John Avlon is the editor in chief of The Daily Beast and a CNN political analyst. He is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics and Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America as well as an editor of the anthology Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns. Previously, he was a columnist and associate editor for the New York Sun and chief speechwriter for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' award for best online column in 2012.Read More
Deadline Artists 2: Scandals, Tragedies and Triumphs
"Newspaper columns are an American art form you can read on a subway, at a ballgame or in a bar. Deadline Artists puts the best of the past in an essential anthology – now focused on Scandals, Tragedies and Triumphs. Buy it and read it. You'll have a good time and you just might learn something."
New York Daily News
Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns
"Well-catalogued and categorized, this exultant retrospective of American journalism seems ideal for today's attention spans and travel schedules... Avlon, Angelo, and Louis's glorious compilation "is a chance to be there at moments when America changes, for better or for worse." Free-flowing to the very end, lasting drops of pure wisdom...as far as this essential anthology goes, it's so well done, there's nothing left to say."
Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics
"A rewarding portrait of a political trend the established parties have tried to ignore."
"A brave and compelling case for the past persistence and future dominance of American Centrism."
— Blueprint Magazine
"The best political book ever on American centrist voters."
Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America
"Wingnuts offers a clear and comprehensive review of the forces on the outer edges of the political spectrum that shape and distort our political debate. Shedding more heat than light they drive frustrated alienated citizens away from the reasoned discourse that can produce real solutions to our problems."
—President Bill Clinton
The Resilient City
From "Empire City: New York Through the Centuries" Read John Avlon's essay on the attacks of September 11th, "The Resilient City," which was selected to conclude this anthology of writing about New York City from its founding. The essay won acclaim as "the single best essay written in the wake of 9/11."
November 23rd, 2013
This week, America was fixated on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Grief nourishes myth and a new CNN poll registers JFK as our most admired ex-president from the past half century. His brief 1,000 days in the Oval Office loom large in American memory because of his Read more…
November 9th, 2013
Gather round, children, and you will hear the strange true tale of Mayor McCrack. Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford seemed simply obese, unwise, and shady until earlier this week, when he confessed to smoking crack cocaine in what he casually described as “one of my drunken stupors.” Ford seemed surprised when Read more…
November 6th, 2013
Chris Christie’s landslide reelection in a state President Obama won by 17 points offers the GOP a memo on how to win in 2016, if it wants one. Don’t just fixate on the top-line numbers. They obscure the real story. Look instead at Christie’s initial exit poll margins among women, Read more…
November 5th, 2013
Virginia is a cautionary tale for conservatives this year. And those Republicans who always argue that their party wins when it moves further to the right are going to have a lot of explaining to do after Election Day. Polls show that “teavangelist” Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is going down Read more…
October 14th, 2013
After 12 days of stalemate, conversations – if not negotiations – have started. But House Republicans remain deadlocked with the White House, its leadership constrained by their own far-Right-wing caucus, announcing to members in a closed-door session this morning that any deal would have to come from the Senate, where Read more…
October 6th, 2013
With the government shutdown entering its second week and debt ceiling default less than two weeks away, polarization has turned poisonous and confusion reigns on Capitol Hill. “It actually reminds me of a prison siege,” says Christopher Voss, a former FBI hostage negotiator, as he surveys the dysfunctional congressional deadlock. Read more…
September 29th, 2013
It was darkly appropriate that Congressman John Culberson (R-TX) rallied his conservative colleagues on Saturday to vote for a government shutdown by saying “Like 9/11, Let’s Roll!” Because this legislative plane is headed defiantly nose-down into the ground. Decency, practicality, and perspective have deserted some of the folks working under Read more…