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Andrew Bard Schmookler

A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Schmookler went on to earn his doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union in a program specially created to accommodate his comprehensive theory of cultural evolution.

Andrew Bard Schmookler is the author of the prize-winning book The Parable of the Tribes: The Problem of Power in Social Evolution (hardback from the University of California Press, 1984; paperback from Houghton Mifflin, 1986; second edition from SUNY Press, 1995), Out of Weakness: Healing the Wounds that Drive Us to War (Bantam Books, 1988), and Sowings and Reapings: The Cycling of Good and Evil in the Human System (Knowledge Systems, 1989). His most recent books are The Illusion of Choice: How the Market Economy Shapes Our Destiny (SUNY Press, 1993) and Fool's Gold: The Fate of Values in a World of Goods (Harper Collins, 1993).

Schmookler's commentaries on social and political issues appear regularly in the Christian Science Monitor, the Baltimore Sun, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has been a regular commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Living on Earth," and on Monitor Radio. He has appeared on such nationally broadcast programs as "The Jim Bohannon Show" and "New Dimensions Radio" to discuss his books. An interview with him was included in Bill Moyers' and Elie Wiesel's PBS television program, "Beyond Hate." In regular appearances on the nationally syndicated "Paul Gonzalez Show" and the regional "Mid-Day Show" from Harrisonburg, VA, Dr. Schmookler discusses with callers the cultural and moral issues now confronting the American people.

As a speaker, Schmookler has presented his ideas to audiences at such places as Harvard University, St. John's College in Annapolis, the University of Wisconsin, as Presidential Lecturer at the University of Montana and at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. He has also appeared as an invited speaker at conferences at Findhorn in Scotland, the Isthmus Institute in Dallas, the Institute for Noetic Sciences in Washington and New York, and the Harmonia Mundi Conference in California.

Dr. Schmookler has also worked as a consultant on transformation to major American corporations. He is a member of the "Global Problems and Opportunities Group" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. In 1985, Andrew Bard Schmookler was selected by Esquire Magazine as "one of the men and women under forty who are changing the nation."

He lives in the mountains of Virginia with his wife and three children. And can be reached via e-mail at