Martin Anderson

Keith and Jan Hurlbut Senior Fellow

Martin Anderson passed away on January 3, 2015.

He was the Keith and Jan Hurlbut Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 5, 1936, son of Ralph and Evelyn Anderson. A.B. summa cum laude, Dartmouth College, 1957; M.S. in engineering and business administration, Thayer School of Engineering and Tuck School of Business Administration, 1958; Ph.D. in industrial management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1962. Married Annelise Graebner, September 25, 1965.

Assistant to the dean, Thayer School of Engineering, 1959; research fellow, Joint Center for Urban Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, 1961–62; assistant professor of finance, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, 1962–65, associate professor, 1965–68; special assistant to the president of the United States, 1969–70; special consultant to the president of the United States for systems analysis, 1970–71; assistant to the president of the United States for policy development, 1981–82; member, Commission on Critical Choices for Americans, 1973–75; member, Defense Manpower Commission, 1975–76; public interest director, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, 1972–79; member, Committee on the Present Danger, 1977–91; member, President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, 1982–85; member, President's Economic Policy Advisory Board, 1982–89; member, President's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control, 1987–93; member, National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education, 1997–98; trustee, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, 1985–90; member, California Governor's Council of Economic Advisers, 1993–98; chairman, Congressional Policy Advisory Board, 1998–01; member, Defense Policy Board, 2001; member, Defense Advisory Committee on Military Compensation, 2005; senior fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1971–; named Keith and Jan Hurlbut Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, 1998.

Director of research, Nixon presidential campaign, 1968; senior policy adviser, Reagan presidential campaigns, 1976, 1980; policy adviser, Wilson presidential campaign, 1995, Dole presidential campaign, 1996, Bush presidential campaign, 2000; delegate, Republican National Conventions, 1992, 1996, 2000; served as 2d Lt., Army Security Agency, 1958–59. Columnist, Scripps Howard News Service, 1993–94; TV commentator, Nightly Business Report, 1997–. Author of The Federal Bulldozer: A Critical Analysis of Urban Renewal 1949–62 (MIT Press, 1964); Conscription: A Select and Anntotated Bibliography, (Hoover Press, 1976); Welfare: The Political Economy of Welfare Reform in the United States (Hoover Press, 1978); editor of Registration and the Draft (Hoover Press, 1982); The Military Draft (Hoover Press, 1982); Revolution (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988); Impostors in the Temple (Simon & Schuster, 1992); coauthor of Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan That Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America (Free Press, 2001); coauthor of Reagan, In His Own Voice: Ronald Reagan's Radio Addresses (Simon & Schuster Audio, 2001); coeditor of Reagan: A Life in Letters (Simon & Schuster, 2004); coeditor of Reagan's Path to Victory:The Shaping of Ronald Reagan's Vision: Selected Writing (Simon & Schuster, 2004); coeditor of Stories In His Own Hand: The Everyday Wisdom of Ronald Reagan (Simon & Schuster, 2007), coauthor of Reagan's Secret War: The Untold Story of His Fight to Save the World from Nuclear Disaster (Random House, Inc., 2010).

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Recent Commentary

Ronald Reagan: Decisions of Greatness, the latest work of Martin and Annelise Anderson

Ronald Reagan: Decisions of Greatness

by Martin Anderson, Annelise Andersonvia Hoover Institution Press
Sunday, February 1, 2015

Ronald Reagan's Cold War strategy, well established in his first year in office, did not change:  to make absolutely sure in the minds of the Soviets that they too would be destroyed in a nuclear war—even as Reagan sought an alternative through strategic defense to make nuclear missiles obsolete and thus eliminate the possibility of an all-out nuclear war.

Reagan’s Secret War by Martin and Annelise Anderson

Reagan's Secret War

by Martin Anderson, Annelise Anderson
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

On February 6, 1981, at his first National Security Council meeting, Ronald Reagan told his advisers: “I will make the decisions.” As Reagan’s Secret War reveals, these words provide the touchstone for understanding the extraordinary accomplishments of the Reagan administration, including the decisive events that led to the end of the Cold War. 

Reagan’s Secret War

by Martin Anderson, Annelise Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

This president played against type, pursuing a low-profile crusade to avoid nuclear Armageddon. An excerpt from a new book by Hoover fellows Martin and Annelise Anderson.

Border Patrol
Analysis and Commentary

A Conservative Statement For Immigration Reform

by George P. Shultz, Martin Anderson, Clint Bolickvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, July 10, 2006

At this critical moment in the immigration debate, conservatives need to examine the role we are playing in this great national issue…

Reagan's Path to Victory

Reagan's Path to Victory: The Shaping of Ronald Reagan's Vision: Selected Writings

by Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson, Martin Andersonvia Simon & Schuster
Wednesday, December 1, 2004

In the last years of Ronald Reagan's life, his voluminous writings on politics, policy, and people finally emerged and offered a Rosetta stone by which to understand him. From 1975 to 1979, in particular, he delivered more than 1,000 radio addresses, of which he wrote at least 680 himself.

His Place in History

by Martin Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 2004

Reflections on the life—and legacy—of Ronald Reagan. By Martin Anderson.

Reagan: A Life in Letters

Reagan: A Life in Letters

by Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson, Martin Andersonvia Simon & Schuster
Friday, October 1, 2004

The New York Times bestselling collection of Ronald Reagan’s letters—a definitive look at a man, an era, and a presidency.

Reagan, In His Own Voice

Reagan, In His Own Voice: Ronald Reagan’s Radio Addresses

via Simon & Schuster Audio
Thursday, November 1, 2001

Reagan In His Own Voice features Ronald Reagan's radio addresses from the late 1970s. Edited by Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson, they are introduced by George Shultz and feature additional introductions by Nancy Reagan, Richard V. Allen, Judge William Clark, Michael Deaver, Peter Hannaford, Edwin Meese III and Harry O'Connor.

Reagan In His Own Hand

Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America

by Annelise Anderson, Martin Anderson, Kiron K. Skinnervia Free Press
Sunday, October 21, 2001

Hidden in the archives of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for more than a decade, the writings contained in Reagan, In His Own Hand redefine the way we think about American history of the past quarter century and about the fortieth American president.

Stories in His Own Hand

Stories in His Own Hand: The Everyday Wisdom of Ronald Reagan

via Simon & Schuster
Tuesday, October 9, 2001

Ronald Reagan loved to tell stories. Sometimes he used them to break the ice, or to prove a point, but very often he used them to inspire, to uplift, and to remind his listeners of what matters most in life.