Jonathan Allen is a New York Times best-selling author of books on modern American politics and the senior political analyst for NBC News Digital. A frequent guest on national television programs and public speaker, he has been the Washington bureau chief for Bloomberg News, the White House bureau chief for Politico and a congressional reporter for Politico, Congressional Quarterly and The Hill. He is the head of community and content at Sidewire, a mobile-based platform designed to foster high-level conversations about politics. He is the author of Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency (2021), and Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign (2017).

Exclusively represented by BrightSight Speakers bureau, Jonathan won the National Press Foundation’s Everett McKinley Dirksen award and the National Press Club’s Sandy Hume award for his reporting on Congress.

In 2014, he published his first book with writing partner Amie Parnes, HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, under the Crown imprint at PenguinRandomHouse. It spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, peaking at No. 6, and won favorable reviews from Michiko Kakutani of New York Times, Liza Mundy in The Washington Post, Rebecca Traister in the Los Angeles Times, radio host Hugh Hewitt and others.

Jonathan's past speaking engagements include work as a featured speaker, panelist and moderator for The Washington Ideas Forum, The National Book Festival, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, Microsoft's PAC, the Brookings Institution, Princeton University and classes at Harvard, West Point, Georgetown and American universities.

Exclusively represented by BrightSight Speakers bureau, Jonathan Allen has appeared on all three networks as a political analyst and is a regular guest on cable programs such as Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.

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ELECTION 2024 Update

New York Times best-selling author and political journalist breaks down the forthcoming election from top to bottom.


Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency

The inside story of the historic 2020 presidential election and Joe Biden’s harrowing ride to victory, from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of Shattered, the definitive account of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

Almost no one thought Joe Biden could make it back to the White House—not Donald Trump, not the two dozen Democratic rivals who sought to take down a weak front-runner, not the mega-donors and key endorsers who feared he could not beat Bernie Sanders, not even Barack Obama. The story of Biden’s cathartic victory in the 2020 election is the story of a Democratic Party at odds with itself, torn between the single-minded goal of removing Donald Trump and the push for a bold progressive agenda that threatened to alienate as many voters as it drew.

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER… It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the riveting story of a sure thing gone off the rails.

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER… The mesmerizing story of Hillary Clinton's political rebirth, based on eyewitness accounts from deep inside her inner circle.

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