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Tom  Ricks

Tom Ricks

Senior Advisor for National Security, The New America Foundation & Contributing Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine


Thomas Ricks is a visiting fellow in history at Bowdoin College in Maine. He currently is writing a study of how the first four presidents (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison) were educated, and how that deeply affected our national history. The book, titled First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country, was published by Harper Collins in November 2020. His previous book was Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom. Read More >

Before becoming a full-time author, Ricks was a war correspondent. He covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. Until the end of 1999 he had the same beat at the Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for 17 years. He reported on U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq. He was part of a Wall Street Journal team that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2000 for a series of articles on how the U.S. military might change to meet the new demands of the 21st century. Ricks also was part of a Washington Post team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for reporting about the beginning of the U.S. counteroffensive against terrorism. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Tom Ricks in the Situation Room

Speech Topics

What Would the Founding Fathers Say About America Today?

Was George Washington a Military Genius? (Yes, or Pretty Close to One)

Why America Probably Will Lose Its Next War

What Liberals Can Learn from Churchill & What Conservatives Can Learn from Orwell