Outsider in the White House

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Outsider in the White House
First edition (1997)
AuthorsHuck Gutman, Bernie Sanders, John Nichols
Original titleOutsider in the House
CountryUnited States of America
SubjectBernie Sanders, Politics of the United States
PublisherVerso Books
Publication date
1997; 2015
ISBN978-1-78478-418-8 (Paperback)
Preceded byOutsider in the House 
Followed byThe Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class  

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 democratic 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]

"N-word" controversy[edit]

In 2019, a passage from the 1997 book sparked controversy after the Daily Caller surfaced the passage of Sanders mentioning the n-word to critique racism. In addition, it has been reported that Sanders also mentioned the n-word in his 2015 version as well.[7] The Sanders campaign later defended Sanders following the controversy.[8]


  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. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015. 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.
  7. ^ Christopher, Tommy (September 10, 2019). "Should Bernie Sanders Have Used the N-Word to 'Critique Racism' in His Book?". Mediaite.
  8. ^ Christopher, Tommy (September 6, 2019). "Bernie Sanders Campaign Defends Use of Uncensored N-Word in 1997 Book: 'Critiquing Racism is Not Racism'". Mediaite.

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