Angelo Codevilla died in a car accident on September 20, 2021, at age 78. He had emigrated with his family to the United States from Italy in 1955 at age 12 and went on to serve as a U.S. Navy officer, a foreign service officer, a staff member on the U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence, a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, and a professor of political philosophy and international relations at Georgetown University and Boston University. He was the author of 15 books, including War: Ends and Means (1989, with Paul Seabury); The Character of Nations: How Politics Makes and Breaks Prosperity, Family, and Civility (1997); and Advice to War Presidents: A Remedial Course in Statecraft (2009). A writer of exhilarating directness, he applied the term “the ruling class,” in an essay later expanded into a book of that title, to our bipartisan elite and popularized the term “the Cold Civil War” to describe our precarious political climate.

Angelo was also a senior fellow and faculty member of the Claremont Institute and a frequent contributor to the Claremont Review of Books from its inception. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, he wrote the cover essay “Victory: What It Will Take to Win,” returning to the theme regularly over the next decade, insisting that true peace meant not changing our way

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