Robert M. Poole


Robert M. Poole.Robert M. Poole, former executive editor of National Geographic and author of On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery, was interviewed for BookCast by Fairfax County Public Library Director Sam Clay. BookCast is sponsored by Dominion Resources through the Fairfax Library Foundation.

Robert Poole was a writer and editor for National Geographic for more than two decades, retiring as executive editor in 2001. He has also written for Preservation, The New York Times, the Washington Post and Smithsonian, where he is a contributing editor. He is the author of Explorer’s House, a history of National Geographic’s founding family, as well as On Hallowed Ground.

“Vivid, compelling, filled with rich and unexpected detail, On Hallowed Ground, tells the little-understood story of Arlington National Cemetery and in the process chronicles how we have honored—and sometimes dishonored—those who gambled everything on our behalf. Robert M. Poole is a fine storyteller and this is a great story.” –Geoffrey C. Ward, author of The Civil War and The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945

Smithsonian Magazine interview

Author's Web site


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