John Avlon is the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of The Daily Beast and a CNN political analyst. He is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics, Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America, Washington’s Farewell:The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations 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.
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"That is honest to God why I think we’ll look back on this as the best time to be a journalist—not because it was easy, but because it was hard and our mission was clear.”
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Washington's Farewell“A thoughtful consideration of Washington’s wisdom that couldn’t be timelier.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“It’s Hard to tell which is more nearly perfect – John Avlon’s argument or his timing. In the wake of a dispiriting campaign, Avlon finds in Washington’s Farewell Address a stunningly topical antidote to excessive partisanship and greedy self-interest. His book is a stake through the heart of political extremism.” –Richard Norton Smith, author of On His Own Terms: A life of Nelson Rockefeller
Wingnuts: Extremism in the Age of Obama"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
Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics"A rewarding portrait of a political trend the established parties have tried to ignore." —Barron's
"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." —TheModerateVoice.com
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." —Publishers WeeklyStarred Review
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." —Jimmy Breslin New York Daily News
The Resilient CityFrom "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."