Charles Peters

Charles Peters is the author of Five Days in Philadelphia and How Washington Really Works, among other books. He is the founder of The Washington Monthly, that he edited for thirty-two years, following a career in politics and government which included serving in the West Virginia legislature, working on John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign, and helping to launch the Peace Corps. He lives in Washington, D.C.


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Where are you from?
Charleston, W. Va, lived in Washington, DC since 1961

Who are your favorite writers?
Miguel de Cervantes, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Mysteries and watching football and baseball

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Focus on what has to be done today.

What is your favorite quote?
The Golden Rule with Shavian Corollary: "Do unto others what you would have them do unto you unless their tastes are different."

What inspired you to write your first book?
How Washington Really Works
My frustration at my fellow journalists' failure to understand the culture of bureaucracy and its impact on events.

Where do you write?
In my dining room. I dedicated my first book, How Washington Really Works, to my wife's dining room table.

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Lyndon B. Johnson
The American Presidents
Charles Peters; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
Times Books

The towering figure who sought to transform America into a "Great Society" but whose ambitions and presidency collapsed in the tragedy of the Vietnam War Few...


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