Fifty percent of American voters define themselves as political moderates, two-thirds favor political solutions that come from the center of the political spectrum, and Independents outnumber both Democrats and Republicans. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush each explicitly used Centrist strategies to win the White House—and twenty-first-century candidates will be compelled to do the same.
Independent Nation documents the rich history of the defining political movement of our time. Organized as a series of short and colorful political biographies, it offers an insightful and engaging analysis of the successes and failures of key Centrist leaders throughout the twentieth century. In the process, it demonstrates that Centrism is not only a winning political strategy but an enlightened governing philosophy that best reflects the will of the people by putting patriotism ahead of partisanship and the national interest ahead of special interests.
JOHN P. AVLON is a columnist for the New York Sun and served as Chief Speechwriter and Deputy Communications Director for Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. He is the president of Prides Crossing Executive Communication and worked on Bill Clinton’s 1996 presidential… More about John Avlon
“Effective leadership requires independence and courage to look beyond partisan politics for the best solution. John P. Avlon’s Independent Nation . . . offers much-needed historic perspective on our pursuit of a more civil society.” —Rudolph W. Giuliani (Republican, New York)
“Like it or not, the future of American politics is in the vast center. Read John Avlon’s Independent Nation—it’s an excellent reminder that some of our best leaders have also been our most mainstream.” —Senator John Breaux (Democrat, Louisiana)
“A compelling distillation of recent political history through the prism of Centrist politics. It’s well written and fun to read…and its timing couldn’t be better.” —New York Post