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Evan Osnos
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New Yorker staff writer and National Book Award-winning author Evan Osnos specializes in politics and foreign affairs, spanning the U.S., the Middle East, East Asia and China. He won the National Book Award in 2014 for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China.

Osnos has covered pressing American concerns, from modern conservatism and gun control, to the Flint Water Crisis and the 2016 presidential election. He forecasted the implications of a Trump presidency in his extensive New Yorker piece, President Trump’s First Termone of the magazine's most-read articles of the year

Co-author of the lead story, Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War, about Russia’s interference in the election, Osnos also wrote the cover story The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea. Traveling to Pyongyang, North Korea for rare interviews with government officials, Osnos discussed their view of the Trump Administration and the prospect of war with the United States.

Based on his eight years living in Beijing, Age of Ambition is a multi-layered look at the rise of the individual in China and the clash between aspiration and authoritarianism. A Pulitzer Prize-finalist, Age of Ambition was called “a splendid and entertaining picture of 21st-century China” by The Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post wrote that “Osnos has portrayed and explained…this new China better than any other writer from the West or the East.”

In 2003, Osnos embedded himself with the US Marines during the invasion of Iraq and spent two years as the Chicago Tribune’s Middle East Correspondent. His piece “The Fallout,” about the events and aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, won a 2012 Overseas Press Club Award.

Prior to joining The New Yorker, Osnos worked as the Beijing Bureau Chief for the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to a series on the global trade in unsafe imports that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He was the 2007 recipient of the Livingston Award, the nation’s leading prize for young journalists, and the Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia.

Osnos graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. A Fellow at the Brookings Institution, he is a contributor on This American Life and Frontline, and has made numerous appearances on Charlie Rose, Morning Joe, and Fareed Zakaria GPS.

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  • The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea (2017)
  • China sees period of 'strategic opportunity' (2018)
  • What a Trump presidency would look like (2016)
  • What we know about Russian meddling and Putin’s playbook (2017)
  • Morning Joe: Osnos on "Age of Ambition" (2014)
  • Osnos discusses his cover story on China President Xi Jinpeng (2015)
  • Why China can't do Gangnam Style (2012)
  • Osnos shows the new face of China (2014)
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A fast-paced analytical tour from the frontline of the hardest foreign-policy problem in the world.

What’s it really like in a country that the Pentagon now considers the greatest threat to the United States? How do North Korean government officials view the Trump Administration and the prospect of a war with America? How do they calculate the costs and the risks? Moreover, how do top decision-makers in the U.S. Government assess the greatest nuclear standoff since the Cold War? What option are they most likely to take to solve it?

In August, at a moment of acute confrontation, The New Yorker staff writer and National Book Award-winning author Evan Osnos visited Pyongyang for rare interviews with government officials in charge of relations with the U.S. They discussed North Korea’s perception of President Trump and their thinking about nuclear brinkmanship. Osnos also visited Seoul, Beijing, and Washington to furnish a portrait of two countries on the brink, and to chart a path toward peace. He discovered that new ideas are shaking up a problem that has been locked, for decades, in old patterns of thinking, as seen in his New Yorker piece “The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea.” 

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Age of Ambition: Truth, Faith, and Fortune in China

For China, it is a time of transition and transformation. From the country’s thriving and evolving economy to the relationship between the Chinese government and its people to the perception of the nation around the globe, Age of Ambition tracks China as it continues its upward trajectory as global superpower and what that means for everyone. Using his years of experience as the New Yorker’s Beijing correspondent, Evan Osnos shares his 360-degree perspective of the most talked about country in the world.

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America in the Age of Trump: Who Are We, Who Will We Become?

What does the biggest upset in American presidential history reveal about the American people? Does Donald Trump’s win represent a swing of the pendulum – or a new phase for politics, trade, and American security? 

Long before Trump won the presidency, when his candidacy was largely dismissed, The New Yorker staff writer and National Book Award-winning author Evan Osnos crisscrossed the country to compose an in-depth account of Trump’s insurgency, an article that set the agenda and revealed epic implications for wealth, race, and power. Writing with perspective and analysis from 18 years of reporting around the world, Osnos has authored many of The New Yorker’s most widely-read examinations of America in the age of Trump. In this speech, Osnos examines how the Trump administration will impact America and the world, from families and companies, to healthcare and tax reform, environmental policy, immigration, and foreign policy. 

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The China Balance Sheet: Risks and Rewards of Doing Business in China
The China-America Paradox

Are the world’s two most powerful nations on a collision course, or can we find common ground? Who will be the winners and losers of a multi-polar world? An investigation, from China’s capital, of the flashpoints and prospects for cooperation in the world’s most important relationship.

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The Ripple Effect: How Politics Affect Us All

There is more to politics than what happens on Capitol Hill. Every piece of legislation and every policy have a human consequence, a side to the story that often gets ignored. That’s where Evan Osnos comes in. 

Osnos brings his unique brand of investigative journalism stateside as The New Yorker’s Washington correspondent. He finds the everyday citizens affected by big political decisions, telling the story from the ground up. From political in-fighting to chemical spills, he reports the news from all angles, particularly those who have to live with the ramifications. In the “The Ripple Effect,” Evan Osnos connects readers at home to very real people in his stories.  

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What Do They Want: Decoding The World’s Largest Middle Class

A deep dive into the ambitions, tastes, and values of the men and women at the heart of China’s rise. They are consumers, students, and parents; nationalists and liberals and libertarians; Christians, Communists, and Taoists — China’s wildly diverse middle class will grow from 300 million to 800 million by 2025. How will they remake our world?

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Beyond The Beat: Writing At Home And Abroad

Evan Osnos draws on an award-winning career in magazines, newspapers, and in online and broadcast media. He offers lessons on balancing personal narratives with reporting from some of the world’s most difficult environments, accessing the best publications, structuring narratives, and connecting the world outside with readers at home. Suited for university students, media professionals, or anyone interested in the telling of stories.

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The Power and the People: China’s Politics in Transition

Two years after taking office, President Xi Jinping is altering the physics of power at China’s highest levels; he is consolidating authority, forsaking consensus, and redrawing the rules of decision-making. At the same time, a rising middle-class generation is increasing calls to confront Japan and, if necessary, the United States. What is driving the new leaders? How far can they go on economic reform? What are we getting wrong when we analyze these elements from far away? A ground-level view from Beijing and Washington. 

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Books & Other Works
  • Age of Ambition
  • The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea
  • Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War
“Evan was terrific! What a lovely human being (and uber smart) – so generous with his time & attention to people. He was a true pleasure to work with.”
Newport Beach Public Library
“He was every bit as amazing as you suggested...It was absolutely incredible to have him here with us for such a special weekend. He was certainly a home run and most timely. Certainly he provided us hope for democracy in the world, which is not easy to do. Thanks for the excellent recommendation and continued support. ”
St. Timothy's School
“Absolutely stunning. He was fantastic.”
ASIS International
“It was great. We had a big turnout and fabulous feedback about his talk. It was thought-provoking, inspiring and insightful.”
University of Pennsylvania
“A great success!! Evan was just what our students and staff needed--bright, engaging, full of passion for what he's doing, and a thoroughly engaging person. He was still surrounded by students when I left around 9pm!”
Florida State College
“In addition to being a fine writer, Evan Osnos turns out to be an exceptional speaker. He covered the wide scope of China's 'Age of Ambition' in a lecture that passed by so quickly I thought my watch had stopped. He is also a warm and witty person, and freely shared his insights and opinions with a broad cross-section of our community. Students, faculty, staff, trustees, and other friends of Randolph-Macon all came away with the impression that they had met someone truly special.”
Ralph-Macon College
“His talk was excellent: he is extremely articulate, observant, and conveys his knowledge in an accessible, engaging way. His responses to questions and comments were penetrating and insightful. He was very patient both before and after the program in signing copies of his book and talking individually with members of the audience. Evan knows how to tailor his remarks to his audience. I would recommend him highly to any group interested in learning about the real, every day China. He also has a sense of history that illuminates his understanding of the present.”
National Committee On U.S.–China Relations
“He was fabulous…. He was not only a great speaker with a timely and informative presentation, but he was also a perfect guest! His insights about China prompted a multitude of questions at the luncheon following the lecture. His winning of the National Book Award for non-fiction is so well deserved!”
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