Paul Johnson was born in 1928 and educated at Stonyhurst and Magdalen College, Oxford. He was a Captain in the British army, Assistant Editor of the Paris magazine Realites, and Editor of the New Statesman, which he edited from 1964 to 1970. Paul Johnson has written over fifty books and contributed to newspapers and magazines worldwide, from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. For many years he wrote a weekly essay in the Spectator, and he still writes a monthly article in Forbes. He has also made forty documentaries. Paul Johnson has four children and ten grandchildren and lives in London and Somerset. His hobbies are painting and hill-walking.