Ron Suskind

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind has written some of America’s most important works of nonfiction, framing national debates while exploring the complexities of human experience.

Suskind’s latest book, Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President is a multi-layered narrative about an untested president grappling to take control of both a global financial crisis as well as his own White House.

His previous works include: New York Times bestseller, The Way of the World, which explores the forces at home and abroad fighting today’s battles for hope and security; The One Percent Doctrine, which chronicles the U.S. government’s frantic efforts to fight a new kind of war after 9/11; and The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O’Neill, a singular, sweeping tour of the inner workings of the American government. The New York Times called it “an invaluable contribution to the historical record.”

He is also the author of A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League, a book that has redefined national debates on race, class and achievement and is a favorite on U.S. campuses and in book clubs. Ron, who speaks regularly around the country about the central role of education in the unfinished American journey, helps audiences discover a “hope in the unseen” in their own lives and, together, in the life of their country.

Ron often appears on network television, discussing his books on programs ranging from 60 Minutes and The Today Show to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report. He contributed frequently to PBS’s award-winning series Frontline. Currently, he writes for Time Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and Esquire. He was the senior national affairs reporter for The Wall Street Journal from 1993 until his departure in 2000, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

A graduate of the University of Virginia and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Ron spends summers as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy Suskind, and their two sons, Walter and Owen.