Peter Collier (political author)

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Peter Anthony Dale Collier (born June 2, 1939)[1] is a writer and publisher. He was the founding publisher of Encounter Books in California and held that position from 1998 until he resigned in 2005, when it moved from San Francisco to New York City, and Collier was replaced as publisher by Roger Kimball. He remains a consultant to the company.[2] Collier has collaborated with David Horowitz on many projects over many decades, e.g., co-editor of Ramparts;[3] publishing articles on Horowitz's; co-author with Horowitz on several books (including The Anti-Chomsky Reader (2004)); and promoter of other Horowitz ventures like the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, which he co-founded with Horowitz. Collier was also a co-organizer of the Second Thoughts conferences for the ex-leftists who had moved to the right.


He was born in Hollywood, California, and attended the University of California, receiving a BA in English in 1961. He did civil rights work in the South in 1964. He became literary editor of Ramparts Magazine in 1967 and was later editor of that magazine from 1968-1972 along with David Horowitz whom he had known at Berkeley in the late 50s. In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.[4] He taught Freshman English at the University of California (Berkeley) from 1964–69, and returned as a Lecturer in Creative Writing from 1978-81. He has contributed reviews to various publications.[5][6][7] He is on the editorial board of World Affairs a quarterly international affairs journal.[8]

He is a fellow of the National Endowment of the Arts (1980) and lectured abroad for the United States Information Service in 1980, 1987, and 1998.

Collier lives with his family in Nevada City, California.[9]


Co authored[edit]

With David Horowitz:


Non fiction[edit]

  • When Shall They Rest? The Cherokees' Long Struggle with America Dell Publishing (1975) ISBN 978-0-440-99341-4
  • Second Thoughts: Former Radicals Look Back at the Sixties(editor) Madison Books (1989) ISBN 978-0-8191-7147-4
  • Second Thoughts About Race in America (editor) Madison Books (1991) ISBN 978-0-8191-8243-2
  • The Fondas: a Hollywood Dynasty Berkley Books (1992) ISBN 978-0-425-13184-8
  • Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty Book and Multimedia DVD with photography by Nick Del Calzo Artis (2003) ISBN 1-57965-314-6
  • Political Woman: The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick Encounter Books (2012) ISBN 978-1594036040


  • The King's Giraffe children's tale with Mary Jo Collier Stephane Poulin (Illustrator) Simon & Schuster Books (1996) ISBN 978-0-689-80679-7

His short fiction has appeared in Triquarterly, Canto, the Seattle Review, and the Missouri Review.


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