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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Shelby Steele on Obama and the Politics of Race: Chapter 5 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Shelby Steelevia National Review Online
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Why can’t Obama win?

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Shelby Steele on Obama and the Politics of Race: Chapter 4 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Shelby Steelevia National Review Online
Thursday, January 31, 2008

Shelby Steele describes the practice of “masking” in the black culture...

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Shelby Steele on Obama and the Politics of Race: Chapter 3 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Shelby Steelevia National Review Online
Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Obama lost his father at the age of two, after which he was raised in an all-white Midwestern household...

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Shelby Steele on Obama and the Politics of Race: Chapter 2 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Shelby Steelevia National Review Online
Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Shelby Steele talks about the “one-drop rule” and how it has defined Barack Obama’s candidacy as an African American running for president...

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Shelby Steele on Obama and the Politics of Race: Chapter 1 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Shelby Steelevia National Review Online
Monday, January 28, 2008

In conversation with Peter Robinson, Shelby Steele explores Barack Obama’s candidacy — and his character — in light of the two strategies that African Americans have traditionally used for dealing with life in the white American mainstream: bargaining and challenging...

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Norman Podhoretz on World War IV: Chapter 5 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia National Review Online
Friday, January 18, 2008

Can we live with a nuclear Iran?

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Shelby Steele: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Shelby Steelevia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, January 18, 2008

In conversation with Peter Robinson, Shelby Steele explores Barack Obama's candidacy. (33:49) Video transcript

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Sit Up and Smile!

by Peter M. Robinson with Shelby Steelevia Corner (National Review Online)
Friday, January 18, 2008

From a reader, both kind and merciful...

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Norman Podhoretz on World War IV: Chapter 4 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia National Review Online
Thursday, January 17, 2008

Post-9/11 America has split into two camps, according to Podhoretz...

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Norman Podhoretz on World War IV: Chapter 3 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia National Review Online
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Podhoretz explains what went wrong between the instant victory in Iraq in 2003 and the successful surge of 2007...

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