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Robert Draper in 2007
|Born||November 15, 1959|
|Alma mater||University of Texas at Austin|
|Notable works||Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush;
Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives
Background and education
Draper attended Westchester High School in Houston, Texas. He is the grandson of Leon Jaworski, who served as a special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal. Draper was active in high school debate. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in the Plan II Honors program and wrote for the university newspaper The Daily Texan.
After graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Draper wrote for the Austin Chronicle.
Draper is the author of Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush, a chronicle of the Bush administration from 2001 to 2007. The New York Times reviewed the book, writing that it gives "the reader an intimate sense of the president’s personality and how it informs his decision making." He has also written for Rolling Stone Magazine: The Uncensored History, and a novel, Hadrian's Walls, published in 1999, which The New York Times called "deft and occasionally ingenious."
In April 2012, Draper published Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives, which the Huffington Post described as "much-discussed and heavily-reported." Writing in the Wall Street Journal, ABC News senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl called the book "a refreshingly balanced account that captures the drama of one of Congress's most combative and maddeningly frustrating years in memory."
- Rolling stone magazine: the uncensored history, Doubleday, 1990, ISBN 9780385260602
- Hadrian's walls, Knopf, 1999, ISBN 9780375403699
- Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush. Free Press. 25 March 2008. ISBN 978-0-7432-7729-7.
- Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives. Free Press. 24 April 2012. pp. 331–. ISBN 978-1-4516-4208-7.
- When the Tea Party Came to Town: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives' Most Combative, Dysfunctional, and Infuriating Term in Modern History. Simon & Schuster. 21 May 2013. pp. 335–. ISBN 978-1-4516-4209-4.
- "Robert Draper - Watch Robert Draper Videos and Clips | VideoSurf Video Search". Retrieved 26 April 2012.
- Clay Smith, "Writer-at-Large," The Austin Chronicle, May 14, 1999.
- Kakutani, Michiko (September 5, 2007). "Bush Profiled: Big Ideas, Tiny Details". New York Times.
- Sara Mosle, "Local Justice," The New York Times book Review, June 13, 1999.
- "Robert Draper Book: GOP's Anti-Obama Campaign Started Night Of Inauguration," April 25, 2012.
- Jonathan Karl, "Book Review: Do Not Ask What Good We Do—Partisan, and Proud of It," April 24, 2012.
- Robert Draper Profile in the Austin Chronicle: " Writer at Large," May 14, 1999
- Jonathan Karl in The Wall Street Journal on Do Not Ask What Good We Do
- "Author Had Rare Access to Bush for 'Dead Certain' ". NPR Sep. 4, 2007.
- "Kathleen Parker Fetes 'Brash' Author in Georgetown Home, Hems and Haws about Eliot Spitzer". "Mediabistro" May 2, 2012.