Peter M. Robinson

Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow

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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Under the Skin: Shelby Steele on Race in America

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 30, 2001

Hoover fellow Shelby Steele speaks out on affirmative action, the education gap, and the breakdown of the African American family. An interview by Hoover fellow Peter Robinson.

How Reagan Did It

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

What made Reagan Reagan. By Hoover fellow Peter Robinson.

Mount Reagan

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

One speechwriter’s experience with "the largest and most magnificent American of the second half of the twentieth century." By Hoover fellow Peter Robinson.

Here’s the Rest of Him

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Nancy Reagan shows us the side of her husband Dutch didn’t. By Hoover fellow Peter Robinson.

Why the Press Irks the GOP

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2000

Resentment of the media remains as basic to the identity of Republicans as does resentment of the English to the identity of the Irish." Hoover fellow Peter Robinson explains.

Listen Up, Mr. President

by Milton Friedman, Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, July 30, 2000

With the presidential election season heating up, Hoover fellow Peter Robinson asked Hoover fellow Milton Friedman what advice Friedman would offer the next occupant of the Oval Office. The Nobel laureate had plenty of wisdom to dispense.

What Rudy Did for the GOP

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, July 30, 2000

Working on a book about the Republican Party, last year Hoover fellow Peter Robinson spent some time with Rudolph Giuliani. Although Giuliani is no longer running for the Senate, Robinson argues that Giuliani’s accomplishments as mayor of New York City set an example for Republican candidates just the same. A portrait of a brilliant politician—and a great public servant.

Where’s the Rest of Him?

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2000

Just how bad is Edmund Morris’s new biography of Ronald Reagan? Very, very, very—well, you get the idea. Hoover fellow Peter Robinson weighs in.

Sincerely, Mom

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 1999

Grandma gets e-mail. By Hoover fellow Peter Robinson.

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Faith and Reason, Together Again

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 30, 1998

Who says it’s possible to believe in science and God? Scientists do. Hoover fellow Peter Robinson reports.