Peter M. Robinson

Murdoch Research Fellow
Biography: 

Peter M. Robinson is the Murdoch Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's video series program, Uncommon Knowledge™.

Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life (Regan Books, 2003); It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP, (Warner Books, 2000); and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA (Warner Books, 1994; still available in paperback).

In 1979, he graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, where he majored in English. He went on to study politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford University, from which he graduated in 1982.

Robinson spent six years in the White House, serving from 1982 to 1983 as chief speechwriter to Vice President George Bush and from 1983 to 1988 as special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. He wrote the historic Berlin Wall address in which President Reagan called on General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall!"

After the White House, Robinson attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. (The journal he kept formed the basis for Snapshots from Hell.) He graduated with an MBA in 1990.

Robinson then spent a year in New York City with Fox Television, reporting to the owner of the company, Rupert Murdoch. He spent a second year in Washington, D.C., with the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served as the director of the Office of Public Affairs, Policy Evaluation, and Research. Robinson joined the Hoover Institution in 1993.

The author of numerous essays and interviews, Robinson has published in the New York Times, Red Herring, and Forbes ASAP, the Wall Street Journal, and National Review Online. He is the editor of Can Congress Be Fixed?: Five Essays on Congressional Reform (Hoover Institution Press, 1995).

In 2005, Robinson was elected to serve as a Trustee of Dartmouth College.

Robinson lives in northern California with his wife, their children and their dog, Crusoe.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

Filter By:

Topic

Type

Recent Commentary

Tom Wolfe is the author of numerous bestselling works of fiction and non-fiction.
Analysis and Commentary

Tom Wolfe, RIP

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Ricochet
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Peacock Inn in Princeton during the summer of 1979, when, having just graduated from college, I was interviewing for a job in New Jersey: Radical Chic & Mau Mau-ing the Flak Catchers. My room at No. 2 Brewer Street in Oxford in 1980, when, now a graduate student in England, I was feeling intensely homesick for my own country: The Right Stuff.

Blank Section (Placeholder)

“We Are Indebted to Them Every Day”

by Peter M. Robinson interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

Hoover fellow Victor Davis Hanson on his new book, The Second World Wars.

Blank Section (Placeholder)

Networks and Netizens

by Peter M. Robinson interview with Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

Not too many years ago, we were still dreaming sweet dreams of a high-tech utopia. Now computer users have been awakened, rather rudely. Hoover fellow Niall Ferguson guides us through the new and often menacing reality.

Analysis and Commentary

Remembering The Formidable Matriarch, Barbara Bush

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Ricochet
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

I first came to her attention after a 1982 event in Minneapolis at which George H.W. Bush, then vice president, delivered a speech I had written. Aboard Air Force II, Barbara Bush came back to speak to the staff. “Who wrote that speech?” she asked.

Blank Section (Placeholder)

Dilbert and the Donald

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams on managing luck, parsing Trump, and otherwise cutting pointy-headed experts down to size. 

Blank Section (Placeholder)

Putting Aside Adolescent Things

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 23, 2017

Senator Ben Sasse wants to raise wise children worthy of their birthright. 

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Through A Pinhole

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Ricochet
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

At a business dinner in San Francisco last week, the host surprised me by asking me to say a few words about the administration. Unprepared, I stood, spoke–and found myself supporting the administration. The host was so surprised in turn–remember, this was in San Francisco–that he asked me to jot down my notes.

Analysis and Commentary

What Should A Left-ish But Open-Minded Teacher Read?

by Peter M. Robinson mentioning Thomas Sowellvia Ricochet
Sunday, September 10, 2017

A friend asks a very good question: I have a very close relative (elementary teacher) who is on the left end of the political spectrum, who has a book club largely inhabited by dedicated and talented teachers of similar persuasion, who would like her group to branch out a little and read some books from more conservative authors and academics.

Pat Sajak and Peter Robinson
Blank Section (Placeholder)Featured

The Speech That Defined A Presidency

interview with Peter M. Robinson, Pat Sajakvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pat Sajak Interviews Peter Robinson about the Brandenburg Gate Speech.

Uncommon Knowledge 130x130
Blank Section (Placeholder)

The Speech That Defined a Presidency

interview with Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

AUDIO ONLY

Pat Sajak Interviews Peter Robinson about the Brandenburg Gate Speech.

Pages