Robert Asahina is the author of Just Americans (Gotham Books/Penguin, 2006), named by the Washington Post Book World as among the best nonfiction/history books of 2006.

He edited best sellers by Allan Bloom (The Closing of the American Mind), William Bennett (The Book of Virtues), Stephen R. Covey (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People), Maria Shriver (What’s Heaven?), Susan Powter (Stop the Insanity!), and Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero), as well as critically acclaimed books by Walter Berns, Edward Jay Epstein, George Gilder, Samuel P. Huntington, Edward Luttwak, Jim Miller, Marvin Minsky, Ben Wattenberg, and James Q. Wilson and Richard J. Herrnstein.

He was a Deputy Managing Editor of The New York Sun, responsible for the arts section, which earned the following praise:


Extraordinary critics…. For every New Yorker who cares about museums, it has become essential reading.”

— Philippe de Montebello, Former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and co-host of Channel 13’s “Sunday Arts”


The cultural section of the paper has become one of the most important and informed sources of information about the arts in the City.”

— Glenn Lowry, Director of the Museum of Modern Art


There is no paper that has an arts section that goes anywhere near on a daily basis what the Sun has. I would bet that in America, there may be no other daily paper in American journalistic history that has an art section like The New York Sun.”

— Nat Hentoff, Village Voice

He has been Senior Vice President, Deputy Publisher, and Editor in Chief of Broadway Books; President and Publisher of the Adult Publishing Group of Golden Books; and a Vice President and Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program at New York University; an editor at George, Harper’sThe New York Times Book Review, GEO, and The Public Interest; a film critic for The New Leader and The American Spectator, and a theater critic for The Hudson Review. His articles and reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Art International, Yale Theater, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, and other periodicals.

He has also been a consultant on enterprise data management and strategy at Freddie Mac and editor of the 4% Growth Project website.

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