John Avlon is senior columnist and political director for Newsweek and The Daily Beast as well as a CNN contributor. 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."
June 11th, 2013
In January 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower famously warned about the growth of the “military-industrial complex” in his farewell address. Ed Snowden, late of Booz Allen Hamilton, is just one small expression of its rise. The rest is evident throughout the Gilded Age of the metro Washington area, a boom Read more…
June 6th, 2013
With news that Verizon was required to hand over supposedly private domestic phone records to the government as part of a national security dragnet, the second-term curse just got much more real for the Obama administration. To date, however, the Obama second-term scandals do not seem carelessly self-inflicted from the Read more…
June 3rd, 2013
The Greatest Generation has left the building. With the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), there are no World War II veterans serving in the U.S. Senate chamber for the first time in a half century. The milestone represents not just the inevitable passage of time, but also the reduction Read more…
June 3rd, 2013
New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who had been the last surviving World War II veteran in the U.S. Senate, is dead. And that means Gov. Chris Christie will need to appoint a successor until a special election, likely to be held this November. For Christie, it’s a decision piled high Read more…
May 31st, 2013
This week on The Big Three we say bye bye to Michele Bachmann; comedian Russell Brand joins us (naked, apparently) to talk about his column condemning group-blame in the wake of the brutal beheading of a British soldier; and Dean and Margaret offer their take on a commencement address for Read more…