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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Dennis Prager on Uncommon Knowledge

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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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?...

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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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John Stossel on Uncommon Knowledge

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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Thomas Sowell on the second edition of Intellectuals and Society

by Peter M. Robinson with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

On the occasion of the publication of a new edition of his book Intellectuals and Society, Thomas Sowell returns to Uncommon Knowledge for a wide-ranging interview...

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The U.S. & the World with Patrick J. Buchanan: Chapter 4 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, April 26, 2012
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The U.S. & the World with Patrick J. Buchanan: Chapter 3 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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The U.S. & the World with Patrick J. Buchanan: Chapter 2 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pat Buchanan discusses Christianity and how its importance has dwindled in the United States and Europe...

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The Suicide of a Superpower with Patrick J. Buchanan

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, April 23, 2012

Pat Buchanan discusses immigration, assimilation, the disaster that was the 1960s, and the fate of the American achievement...

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American Culture with Charles Murray: Chapter 5 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, April 13, 2012

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