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David E. Hoffman is an editor at The Washington Post and has been a journalist for 30 years. He came to Washington in 1977 to cover Congress and later served as the Washington correspondent for the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury-News. He covered Ronald Reagan's campaign for the presidency in 1980 and was national economics correspondent for Knight-Ridder Newspapers. In 1982 he joined The Washington Post to cover the Reagan presidency. As a White House correspondent, he covered the major U.S.-Soviet summits of the Reagan years, including Geneva and Reykjavik, as well as domestic policy and politics. After Reagan left office, he covered the George H.W. Bush presidency. Later, he was diplomatic correspondent during the period when the Soviet Union collapsed and then served as Jerusalem correspondent, covering the Oslo peace accords. From 1995 to 2001, he served as Moscow bureau chief. His first book, based on reporting in Moscow, was "The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia." On returning to Washington in 2001, he was foreign editor and then assistant managing editor for foreign news, managing the Post's foreign service until 2009. His current book is "The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy" (Doubleday). He lives in Maryland.

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David E. Hoffman

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