Peter Allen Golden

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Peter Golden
Born1953 (age 65–66)
Newark, New Jersey, United States
OccupationAuthor, historian, journalist, blogger

Peter Allen Golden (born 1953 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American author, historian, journalist, and blogger. He is the author of 6 full-length works of non-fiction and fiction, and five books of interactive fiction. He is best known for his writings on the Cold War and his interviews with World Leaders.


Golden was born in Newark, New Jersey to Jewish parents. He lived in Stuyvesant Village in Union, New Jersey. He moved to South Orange, New Jersey in 1954,where he attended Clinton School and South Orange Junior High School then moved to Maplewood and graduated from Columbia High School. He attended Ohio University for two years then transferred to SUNY Albany, where he graduated with a BA in Philosophy in 1975.[1]

He is married to Annis Golden, a communication professor at University at Albany. He has one son, Ben Golden.[1][2] He served as a Board of Education Member in the Guilderland Central School District.[3]

Nonfiction writing[edit]

In his 1992 book Quiet Diplomat, Golden described how, in 1975, U.S. President Gerald Ford and U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger asked industrialist and political insider Max Fisher to help heal a diplomatic rift between the United States and Israel over relations with Egypt.[4] He also reported on a 1965 visit Fisher made to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Gettysburg farm during which Eisenhower told him that he regretted pushing Israel to pull out of the Sinai. This fact was essentially unknown to historians until Golden wrote about it, and Fisher’s claim was backed up by President Richard Nixon, who during his interview with Golden said: “Eisenhower. . . in the 1960s told me—and I am sure he told others—that he thought the action that was taken [at Suez] was a mistake.”[5][6]

In 2000, Golden co-wrote a memoir called I Rest My Case, chronicling the life of J. Stanley Shaw, one of the preeminent bankruptcy attorneys in the United States.[7]

Some of his writings have appeared in Detroit Free Press Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, Microsoft eDirections, Beyond Computing, The Forward, and Capital Magazine.[8][9]

His blog, titled Boardside: Dispatches from the Education Wars, was a provocative online diary that chronicled his experiences serving as a Board of Education member in the Guilderland Central School District in Upstate New York. According to the Times Union (Albany), New York State School Boards Association spokeswoman Barbara Bradley said that school board members are within their rights to create blogs like Golden's, and, although she was not aware of any others in New York state in the year 2007, she expected many more in the future.[3]

For Quiet Diplomat and O Powerful Western Star, Golden interviewed the following notable world leaders:[2]

His history of the Cold War titled O Powerful Western Star was scheduled to be published in fall 2011.[10]

Fiction writing[edit]

In the 1980s, Golden wrote five interactive fiction novels for computers as part of a joint venture between Imagic and Bantam called the Living Literature series. His first interactive computer novel, Another Bow, was a Sherlock Holmes mystery set aboard the S.S. Destiny and was a Waldenbooks best-seller for many weeks.[8]

In March 2011, Comeback Love was purchased for publication by Atria books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. It was published in early 2012.[11]

His novel Wherever There is Light was scheduled to be published on Nov. 2, 2015 by Atria books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.[12]

Reactions and criticisms[edit]

Writing for 'Commentary' magazine, Leonard Garment, former special counsel to President Richard Nixon, described Golden's Quiet Diplomat as a “meticulously researched and gracefully written book” that “gives us a concrete view of the emergence of American Jews into the mainstream of national politics since World War II.”[13]

Writing for The Jerusalem Report, J.J. Goldberg called Golden’s Quiet Diplomat “a disturbing, challenging book. It suggests, without answering, a wide range of questions about the relationship between the American Jewish community and its ‘leadership,’ and between the Diaspora community and the state of Israel. What is the Jewish community’s role in U.S.-Israel relations? Can Israel trust representatives over whom it has no control? Whom do these “Jewish leaders” represent? In the end, Fisher and [Peter Golden] leave their readers free to draw their own conclusions.”[14]

Criticizing Golden’s Boardside blog, the late[15] John Dornbush, then serving as Guilderland Central School District Board of Education Vice President, told the Times Union (Albany) that the website was inappropriate and that “It shows a lack of respect for others on the board.” On the other hand, Board member Barbara Fraterrigo told the same reporter that Golden's blog is a reflection of free speech in the modern age and is another means to give the public information. New York State School Boards Association spokeswoman Barbara Bradley also told the same reporter that "School board members have a right to speak as individuals" and "This is another vehicle for them."[3]

Awards honors[edit]

In 1989 Golden won the New York State Bar Association’s Media Award for a critical profile he wrote of Judge Joseph Harris.[16]



  • Quiet Diplomat: A Biography of Max M. Fisher (1992)
  • I Rest My Case: My Long Journey from the Castle on the Hill to Home A Memoir by J Stanley Shaw with Peter Golden (2000)
  • Shoshanna (2009)
  • O Powerful Western Star (2012)[10]


  • Comeback Love (2012)
  • Wherever There is Love (Scheduled 2015)[12]

Interactive fiction

  • Another Bow (1985)


  1. ^ a b Smith, Bea. "Author has written his first love story" Worrall Community Newspapers, Dec. 2, 2010 (Reprinted on Author's Website Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine ) Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Worrall" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b Grondahl, Paul. "Author Explores World of Private Diplomacy" Times Union (Albany), Page H6 June. 21, 1992
  3. ^ a b c Waldman, Scott. "An insider's view of a school board: Blog gives Guilderland's Peter Golden a platform to comment on education" Times Union (Albany), Page C1 July. 8, 2007 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "ScottWaldmanTU" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ "Max Fisher, 96, Philanthropist And Adviser to Presidents, Dies" The Associated Press (in The New York Times) March 4, 2005
  5. ^ Lerner, Dr. Joseph "Eisenhower Regretted He Pushed for Sinai Withdrawal" Independent Media Review Analysis June 8, 2007
  6. ^ Lerner, Dr. Joseph "Pres. Eisenhower regretted he pushed Israel to pull from Sinai" Israel Behind The News March 4, 2005
  7. ^ Richardson, Clem "Orphaned at 3, He's Dedicated Life to Helping Others"[permanent dead link] The Daily News (New York) March 4, 2005
  8. ^ a b "Albany Author Puts Computer User Inside" Times Union (Albany) Page C1 May 21, 1987 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "EdelmanTU" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  9. ^ Golden, Peter. "Peter Golden Home Page". Peter Golden. Retrieved 2011-02-07.
  10. ^ a b Connally, Siobhan. "Five Questions for Jan. 18, 2011: Peter Golden" The Record (Troy), Jan 18, 2011
  11. ^ "Publishers Marketplace: Dealmaker: Susan Golomb (Agent)" Publisher’s Marketplace March 10, 2011
  12. ^ a b Simon & Schuster. Simon & Schuster Retrieved 26 June 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ Garment, Leonard. "Mediator"[permanent dead link] Commentary Feb. 1993. P 58 - 61. (Reprinted on Author's Website Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine )
  14. ^ Goldberg, J.J. “Fisher’s Tale” The Jerusalem Report Sep 24, 1992 pp. 46.
  15. ^ Stanforth, Lauren "School Boards Differ on Filling Seats" Times Union (Albany), Aug. 24, 2009
  16. ^ New York State Bar Association. "1988 Media Awards Dinner Program". New York State Bar Association. Retrieved 2011-02-09.[permanent dead link]

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