May 17, 2021

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Book Night – An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen

Please join us for a Book Night with veteran journalist Peter L. W. Osnos to discuss his memoir, An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen. John Darnton, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and novelist who worked over 40 years for The New York Times, will lead the discussion.

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An Especially Good View spans a half century in journalism and publishing, reflecting on a life that began during World War II in India where Osnos 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.

At Random House and the company he founded, PublicAffairs, he was responsible for books by four presidents -Carter, Clinton, Obama and Trump; celebrated Washington figures including Robert McNamara, House Speaker Tip O’Neill and Vernon Jordan, first ladies Rosalynn Carter and Nancy Reagan; Russian President Boris Yeltsin; the billionaire George Soros; basketball superstars Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Magic Johnson; and journalists including Sam Donaldson, Meg Greenfield, Don Hewitt, Molly Ivins, Ward Just, Brian Lamb, Jim Lehrer, Roger Mudd, Andy Rooney and Morley Safer.

An Especially Good View is published by Platform Books, a new imprint established by Osnos and his wife, Susan Sherer Osnos.