Investigative journalist and author Peter Schweizer has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list seven times, most recently for his #1 New York Times bestselling book, Red Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win. Three of his previous books, Profiles in Corruption, Secret Empires, and Clinton Cash, were also bestsellers. Mr. Schweizer is an alumnus of Young America's Foundation's programs and also serves as a Foundation director.
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Prior to founding the Governmental Accountability Institute in 2012, Peter was a consultant to the Office of Presidential Speechwriting in the White House for President George W. Bush. He has also served as a member of the Ultraterrorism Study Group at the U.S. government's Sandia National Laboratory and is a former consultant to NBC News. His books have been translated into eleven languages and he is a frequent guest commentator on television networks, radio talk shows, and podcasts. He is also the host of GAI's own weekly podcast, The Drill Down, which relentlessly exposes cronyism and corruption in Washington.
Mr. Schweizer is also the author of the book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. Both Extortion and the preceding book, Throw Them All Out, were featured in segments on CBS's 60 Minutes program. His other nonfiction books include Reagan's War (Doubleday, 2002), Architects of Ruin (Harper, 2009) Victory (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1994), Do As I Say (Not As I Do) (Doubleday, 2005), and Makers and Takers (Doubleday, 2008). He is also the co-author of The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty (Doubleday, 2004). His academic books include Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement (Texas A&M University Press, 2006), The Reagan Presidency: Assessing the Man and His Legacy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), and The Fall Of The Wall: Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War(Hoover Institution Press, 2000). He was also a contributor to Living in the Eighties (Oxford University Press, 2008).
His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, National Review, and elsewhere. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. Peter received his M.Phil. from Oxford University and his B.A. from George Washington University. He lives in Florida with his wife, Rhonda, and his children.