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Peter Osnos
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Peter Osnos is the Founder and Editor-at-Large of PublicAffairs books and a contributing correspondent to The Previously, he was Publisher of Random House's Times Books Division from 1991 to 1996 and before that was a Vice President and Associate Publisher of the Random House imprint. Authors he has worked with include President Barack Obama,  President Bill Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter, Rosalyn Carter, Nancy Reagan, former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, Boris Yeltsin, Paul Volcker, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Clark Clifford, Sam Donaldson, Morley Safer, Peggy Noonan, Molly Ivins, Stanley Karnow, Jim Lehrer, William Novak, Vassily Aksyonov, Robert  McNamara, Vernon Jordan, Brian Lamb, Mohammad Yunus, Wendy Kopp and Natan Sharansky and journalists from the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and the Economist.

Before entering book publishing, Osnos spent nearly twenty years at the Washington Post, where he was variously Indochina Bureau Chief, Moscow Correspondent, Foreign Editor, National Editor, and London Bureau Chief. He has been a commentator and host for National Public Radio and a contributor to publications including Foreign Affairs, the Atlantic, and the New Republic. He served as Chair of the Trade Division of the Association of American Publishers, Chair of Human Rights Watch Europe and Central Asia Committee and was a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch. He is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Columbia Journalism Review and was Executive Director of The Caravan Project, funded by the MacArthur Foundation and  Carnegie Corporation, based at TCF. A graduate of Brandeis University and the Columbia University School of Journalism, he lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife, Susan Osnos, who is a consultant for nonprofit organizations.

Blog of the Century Posts by Peter Osnos
Ben Bradlee: Everything an Editor Should Be
October 22, 2014
The True Subject of Errol Morris’s Donald Rumsfeld Doc: Smugness
April 9, 2014
How Pop Culture Is Re-Evaluating Lyndon B. Johnson’s Legacy
April 1, 2014
The Hits Keep Coming for “Legacy Media”—Surprised?
March 7, 2014
The Gates Doctrine: A New Precedent for Washington Memoirs
February 19, 2014
A Netflix for Books?
February 4, 2014
You Won’t Find E-mails in a Trunk in the Attic
January 23, 2014
How Masterpiece Stays Timeless
January 8, 2014
China and Russia Aren’t the Only Major Countries Repressing Journalism
December 17, 2013
Can Print Magazines Save Themselves?
December 11, 2013
How “Indie” Bookstores Survived (and Thrived)
December 3, 2013
Jeff Bezos and Pierre Omidyar: Our New-Media Media Moguls
October 30, 2013
Why Book Publishing’s Doomsayers Are So Wrong
October 16, 2013
These Journalists Spent Two Years and $750,000 Covering One Story
October 2, 2013
How Photographic Technology Shapes Our Understanding of War
September 19, 2013
The Triumph of the Tablet
September 4, 2013
Why Jeff Bezos and The Washington Post Could Be Good for Each Other
August 14, 2013
There Will Always Be a Place for Great Bookstores
July 24, 2013
How Amazon Became the King of Audiobooks
July 17, 2013
It’s Up to the Judge Now in Apple’s Big Anti-Trust Case
June 26, 2013
An Egyptian Journalist’s Nightmare
June 19, 2013
Optimism Among Book Publishers at BookExpo America
June 5, 2013
Publishing’s First Hackathon
May 22, 2013
Decades After the Pentagon Papers, the Press Is Still Under Assault
May 15, 2013
Smartphone Frenzy
May 8, 2013
The Incomparable Herblock, Up Close
May 1, 2013
Bookselling in Turmoil, Book Sales on the Rise
April 24, 2013
What Next for Hillary Rodham Clinton?
March 20, 2013
Using Moviemaking to Change the World, Both Inside Theaters and Out
March 6, 2013
The Enduring Myth of the “Free” Internet
February 27, 2013
Mr. Barofsky Goes to Washington (And Doesn’t Like What He Finds)
February 20, 2013
The Personal Case for Justice Sotomayor
February 13, 2013
The Endangered Fate of Barnes & Noble
February 6, 2013
The ‘Up’ Series: The Original, and Best, Reality Television
January 30, 2013
The Tribune Company Gets a New Lease On Life
January 23, 2013
What Andrew Sullivan’s Declaration of Independence Means for Publishing
January 9, 2013
In Praise of the New York Times
January 3, 2013
Ignore the Doomsayers: The Book Industry Is Actually Adapting Well
October 24, 2012
The Platform: Thomson Reuters vs. Bloomberg
September 21, 2011
Barack Obama and the Book Business
October 29, 2006
What is an Editor?
May 14, 2006
By Peter Osnos
Barack Obama’s Friendly-Fire Problem
October 3, 2014
The Hill She’ll Have to Climb
June 19, 2014
Can the Kindle Catch Fire?
October 10, 2013
The Good News About Books and Publishing
September 25, 2013
Why Jeff Bezos and The Washington Post Could Be Good for Each Other
August 14, 2013
Absorbing the Bezos-‘Post’ Deal
August 7, 2013
What’s future of Barnes & Noble after CEO exit?
July 11, 2013
The Growing Popularity Of Audio Books
January 30, 2013

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