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Posted By Peter Collier On September 12, 2009 @ 3:51 pm In Contributors | 5 Comments



BA English l96l (cum laude) UC Berkeley.

MA English l963 UC Berkeley.


l963-69–Instructor in Freshman English, UC Berkeley.

l966–Instructor in English, University of San Francisco.

l964–Professor of English, Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama.

l967–Instructor in Sociology, UC Santa Cruz.

l977-83–Visiting Writer, UC Berkeley.


1967-73–Editor, Ramparts Magazine

l982-85–Consulting Editor, California Magazine

1992-2000—Editor, Heterodoxy


1986-91—Co-director, Second Thoughts Project, Washington D.C. (Organized a movement of former New Leftists who had “second thoughts” after a decade and a half of commitment to the “revolution” of the 60s; set up campus appearances across the county for this group; debated spokesmen for the Left before university audiences; published a newsletter, Second Thoughts; traveled to Nicaragua for the State Department to inspire the “civic resistance” to defy the Sandinistas; organized “Second Thoughts Conference” in Washington D.C in 1987, followed by “Second Thoughts about Race” in the same city, and “Second Thoughts about the 60s and Totalitarianism” in Poland in 1989.)

1992-97—Vice President, Center for the Study of Popular Culture, Los Angeles, California.  (Did corporate planning; designed, edited and published a monthly magazine,Heterodoxy, and two quarterlies, The Defender and The Report Card; edited a series of books and pamphlets, including Deconstructing the Left and Stranger than Fact; set up subscription, sales and distribution systems; wrote direct mail and did personal fund raising; organized two conferences on the role of Hollywood and Hollywood politics in American life; appeared in speaking engagements at campuses across the country.)

1998-2006–Publisher and President, Encounter Books.


Articles in New York TimesWashington PostReader’s DigestThe Public InterestCommentaryWeekly StandardThe National ReviewThe American SpectatorVanity FairRolling StoneEsquirePlayboy, Wall Street Journal, etc.

Short fiction in TriquarterlyCantoSeattle Review, etc.

Books (fiction)

Downriver: A Novel (Holt, Rinehart–1978)

The King’s Giraffe with Mary Collier (Simon and Schuster–1995).

Books (nonfiction):

When Shall They Rest: A History of the Cherokee People (Holt, Rinehart–1972)

The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty (Holt, Rinehart–l976)

The Kennedys: An American Drama (Simon and Schuster–1984)

The Fords: An American Epic (Simon and Schuster–1987)

Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts about the Sixties (Simon and Schuster–1989)

The Fondas: A Hollywood Dynasty (G.P Putnam’s–1990)\

Second Thoughts: Former Radicals Look Back at the Sixties (Madison–1991)

The Roosevelts: An American Saga (Simon and Schuster–1994);

Medal of Honor (Workman Publishers–2004)

Film Scripts:

“Shades of Gray: the Life and Death of Fay Stender” (1990);

“Cowboy Days,” the story of Theodore Roosevelt in the West (1997).

Television Documentaries

    Executive Producer for “Campus Battleground,” funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of its “America at the Crossroads” and shown nationally on PBS in 2007.


Three books (The RockefellersThe KennedysThe Roosevelts) main selections Book of the Month Club. Two books (DownriverThe Fondas) featured alternates. Nominated for the National Book Award (The Rockefellers) and the Pulitzer (The Kennedys).  The Rockefellers on the NYT best seller list for 16 weeks.  The Kennedys on the NYT best seller list for 22 weeks.

Called by the New York Times, “America’s premier biographer of dynastic tragedy.”

Books translated into 13 languages.


1979–Fellow, National Endowment of the Arts

1980–State Department Lecturer Abroad in Scandinavia

1987–State Department Lecturer Abroad in Nicaragua

1998–State Department Lecturer Abroad in Italy

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