This week’s podcast victim is my NR colleague Jay Nordlinger, author of Peace, They Say, a history of the Nobel Peace Prize.
About a month before my man Teddy Roosevelt convened his football summit at the White House in 1905–the story I tell in The Big Scrum–he negotiated a peace that ended the Russo-Japanese War. The next year, he became the first American to win the peace prize. Jay calls this decision “one of the most controversial in the entire history of the prize.” He continues:
There are still people, devotees of the peace prize, who are grousing about the 1906 award. TR, a man of peace, and not a man of war? This Roosevelt of the Spanish-American War, this Rough Rider, this imperialist and colonizer, this shouter of “Bully”? … His image was one of bellicosity, or at least exceptional robustness–not one of peace.
Next week’s podcast: John Tomasi on free markets and fairness.