Missionary for Freedom: The Life and Times of Walter Juddby Lee Edwards
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As an outstanding legislator, brilliant orator, and anticommunist crusader, former Minnesota Congressman Walter Judd helped shape United States history in the twentieth century. Playing a key role in such historic endeavors as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the Voice of America, P. L. 480 (Food for Peace), and the removal of all racial discrimination clauses from U.S. immigration laws, Judd also led the way in Congressional approval of the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, and NATO. His encyclopedic knowledge and eloquent voice made him a central figure in U.S. foreign affairs in the post-World War II period. In addition Judd was voted one of the most admired members of Congress by his colleagues and was seriously con sidered as a vice presidential candidate by two American presidents.
Born in a tiny Nebraska town in 1898, Walter Judd worked his way through medical school and spent ten years in war-torn China as a medical missionary. In fact no other American has been more identified with China than Judd, who advised presidents from Truman to Reagan and secretaries of state from Marshall to Kissinger on U.S.-Sino rela-tions. In 1981 President Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, for his skills as a healer, his eloquence as acommunicator, and his lifelong opposi¬tion to tyranny and support of freedom at home and abroad.
This richly detailed biography is a celebration of an American original, a tireless champion of faith and freedom. Lee Edwards brilliantly captures the man and the critical difference he made in the course of this turbulent century. The life of Walter Judd is the story of a modern St. Paul whose moving rhetoric and uncompromising integrity inspired countless Americans from the nation's capital to the nation's campuses for more than six decades.
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Meet the Author
LEE EDWARDS, Ph.D., is Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought and the Heritage Foundation's in-house authority on the U.S. conservative movement.
A leading historian of American conservatism, Edwards is the author or editor of 20 books, including biographies of Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater and Edwin Meese III as well as histories of The Heritage Foundation and the movement as a whole.
Edwards also is chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, which dedicated the Victims of Communism Memorial in 2007 and launched the online Global Museum on Communism in 2009.
Edwards is an adjunct professor of politics at the Catholic University of America. He was the founding director of the Institute of Political Journalism at Georgetown University and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Edwards is a past president of the Philadelphia Society and a media fellow at the Hoover Institution.
His works have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Swedish and French. His next book, a biography of William F. Buckley Jr., is due from ISI Books in spring 2010.
Edwards appears frequently on cable and broadcast outlets such as Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, NBC, PBS, C-SPAN and NPR. He has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, National Review, Human Events and American Spectator.
Among his awards and honors are the Millennium Star of Lithuania, the Cross of Terra Mariana of Estonia, the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy from the Republic of China (Taiwan), the John Ashbrook Award, the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award and the Walter Judd Freedom Award.
Edwards earned a doctorate in world politics from the Catholic University of America. He has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Duke University and did graduate work at The Sorbonne, Paris. He received an honorary doctoral degree in humane letters from Grove City College.
He lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife Anne, who assists him in all his writing.
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