An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen


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Platform Books, LLC
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6.1 X 9.2 X 1.5 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author

Peter L.W. Osnos was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) India on October 13, 1943. He arrived in Los Angeles by ship with his parents and brother in February 1944. He was raised in New York and attended high school in Connecticut, college at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and graduate school at Columbia University. He worked as an assistant to the journalist I.F. Stone and joined the Washington Post in 1966. At the Post, Osnos served as a correspondent in Vietnam, the Soviet Union, and London. He was also the national and foreign editor. In 1984, Osnos joined Random House as a senior editor and later associate publisher as well as publisher of the Times Books imprint. In 1997, he founded PublicAffairs in partnership with the Perseus Books Group and served as publisher and editor at large until 2020. He was the founder of the Caravan Project on the development of digital and audio publishing, author of a weekly media column called Platform which was hosted by the Century Foundation and appeared on and in 2020, launched Platform Books LLC with his wife, Susan Sherer Osnos.

The first book will be An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen to be released in June, 2021. It is Osnos' memoir to be distributed by Two Rivers/Ingram. He is the father of two children, Evan Osnos and Katherine Sanford, and grandfather of five. He and his wife now live in New York City and Lakeside, Michigan.


To Peter Osnos: It's all your fault. -Paul Volcker, former Federal Reserve Chair, in his memoir Keeping At It

[It's been a] four-decade criminal conspiracy.... One arrest, one near arrest, stacks of KGB files, and now four books. -Natan Sharansky, acknowledgement to Peter Osnos in Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People

To Peter Osnos: Our publisher, editor, referee, and friend. -Jimmy Carter, inscription in his book Always a Reckoning and Other Poems

Never Trust an Editor. Never Trust an Editor. Never Trust an Editor. -Edna Buchanan, author of The Corpse Had a Familiar Face, sign above her typewriter

"It's clear the book was a labor of love... Much of the memoir's charm comes from Osnos' candor and energy, and he concludes with a deeply personal retrospective of thought, grateful reflection, and pictorial extras that both seasoned and aspiring journalists will appreciate. The meticulously detailed, inspiring journey of an American news reporter and publisher." --Kirkus Reviews