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Outsider in the White House
Authors Huck Gutman, Bernie Sanders, John Nichols
Country United States of America
Language English
Subject Bernie Sanders, Politics of the United States
Genre non-fiction
Publisher Verso Books
Publication date
1997; 2015
Pages 346
ISBN 978-1-78478-418-8 (Paperback)
OCLC 918986570
Preceded by Outsider in the House
Followed by Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In

Outsider in the White House is a 2015 political memoir co-authored by Huck Gutman and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, with an afterword by journalist John Nichols.[1] It was first published as Outsider in the House in 1997.[1][2]


A review in the British magazine Prospect finds Outsider surprisingly au courant for a reprint of a 20-year-old book, asserting that once readers get past the focus on Newt Gingrich era politics, the issues Sanders was addressing in the 90s: the negative impact of free trade on American wages, income inequality, falling working class wages, military overspending, poverty, and the negative impact of big corporation, feel contemporary.[3] In fact, to the British reviewer, Bernie Sanders sounds just like Jeremy Corbyn, unsurprising given that both men are lifelong socialists.[3]

The book talks about Sanders's support for the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gives United States citizens the right to bear arms.[4]

Additionally, the book talks about the Republican Revolution spearheaded by Newt Gingrich.[5] Sanders adds that the Republican Revolution works hand in hand with the Christian Coalition, whose main focus is on "immigrant and gay bashing".[6] The 2015 reedition argues that the Republican Revolution remains relevant because "for Sanders, the only thing that’s changed over the past 20 years is that the bad guys have got worse".[5]


  1. ^ a b "A Surge of Bernie Sanders Books Are Coming". Publishers Weekly. August 28, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ Seitz-Wald, Alex (28 May 2015). "The 25 best things we learned from Bernie Sanders' book". MSNBC. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Colville, Robert (10 December 2015). "Book Review: Outsider in the White House by Bernie Sanders". Prospect. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Binelli, Mark (July 9, 2015). "Weekend With Bernie". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 20, 2016. Vermont is a pro-gun state, and Sanders, in his 1997 book Outsider in the House, lamented unnecessarily losing the votes of "many working-class men" early in his career because "we handled the gun issue badly." 
  5. ^ a b Colville, Robert (December 10, 2015). "Book Review: Outsider in the White House by Bernie Sanders". Prospect. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ Nothstine, Ray (June 10, 2015). "6 Interesting Facts About Bernie Sanders And Religion". Christian Post. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 

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