John Cassidy is a journalist and author. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he is currently covering the 2012 presidential election. He is also columnist on Fortune, and a regular guest on television and radio programs. His latest book, How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities, was published in November 2009. The New York Times said it provided a "brilliant intellectual framework" for understanding the financial crisis. The Economist and Business Week selected it as one of the best books of the year.
Before joining the New Yorker, in 1995, Mr. Cassidy worked for seven years on The Sunday Times of London, where he was the Washington Correspondent and the Business Editor, and for two years on the New York Post, where he was the Deputy Editor. Mr. Cassidy's first book, Dot.Con: The Greatest Story Ever Sold, came out in 2002.
Mr. Cassidy was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in 1963. He graduated from University College, Oxford in 1984, and then came to the United States on a Harkness Fellowship. He has a masters in journalism from Columbia and a masters in economics from New York University.