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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Norman Podhoretz on World War IV: Chapter 2 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Some have compared George W. Bush the warrior to Ronald Reagan the warrior, but Podhoretz says it is more accurate to compare Bush to Harry Truman...

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Norman Podhoretz on World War IV: Chapter 1 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, January 14, 2008

Prolific author and time-tested conservative Norman Podhoretz describes why the current global struggle is in fact World War IV...

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Uncommon Knowledge: Michael Barone

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Michael Baronevia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, January 14, 2008

To better understand the state of democracy in the United States today, Peter Robinson challenges Michael Barone to explain a series of paradoxes at the heart of our political process: the current state of the Republican Party, the debate over the war in Iraq, and competing tax reform and health-care proposals. Barone also offers his thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of the current Republican and Democratic presidential candidates. (32:09) Video transcript

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Fred Thompson, Riled

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Thursday, January 10, 2008

Just got off the line with someone close to the Thompson campaign—and, more to the point, to Thompson himself...

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Uncommon Knowledge - Michael Barone on American Politics: Chapter 3 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia National Review Online
Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Hillary Clinton has high unfavorable ratings in internal Democratic polls and Rudy Giuliani isn't a social conservative — yet they both lead in national polls...

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Uncommon Knowledge - Michael Barone on American Politics: Chapter 2 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Barone argues that American voters aren't anti-Iraq; rather, they're anti-stalemate...

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Uncommon Knowledge - Michael Barone on American Politics: Chapter 1 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia National Review Online
Monday, December 31, 2007

Author and pundit Michael Barone fields questions on paradoxes in American politics, such as an electoral ratio that skews Democratic, and yet Republican's still see victories in staunch Democratic enclaves...

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Victor Davis Hanson on War and History: Chapter 4 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Thursday, December 13, 2007

VDH discusses a nuclear Iran...

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Victor Davis Hanson on War and History: Chapter 3 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Wednesday, December 12, 2007

VDH discusses his trip to Iraq, his time with General David Petraeus, and whether the surge is sustainable...

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Victor Davis Hanson on War and History: Chapter 2 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, December 11, 2007

VDH discusses the war in Iraq — from the stunning initial victory, to the protracted post-victory malaise, to the remarkably successful surge...

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