Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Ron Suskind

  • Senior Scholar, 2012-2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind has written some of America's most important works of nonfiction, framing national debates while exploring complexities of the human experience. Suskind's sixth book, Life, Animated, was released in April 2014 and explores his most personal subject matter yet: his son Owen's struggle with autism.

Mr. Suskind's fifth book, Confidence Men, Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President (September, 2011), is a multi-layered narrative about the fall of the U.S. economy, the rise of Barack Obama, and the President's battle to guide his White House and earn the confidence of the American people. Calling it "the most ambitious treatment of this period yet," Frank Rich of New York Magazine compared Confidence Men to David Halberstam's classic, The Best and the Brightest, "but the quagmire isn't a neo-Vietnam like Afghanistan - it's the economy!" Joe Nocera in his New York Times review called it "a truly groundbreaking inside account," and The New Yorker simply declared it, "The Book on Barack."

Mr. Suskind's previous works include the New York Times bestsellers, The Way of the World, A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism (August, 2008), about the forces fighting the global "hearts and minds" struggle at a time when destructive weapons are available to the common man; The One Percent Doctrine, Deep Inside America's Pursuit of its Enemies (June, 2006), a signature work on how the U.S. government changed its character and tactics to fight a new kind of war after 9/11; The Price of Loyalty, George W. Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O'Neill (January, 2004), a sweeping tour of the inner workings of the American government in the modern era; and A Hope In the Unseen, An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League (1998), a critically-acclaimed bestseller that has redefined national debates on race, class and achievement. He often appears on network television and is a contributor to the The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. Mr. Suskind was the Wall Street Journal's senior national affairs reporter from 1993 until 2000, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. He is currently a distinguished visiting scholar at Dartmouth College and the Senior Fellow at Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

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