Peter Beinart is the author of The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris and The Good Fight. A former editor of The New Republic, he is an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and the senior political writer for The Daily Beast. He lives with his family in New York City.
Where are you from?
Who are your favorite writers?
Walter Russell Mead, Tom Segev.
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
David Halberstam, Best and the Brightest, J. Anthony Lukas, Common Ground.
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Judaism, the NFL.
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
"Follow your bliss."
What is your favorite quote?
"Make yourself a teacher and find yourself a friend"-Pirkei Avot
What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Q: What made you write your essay on Israel? A: My fear that my children would not be able to be liberals and Zionists at the same time.
Where do you write?
At the office and at our dining room table
The Crisis of Zionism
"A deeply important book for anyone who cares about Israel."—President Bill Clinton
"A probing, courageous, and timely book... Beinart offers a forceful exposition of American...