Kurt Andersen

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Kurt Andersen's most recent book Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America (2020) is a companion volume to the prize-winning Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, both of which were New York Times bestsellers. In addition, he’s the author of the novels You Can’t Spell America Without Me (2017), also a Times bestseller; True Believers, according to The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle one of the best books of 2012; Heyday, a Times bestseller and winner of the Langum Prize as the best American historical novel of 2007; and the national bestseller Turn of the Century (1999). His next book, a novel set in 2045, is due to be published in 2025.

He also writes for the theater and for television. Most recently he co-created the satirical series Command Z (2023), directed by his co-creator Steven Soderbergh.
He was co-creator and for its 20-year run host of the Peabody Award-winning public radio show/podcast Studio 360, and in 2021 of the podcast Nixon At War. He contributes often to the New York Times, The Atlantic and other publications, and appears as a commentator on MSNBC. He has served as a columnist for The New Yorker and New York, as well as Time’s architecture and design critic. As an editor, he was co-founder of the influential satirical magazine Spy, editor-in-chief of New York and editor-at-large for Random House.