Robert M. Poole

Robert M. Poole is the bestselling author of On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery, praised by the Wall Street Journal, as “graceful and dignified” and by the Economist as “engaging history.” “Poole succeeds grandly in telling the story of Arlington,” says the Washington Post, which named On Hallowed Ground as one of the best books of the year.

Poole is an editor and writer whose assignments for Smithsonian and National Geographic have taken him around the world. A native of North Carolina and a veteran journalist who has covered presidential elections, Congress, and the White House, his stories have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Smithsonian and National Geographic. In 2001 he retired as executive editor of National Geographic after a 21 year career. He is the author of Explorers House: National Geographic and the World It Made, published by the Penguin Press. He still writes for National Geographic and is a contributing editor at Smithsonian. He lives in Virginia.

[author's photo credited to Sam Abell]

Published work

Section 60: Where War Comes Home (Forthcoming, Walker & Co.); On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery (Walker & Co., Oct. 2009); Explorers House: National Geographic and the World It Made (Penguin Press, Oct. 2004)


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Find below reviews of On Hallowed Ground:The Story of Arlington National Cemetery:

- "Arlington Cemetery, Hope Eternal"; The Economist

- "Grave Matters: The surprising origins and enduring importance of Arlington National Cemetery"; The Wall Street Journal

- "Our Honored Dead, Our Flawed History"; The Washington Post

- "Sen. Kennedy Joins Brothers at Arlington"; CBS Evening News

- "Arlington National Cemetery, Alive With History in New Book"; USA Today

- "Hallowed Ground: A Final Resting Place at Arlington"; NPR, Talk of the Nation

- "Understanding Arlington Cemetery"; BBC