“A brilliant look into one of the seminal documents in American history. A fantastic contribution to our national literature.”
author of Rightful Heritage:Franklin S. Roosevelt and the Land of Lincoln
"An indispensable anthology of an American art form… a broad and brilliantly chosen compilation of the best newspaper column writing past and present- and a real feast. I couldn’t stop reading."
— Peggy Noonan
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..
.–Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“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
“Into the prevailing winds of political wisdom sails New York Sun columnist John P. Avlon with Independent Nation, a brave and compelling case for the past persistence and future dominance of American Centrism.”
—Ed Kilgore, Policy Director of the Democratic Leadership Council
The anthology begins with an account of Henry Hudson's voyage in 1609 and ends with an essay written especially for this book by John P. Avlon, former Mayor Rudolph Guiliani's speechwriter, called "The Resilient City," on the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center as observed from City Hall.