About

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.

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Books
  • 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

  • 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 Weekly
    Starred Review

  • 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

  • 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."

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Recent Entries
  • Why America’s poisonous politics makes ‘Market Leninism’ an Attractive Alternative

    So much for the end of history. Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall gave rise to the idea that liberal capitalist democracy would carry the human race inexorably toward broad sunlit uplands, we are confronted with the ugly fact that culture outlasts politics. The ideology of communism Read more…

  • Obama has Given Up Seeking a Solution to America’s Financial Woes

    Without a bang or a whimper, all hopes of striking a so-called “Grand Bargain” to put America’s public finances on a sustainable track died a quiet death this week. And because cynicism passes for wisdom in Washington, the passing was little lamented. But its death is a loss to the Read more…

  • Hating Kennedy – The Daily Beast

    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…

  • The Gonzo Life of Mayor McCrack – The Daily Beast

    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…

  • Christie’s Reelection Triumph Is a Revenge of the RINOs – The Daily Beast

    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…

  • What GOP Can Learn from Cuccinelli’s Tanking Bid in Virginia – CNN

    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…

  • Paralyzed by Polarization – The Daily Beast

    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…