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About the Author: Os Guinness
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A Free People's Suicide
Sustainable Freedom and the American Future
By Os Guinness
About the Author
Os Guinness is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, including The American Hour, The Call, The Great Experiment, Time for Truth and The Case for Civility.
Great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China during World War II where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil. in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.
In the 1960s, Guinness was a leader at L'Abri, an evangelical Christian organization founded by Francis Schaeffer and his wife. In 1984 Guinness came to the United States, where he was a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies and then a visiting fellow at the
Brookings Institution. In 1991 he founded the Trinity Forum and served as senior fellow until 2004.
A frequent speaker and prominent social critic, Guinness is adept at making academic concerns accessible to lay audiences, especially in the field of public policy. As a European visitor to the U.S. and a great admirer but detached observer of American culture today, he stands in the long
tradition of outside voices who have contributed so much to America's ongoing discussion about the state of the union. He lives near Washington, D.C., with his wife, Jenny.