- Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan is a
journalistand contributor to "Slate" magazine. His "War Stories" column covers international relationsand US foreign policy, with a particular focus on criticism of the Bush Administration, and major related geopolitical issues.
Kaplan is a native of Hutchinson, Kansas, and graduated from
Oberlin Collegeand has a Ph.D.in political sciencefrom MIT. In the late 1970s, he was the foreign and defense policy adviser to Congressman Les Aspin. Prior to writing for "Slate", Kaplan was a correspondentat the " Boston Globe", reporting from Washington DC, Moscow, and New York City. He was a member of a team that won a Pulitzer Prizefor a special Sunday "Boston Globe Magazine" on the U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms race. His 1983 book on the men who invented nuclear strategy, "The Wizards of Armageddon", won the " Washington Monthly" Political Book of the Year award.
He has also written for other publications, including "
The New York Times", " The Atlantic Monthly", " The New Yorker", and " Scientific American".
In early 2008 he published "Daydream Believers" [http://www.amazon.com/dp/0470121181] , which discusses the Bush Administration's use of
Cold Wartactics in post 9/11actions. In the book he explores why the administration has pursued policies he believes to be unilateral action and pre-emptive warfare.
Kaplan is an enthusiast of high-end audio and video equipment, and has reported from the
Consumer Electronics Showon new technologies in this area, [http://www.slate.com/id/2093615/entry/2093636/] as well as penning shopping-advice columns on what sorts of new TVs offer the best value. [http://www.slate.com/id/2126799/]
He often writes about jazz and hi-fi equipment for "Stereophile".
He lives in
Brooklynwith his wife, Brooke Gladstone--a journalist at NPRwho co-hosts the weekend show " On the Media"--and their two daughters.
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