Rothbard, Murray (2007). The Betrayal of the American Right. Ludwig von Mises Institute. ISBN 978-1-933550-13-8.
  • We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now. Basic Books. 2007. ISBN 1-56858-385-0. (Co-edited with Murray Polner.)
  • Back on the Road to Serfdom: The Resurgence of Statism. ISI. 2010. ISBN 978-1-935191-90-2.

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