Peter M. Robinson

Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow
Biography: 

Peter M. Robinson is the Murdoch Distinguished Policy 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.

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Margaret and Ron

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Has a friendship ever seemed more unlikely? Genial and easygoing, Ronald Reagan grinned readily, swapped jokes and put people at ease instinctively. Margaret Thatcher worked incessantly, always pressing everyone around her for more facts, details and statistics.

Analysis and Commentary

Uncommon Knowledge with Justice Antonin Scalia

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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"The American Project Is in Danger"

by Charles Murray, Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Charles Murray on the crisis that threatens our very identity as a nation. An interview with Peter Robinson.

Analysis and Commentary

Uncommon Knowledge with George Gilder

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

Wheel Of Fortune Host Pat Sajak On Uncommon Knowledge

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
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"Leading from Behind Is an Oxymoron"

by Condoleezza Rice, Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, August 13, 2012

Condoleezza Rice weighs America’s failures, successes, and diplomatic challenges yet to come. An interview with Peter Robinson.

In the News

Dennis Prager on Uncommon Knowledge

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

Four Words That Moved the World: 'Tear Down This Wall'

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, June 9, 2012

This may sound odd coming from a Reagan speechwriter, but for 25 years I have wondered: Did that Berlin address really matter?...

In the News

Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy on Uncommon Knowledge

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

This week on Uncommon Knowledge Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy discuss their new book The Presidents’ Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity...

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