David E. Hoffman covered foreign affairs, national politics, economics, and served as an editor at the Washington Post for 27 years.
He was a White House correspondent during the Reagan years and the presidency of George H. W. Bush, and covered the State Department when James A. Baker III was secretary. He was bureau chief in Jerusalem at the time of the 1993 Oslo peace accords, and served six years as Moscow bureau chief, covering the tumultuous Yeltsin era. On returning to Washington in 2001, he became foreign editor and then, in 2005, assistant managing editor for foreign news.
His latest book is The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy (Doubleday, 2009). The book tells the story of the tense final years of the Cold War arms race and the struggle to secure the weapons left behind after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Dead Hand won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction.
Hoffman also wrote The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia (PublicAffairs, 2002) about the rise of the Russian tycoons in the 1990s. An updated edition was recently published.
David E. Hoffman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a contributing editor to Foreign Policy.