An Especially Good View

By Peter L. W. Osnos

Peter Osnos vividly portrays a lifetime of historic events and encounters dating from the Holocaust to the present day. It is a reported memoir spanning Osnos’ half century in journalism and publishing, as well as personal insights and reflections in a life that began during World War II in India where he was born. As a journalist Osnos worked for the legendary I.F. Stone and was a correspondent for The Washington Post covering the war in Vietnam and the Soviet Union in the Cold War era. He was also the Post’s foreign and national editor. He then spent 12 years at Random House as an editor and publisher before founding PublicAffairs in 1997. He explores the world of books and the evolution of publishing over his years at Random House and the Perseus Books Group, where PublicAffairs was a partner until it was acquired by Hachette Book Group in 2016.

Among the other authors Osnos has published and/or edited are —Rosalynn Carter, Clark Clifford, Paul Farmer, Earvin (Magic) Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Sam Donaldson, Annette Gordon Reed, Meg Greenfield, Dorothy Height, Don Hewitt, Molly Ivins, Vernon Jordan, Ward Just, Stanley Karnow, Wendy Kopp, Brian Lamb, Jim Lehrer, Scott McClellan, Robert McNamara, Peggy Noonan, William Novak, Roger Mudd, Speaker of the House Thomas P. (Tip) O’Neill, Nancy Reagan, Andy Rooney, Morley Safer, Natan Sharansky, George Soros, Susan Swain, Paul Volcker, Boris Yeltsin, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, as well as journalists from America’s leading publications and prominent scholars.

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