Robert Boynton

Robert S. Boynton is the director of the graduate magazine journalism program at New York University. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of The New New Journalism: Conversations With America's Best Non-Fiction Writers on Their Craft.

Recent Articles

The Neocon Who Isn't

On a Saturday in January 2003, as the Iraq War approached, the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment convened a meeting in a nondescript building in Arlington, Virginia, with three dozen of Washington's top conservative policy intellectuals. Using an information-gathering technique dating back to the Eisenhower administration, the office asked four groups to study the long-term threat the United States faced from international terrorism and to report back to Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. One of the groups was led by Francis Fukuyama, a professor at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), best known as the author of The End of History and the Last Man , the international bestseller that led British political philosopher John Gray to dub Fukuyama “[the] court philosopher of global capitalism.” The relationship between Fukuyama and Wolfowitz went back 35 years, to when Fukuyama was a Cornell undergraduate and Wolfowitz, then a Yale political-science...

The Neocon Who Isn't

On a Saturday in January 2003, as the Iraq War approached, the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment convened a meeting in a nondescript building in Arlington, Virginia, with three dozen of Washington's top conservative policy intellectuals. Using an information-gathering technique dating back to the Eisenhower administration, the office asked four groups to study the long-term threat the United States faced from international terrorism and to report back to Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. One of the groups was led by Francis Fukuyama, a professor at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), best known as the author of The End of History and the Last Man , the international bestseller that led British political philosopher John Gray to dub Fukuyama “[the] court philosopher of global capitalism.” The relationship between Fukuyama and Wolfowitz went back 35 years, to when Fukuyama was a Cornell undergraduate and Wolfowitz, then a Yale political-science...