“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


“This book makes a powerful case that the first president’s last public message deserves again to hold iconic status in the pantheon of our greatest founding documents.”


–Harold Holzer,
author of Lincoln and the Power of the Press, winner of the Lincoln Prize


“A brilliant look into one of the seminal documents in American history. A fantastic contribution to our national literature.”


–Douglas Brinkley,
author of Rightful Heritage:Franklin S. Roosevelt and the Land of Lincoln



“Washington’s Farewell sweeps us into a timeless and humanizing story.”


–Mark Santangelo,
Chief Librarian and Archivist, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of Geroge Washington

“In this lucidly rendered and insightful portrait of George Washington, John Avlon deconstructs the great man’s famous Farewell Address, one of the most influential documents of our political heritage, and employs the component parts as entry points into an illuminating exploration of the first president’s character and legacy. Thus does Avlon give us the real-life Washington and a compelling narrative of his time.”


–Robert W. Merry, author of Where They Stand and A Country of Vast Designs:President James K. Polk


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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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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

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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
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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

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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
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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
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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."
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