Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Ron Suskind has written some of America’s most important works of nonfiction, framing national debates while exploring the complexities of human experience. An in-demand speaker for the last 10 years, his lectures provide audiences with an unparalleled look behind the headlines – whether he’s addressing terrorism, social issues, or political and leadership topics. Suskind, who often appears on network television, currently writes for Time, the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and the Wall Street Journal, where he was the senior national affairs reporter and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.
His latest book, Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President (Harper), tells the complete story of the nation's financial meltdown and an untested new president charged with commanding Washington, taming Wall Street, rescuing an economy on the verge of collapse, and restoring the confidence of a shaken nation. Suskind moves from the frenzied trading floors of lower Manhattan to the power corridors inside the Beltway and introduces a larger than life cast of politicians and advisors, titans of high finance, reformers, lobbyists, and others who faced a crisis that threatened not only a nation, but the entire world. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews and exhaustive research, filled with piercing insight and startling disclosures, Suskind's eye-opening book goes beyond the headlines and previous accounts, bringing into focus the unprecedented struggle between Wall Street and Washington, between hope and fear, that continues to roil the nation.
His previous New York Times best-seller, The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism (Harper), tells a multi-layered narrative about the forces at home and abroad fighting today’s battles for hope and security. Juxtaposing the human dramas of cultural collision with the controversial policies of the Bush administration and foreign leaders, the book weaves together a variety of story lines, painting a highly original portrait of the world we live in today. At the same time, it breaks major stories about prewar intelligence on Iraq, deception by the U.S. government, and the last months of Benazir Bhutto’s life. The book made headlines and was featured on NBC’s Nightly News, Comedy Central’s Daily Show, NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, NPR’s Morning Edition and Fresh Air, and in the Associated Press, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.
Suskind’s previous book, the New York Times best-seller The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of its Enemies since 9/11, is the definitive work on how the U.S. government – from President Bush on down – frantically improvised to fight a new kind of war after 9/11. Suskind takes readers on a tour of what he calls “the invisible battlefield” – a global matrix where U.S. spies race to catch soldiers of jihad before they strike – and reveals Dick Cheney’s “one percent doctrine,” the secret core of America’s foreign policy playbook since 9/11. The book was called “riveting” by the New York Times; “an important book, filled with jaw-dropping stories we haven’t heard before,” by the Washington Post; and the “most detailed, revealing account yet of American counterterrorism efforts,” by Publisher’s Weekly.
In The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O’Neill, he provided a singular, sweeping tour of the inner workings of the Bush Presidency, that TheNew York Times called “an invaluable contribution to the historical record.” Fortunecited the #1 New York Times best-seller as “one of the 75 ‘smartest’ books ever written,” and it was awarded Best Book of 2004 by the Investigative Reporters and Editors.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.
Suskind, a graduate of the University of Virginia and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, spends summers as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy Suskind, and their two sons, Walter and Owen.
Praise for Suskind:
"Suskind is at heart a storyteller. . . He is brave enough to discover, through relentless reporting and a sustained and admirable act of sympathy, the right questions. In this age of scandal, we must be grateful to him for that."
—The New York Times
Praise for The Way of the World:
“[The Way of the World delivers, serving up two interlinked revelations that add materially to the W.M.D. megascandal: first, that more than three months before initiating the Iraq war President Bush and his highest officials received information, via the British, from Iraq’s intelligence chief, Tahir Habbush, that Saddam Hussein had destroyed all his weapons of mass destruction years before — information that the officials “buried” but that turned out to be true. And second, that after paying off Mr. Habbush to the tune of $5 million and resettling him in Jordan, White House officials used him to run a scam on the American people, drafting a letter over his name, backdated to the summer of 2001, in which Mr. Habbush informs Hussein that he has been training Mohammed Atta, soon to be the leader of the 9/11 attacks… Mr. Suskind bids fair to claim the crown as the most perceptive, incisive, dogged chronicler of the inner workings of the Bush administration.” —New York Times
“Suskind’s reporting continues to make him an indispensable chronicler of the Bush/Cheney debacle.”
—Tim Rutten, The Los Angeles Times
“Extraordinary. . . If Mr Suskind is correct, laws have been broken and President George W. Bush and/or Dick Cheney are implicated. . . This is – or ought to be – a Watergate-sized scandal. . . This charge is grave and shocking. . . . Congress ought to look into it urgently, with witnesses on oath. . . The picture of blundering malfeasance that emerges from this book is deeply depressing.”
—Clive Crook, The Financial Times
“The allegation in Ron Suskind’s new book that the White House ordered the CIA to forge evidence of a link between Iraq and al Qaeda is so incredibly grave that it demands a serious response from the government. . . . But so far, we’ve gotten mostly hyperbole, innuendo, and narrowly constructed denials. . . Unfortunately, the closest that the MSM usually comes to weighing the evidence is saying: Ron Suskind charges X, and the White House denies it. This is what is now called reporting.”
—Dan Froomkin, washingtonpost.com
“Moving. . . Mr. Suskind is a prodigiously talented craftsman. . . The Way of the World [has] a cast of characters that sprawls across class and circumstance to represent the totality of a historical moment.”
—The New York Observer
“An ambitious attempt to weave all the strands of our current conflict into a unified whole. . . Ron Suskind’s new book has earned buzz because of his arresting argument that the Bush administration actually forged evidence to buttress its case for war.”
“A bombshell book.”
—The Today Show
“An explosive new book.”
“Incisive. . . No journalist has more ably explored the dark crevices of the Bush administration’s foreign policy. . . The Habbush episode is the most spectacular case study in Suskind’s book, but it’s by no means the most depressing. . . Suskind has shown that faith – the wrong kind of faith, anyway – can produce disaster.”
“This book pulls no punches.”
—David Gregory, The Today Show
“There is much more to learn from Suskind’s reporting, including new evidence that Bush and other officials knew there were no WMD in Iraq.”
—Joe Conason, Salon