Kurt Andersen is a writer. His latest book Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America is the history of how our society and economy were re-engineered to serve big business and the well-to-do at the expense of everyone else. It was a New York Times bestseller, like its companion volume Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire (2017), Andersen’s prize-winning history of America’s weakness for exciting falsehoods. In addition, he is the author of four critically acclaimed, bestselling novels — You Can’t Spell America Without Me (2017), True Believers (2012), Heyday (2007) and Turn of the Century (1999).
Andersen regularly appears on MSNBC and contributes to the New York Times, and also writes for television and the stage. He co-created and hosted the Peabody Award-winning weekly public radio program Studio 360, co-founded Spy magazine, and was a columnist and critic for The New Yorker, New York and Time, as well as editor-in-chief of New York. Born and raised in Omaha, he graduated from Harvard College and lives with his wife Anne Kreamer in Brooklyn.