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He graduated from the United States Naval Academy where he obtained a degree in engineering, studied at the Institut des Sciences Politiques in Paris as a Fulbright scholar, and did graduate work at Harvard.
Grenier started his career as a reporter for Agence France-Presse in Paris. He reported from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, and the Caribbean. While living in New York, he worked as a broadcaster on cultural issues for PBS and later worked as a correspondent for the New York Times.
He is particularly known for his review on the critically acclaimed film, "Gandhi", involving scathing attacks on Gandhi and India. The review was itself criticized by Jason DeParle in a successive issue of The Washington Monthly. Grenier served as a columnist at the Washington Times from 1985-1999 where he wrote about foreign affairs, national politics and culture. Grenier worked as a film critic for Commentary magazine where he wrote columns that were published by WorldNetDaily.com.
Grenier was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Harvard Club.
Grenier wrote two novels, Yes and Back Again (1967) and The Marrakesh One-Two (1983), and a collection of essays, Capturing the Culture: Film, Art and Politics (1991).
Grenier was married to his wife Cynthia Grenier. He was the brother of Robert Grenier and Barbara Applebaum.
Grenier died on January 29, 2002 from a heart attack at the age of 68. He passed away at his home in Washington while watching President Bush's State of the Union address.
- "Richard Grenier, Lieutenant, United States Navy". Arlington Cemetery. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
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- "Richard Grenier Obituary: View Richard Grenier's Obituary by The Washington Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- Arlington Cemetery page on Grenier
- "The Gandhi Nobody Knows," by Richard Grenier; Commentary, March 1983.
- Review of The Marrakesh One-Two in The New York Times.
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