Tim Weiner

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Tim Weiner
Weiner in 2012
Weiner in 2012
Born (1956-06-20) June 20, 1956 (age 67)
White Plains, New York, U.S.
Occupationjournalist, author
Alma materColumbia University (BA, MS)
GenreHistory, biography, non-fiction
SubjectEspionage, national security, United States foreign policy
Notable worksLegacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Notable awardsNational Book Award in Nonfiction
Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting

Tim Weiner (born June 20, 1956) is an American reporter and author. He is the author of five books and co-author of a sixth, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize[1] and National Book Award.[2]


Weiner graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in history and from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He worked for The New York Times from 1993 to 2009 as a foreign correspondent in Mexico, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan and as a national security correspondent in Washington, DC.[3]

Weiner won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting as an investigative reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, for his articles on the black budget spending at the Pentagon and the CIA.[1] His book Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget is based on that newspaper series.

He won the National Book Award in Nonfiction for his 2007 book Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA.[2]

In 2012, Weiner published Enemies: A History of the FBI, which traces the history of the FBI's secret intelligence operations from the bureau's creation in the early 20th century through its ongoing role in the war on terrorism.

His latest book, The Folly and the Glory: America, Russia, and Political Warfare, 1945–2020, was published in 2020. Among other things it describes how the CIA helped Joseph Mobutu as a reliable anti-communist in Congo, or how Ronald Reagan's encounter with Pope John Paul II led to a covert program to support the Polish Solidarity movement. Timothy Naftali cautions that Weiner may be overstating Putin's influence on the 2016 Presidential elections: "The Trump phenomenon, which the Russians abetted but did not create, emerged from a broken nation."[4] This is also the assessment of Rajan Menon who, in his review for The New York Times, furthermore contends that he found no evidence supporting Weiner's suggestion that NATO expansion toward the Russian border in the 1990s sprang from the mind of Anthony Lake.[5]


External videos
video icon Booknotes interview with Weiner on Blank Check, October 1, 1990, C-SPAN
video icon After Words interview with Weiner on Legacy of Ashes, July 14, 2007, C-SPAN
video icon Q&A interview with Weiner about Enemies, March 11, 2012, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Weiner on One Man Against the World, July 30, 2015, C-SPAN
  • Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget. Warner Books, 1990. ISBN 978-0446514521. Based on a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning articles.[6]
  • Betrayal: The Story of Aldrich Ames, an American Spy, with Neil A. Lewis & David Johnston. Random House, 1995. ISBN 978-0679440505.
  • Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. Anchor Books, 2008. ISBN 978-0307389008.
  • Enemies: A History of the FBI. Random House, 2012. ISBN 978-1400067480.
  • One Man Against The World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon. Macmillan, 2015. ISBN 978-1627790833.
  • The Folly and the Glory: America, Russia, and Political Warfare, 1945–2020. Henry Holt and Company, 2020. ISBN 978-1627790864.


  1. ^ a b "Tim Weiner of The Philadelphia Inquirer." The 1988 Pulitzer Prize Winner in National Reporting. The Pulitzer Prizes. Archived from the original.
    "For his series of reports on a secret Pentagon budget used by the government to sponsor defense research and an arms buildup."
  2. ^ a b "National Book Awards – 2007". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
    (With acceptance speech by Weiner and interview.)
  3. ^ Doyle, Jessica B. "About Tim Weiner". Tim Weiner. Random House Speakers Bureau. Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "Review | The 75-year political war between the United States and Russia". The Washington Post. October 22, 2020. Archived from the original on March 29, 2021.
  5. ^ Menon, Rajan (September 22, 2020). "The Rivalry That Forged the Cold War". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 31, 2023.
  6. ^ Booknotes interview with Tim Weiner on Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget. C-SPAN, October 1, 1990. Archived from the original

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